Sony Ericsson explain Android 2.1 delay in UK

Unfortunately the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 range has still not been released in the UK despite the update being available for four days in other regions. Sony Ericsson previously claimed that the UK would receive the update before the end of October, which when the Sony Ericsson Product Blog announced that the Android 2.1 would be released on October 31st to the Norwegian market, many assumed that the UK would also get the update at the same time, or at the very latest, the next day as more “kits” were promised to be released the following day.

Fast forward to November 4th and there’s still no sign of the Android 2.1 update for the Xperia X10 line in the UK. Just before the release date was announced, the UK team sent out a message on their Twitter saying that the update was in the last stages of testing. While not exactly encouraging, it did show that the update was nearing release. Over the weekend however, the Sony Ericsson UK Twitter team were no where to be found until some time Monday, who then had I’m sure, thousands of Tweets about Android 2.1 for X10 owners in the UK.

Unfortunately their response was very disappointing. We heard that they were sorry for the delay and that they would have more news for us regarding the update in the next few days. They followed this Tweet up with a reply to another user also using the “next few days” line but, this time saying the update should be with us then.

Since then however, more information has been revealed about the delay. A further Tweet once again said that more testing was needing to be done, for the UK anyway. After this, the response changed to ‘more news would come in a couple of days’. There has been no further news regarding when the Android 2.1 update will be released in the UK for the X10, however according to the Sony Ericsson UK Twitter team, one of the tests that needs to be carried out (and presumably still is being carried out), is to ensure it meets UK laws and regulations. Maybe it’s just me but, this seems like something that should have been done in advance of the update being released, not after. If for some obscure reason it doesn’t meet UK laws and regulations, the UK may not receive the update at all, however this is very, very unlikely to be the case but, something to bear in mind. Until this test is passed though, it seems we won’t hear any news from the Sony Ericsson UK team regarding a UK release date. We will however, as always, keep you posted on the latest updates.