Sony Ericsson has announced that the smartphones in its Xperia X10 line will get upgrades to Android OS 2.1 during the third quarter of this year.
The Xperia X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro are all getting operating system upgrades at some point between July and September.
The jump from Android OS 1.5 to version 2.1 of Google’s mobile OS brings a number of improvements, including much greater support for speech-to-text, allowing users to enter text into an application with only their voice.
Just for the Xperia X10
This update will bring an additional feature to the flagship Xperia X10: HD video recording.
In addition, Sony Ericsson has promised that a second update for the X10 will be introduced in the fourth quarter of this year. This will allow the smartphone to wirelessly send content to TVs.
What about Android OS 2.2?
Earlier this month, Google unveiled Android OS 2.2, although this has not yet been officially released for any model. There has been no word from Sony Ericsson on when an upgrade to this version will be available for its smartphones.
This version adds support for playing Adobe Flash content in the web browser.
More about the Xperia X10 Line
The Xperia X10 was Sony Ericsson’s first smartphone running Google’s OS. It offers a large, high-resolution display, a 1 GHz processor and a 8.1 megapixel camera, among other high-end features.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that AT&T is going to release a version of the Xperia X10 next month.
This spring, the company followed this model up with the Xperia X10 mini and the Xperia X10 mini pro. As their names suggest, these will be smaller than the original, with 2.5-inch, QVGA touchscreens, instead of the 4-inch, WVGA+ display on their big brother.
Internally, they will have much in common, but they will have different designs: the X10 mini pro will include a sliding keyboard, but the X10 mini will not.
They have a scaled-down feature set, too, like a 600 MHz processor and a 5 MPx camera.