While the rest of the world sees its Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 handsets receive their eagerly-awaited Android 2.1 updates, users in the United States have been out of luck so far. Sony Ericsson finally stepped up to explain the delays today, but has still not set a date for when the upgrade will go through.
The company makes two arguments for the lack of progress. First it points to the phone’s release timeline, where the US was not among the first nations where the phone went up for sale. It stands to reason, according to SE’s logic, that updates should be staggered in the same manner, where countries that have had the X10 longer get the software first. While that may make sense if there’s only one team working its way through, preparing the upgrade country-by-country, Sony Ericsson has the engineering strength to make that prospect unlikely.
SE says the bigger issue is that there’s just a whole lot of testing and validation to be done before the software can be released. Carriers want to make sure that any changes to a handset don’t negatively impact the network nor the user experience. The company posted, “In the U.S., the testing process is especially rigorous, and can take months to complete, which is why we cannot announce the timing for availability of the X10 update in the U.S. It’s not that we don’t want to; it’s that the timing is undefined until such testing is completed.”