Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the Android 2.1 update for the XPERIA X10 – which it had previously promised would be released sometime this month – has been delayed, and is now not expected to arrive until the end of October.  The company claims to “have had to spend some additional time on the software to really makes sure we roll-out with the right quality and user experience,” and will not only be upgrading the X10 but the smaller X10 mini and X10 mini pro.

The news comes as a blow to XPERIA users, whose phone was released with 1.6 at a time when rival handsets were already using Android 2.0 firmware.  Meanwhile Sony Ericsson are warning that the roll-out will be phased, so it may take several weeks after the initial release before every device gets a bite of the Eclair.

Xperia X10:

  • HD video recording with continuous auto-focus for high quality videos
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android 2.1
  • New back up and restore application, with extended content back up
  • 5 homescreens for apps, widgets, shortcuts and folders
  • Social phonebook which automatically syncs contact pictures from Facebook and shows when your friends are online

Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro:

  • Improved Bluetooth functionality with support for sending and receiving pictures, contacts and more
  • New backup and restore application with extended content back up
  • Automatic synchronization of your contact pictures between Facebook and your phone book
  • Improved ways of handling pictures, audio, text and numbers in your messages
  • Upgrade of the Android platform to Android platform 2.1