Sony Ericsson X10 Gets Unofficial Android 2.2 Froyo

After the hard work of XDA developer they have managed to crack Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X10 bootloader, which means that development of custom ROMs will be possible in the future.This will no doubt be pleasing news for users of the Xperia X10, which is still using Android 1.6. However, Android phones are now using 2.1 and 2.2 with Gingerbread on the way.

However, unofficially the X10 is hopefully weeks away from a clean Android 2.2 ROM. The folks over at XDA have somehow managed to bypass the X10’s boot loader and are working on a clean, stock Android 2.2.1 based Custom ROM for the handset. Right now, the ROM is in pre-alpha testing and the developers will try to squish all the bugs found during the testing phase by the users.

The next Beta version of the custom ROM is expected to be available in several days, but the developers haven’t disclosed a release date yet.

The developers of the custom ROM stated that the Beta version will be flashable and ready to be used as main system, but that users trying the pre-alpha build should have their devices dual boot.

The following known issues have already been identified and will be fixed in the next version of the ROM:

– no Audio playback (voice calls work)
– no native Video playback (RockPlayer works)
– camera – not implemented yet
– random reboots (identified – WIP)
– random lags (identified – WIP)
– slight radio issue – voice calls – sometimes (1 out of 25-30 for me) both you and the other person sound like a chipmunk (identified – WIP)

As a side note, the new custom ROM requires 1GB of free space on SD card and the smartphone needs to be rooted with busybox installed.

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