Android Phones

Sony Explains No Froyo for X10, Proves They Don’t Understand Android

January 6, 2011 | by Michael Heller

Sony Mobile

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Although the news probably didn’t surprise too many people, earlier today, Sony Ericsson finally stated that there will never be a Froyo upgrade for the Xperia X10. Now, they’ve released an explanation for that decision, saying:

“We believe the features included in the Android 2.1 phone are on par with, and in many cases better than, a vanilla installation of 2.2.”

So, Sony Ericsson seems to believe that users are better off not having:

  • A system-wide speed increase due to JIT compiler
  • Flash 10.1 support
  • USB tethering and WiFi hotspot
  • Voice dialing via bluetooth
  • Better Exchange support
  • Install apps to SD
  • Push notifications

Not to mention support for Chrome to Phone, Voice Actions or the newest version of YouTube.

SE later dialed back that original comment saying, “We believe the version of Android 2.1 which we have implemented on the X10 is suitable for the hardware of these particular models.”

So, really SE just didn’t want to come out and say it was hardware issues. They wanted to pass the buck to Android. Nice try.