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Sony Ericsson launches some new phones and discovers Android 2.1

by Scott Bicheno on 16 June 2010, 15:36

Tags: Sony Ericsson

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Gaining on the pack

We know product roadmaps are started years in advance, and that Android 1.6 is still a good operating system, but it starts to look bad if you're still using that version when Google has already started talking-up version 2.2.

Sony Ericsson is presumably acutely aware of this and, while still not exactly leading from the front, has announced that its Xperia X10 range will get a 2.1 upgrade before the end of the year. For reference, our Motorola Milestone got one automatically weeks ago. Another, more novel, upgrade to the X10 in Q4 will allow users to display content on their TVs, wirelessly, from their phone.

On top of that, SE has launched no less than three new handsets today. The Xperia X8 is positioned as an entry level (under €200) Android (1.6) phone, with a three inch touch screen and 3.2MP camera. It will be available in Q3 in a bunch of different colours.

 

 

The SE Yendo is being positioned as the first Walkman phone with full touch screen functionality, as featured in the X10 mini, but with SE's own OS. The differentiator is in the Walkman media player software, and it too will be available in Q3 in a bunch of colours.

 

 

Lastly we have the SE Cedar - a feature-phone along the lines of the trusty C902 - with sufficient ecological concessions to allow SE to slap some kind of ‘green' tag on it. Once more, the Cedar will appear in Q3, but there will only be a couple of colour-schemes to choose from.

 



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No word on an upgrade to the X10 Mini (Pro)? I was looking at the Pro seriously but if it's never going to leave 1.6 then I may have to give it a miss.
jimbouk
No word on an upgrade to the X10 Mini (Pro)? I was looking at the Pro seriously but if it's never going to leave 1.6 then I may have to give it a miss.

That upgrade applies to the whole Xperia X10 range.
We know product roadmaps are started years in advance, and that Android 1.6 is still a good operating system, but it starts to look bad if you're still using that version when Google has already started talking-up version 2.2.

Sony Ericsson is presumably acutely aware of this and, while still not exactly leading from the front, has announced that its Xperia X10 range will get a 2.1 upgrade before the end of the year

Am I missing something here, but surely it'd be possible to streamline the addition of the SE-specific bits so they can keep up with Google a bit more closely? What's worrying me is that you get a new version of Android, then SE take their own sweet time putting in their add-ons, then you've got to wait further while the teleco's put in their “contribution” (i.e. stripping out the stuff they don't like). Which means that the phone that Jane and Joe Public is offered is way out of date… Not good - especially as each version of Android seems to be noticeably better than the last.

Seeing the article title, I was kind of hoping that the X10 replacement (“X12”, “X10+”, whatever-they're-going-to-call-it) had broken cover, and it was time for some major tech lust. :drool: Still, I'm sure I can wait until closer to the end of the year (Christmas present time!)

As to the non-Android stuff, it's nice to see that SE can still design some nice looking phones, although I can't help thinking that having their own OS is a bit extravagant - aren't there enough choices on offer at the moment?! :surprised:
SE Cedar looks like a good phone tbh, it cant be that expensive and offers many advantages over other phones, whilt app support will be an issue though.

I also love the name :P
I vowed never to own another SE phone after my 3rd K700, then again after my 2nd K750, then again after my 2nd K800, then again after my 2nd K850 and then finally, when the earpiece on my current C905 stopped working I decided that was it - my next phone was going to be an HTC Desire.

Then SE come along and do this…