In the “better late than never” category is today’s release of an Android OS 2.1 upgrade for AT&T’s version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. This device has high-end hardware, but has been hobbled by its out-of-date operating system version.
It debuted at the end of last summer with Android OS 1.6 (Donut), at a time when rival devices were shipping with OS 2.1 (Eclair). And even today’s move to OS 2.1 still leaves it well behind the cutting edge, as most recent smartphones are running OS 2.2 (Froyo) and a few are up to OS 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Sony Ericsson says that this new version of the system software will bring a number of features to Xperia X10, starting with multi-touch support for the 4-inch, WVGA touchscreen. The number of homescreens has also been increased from three to five. Improvements to the the 8.1 megapixel camera include support for 720p HD video capture, continuous auto-focus, and face detection when taking video.
Users of the European version of this device have been able to install OS 2.1 since last October — it was only the AT&T customers that were still waiting.