According to a spokesperson at Sony Ericsson's Asia launch of its new smartphones, the Android-based Xperia phones may get updated to Android 2.2 from their current Android 1.6 software in the second half of the year.
The phones in question are the same ones CNET Asia saw at the recent Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona and include the X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Earlier this year, the company had confirmed that the devices will enjoy an upgrade to a newer version of Android. We assumed this would be version 2.1 but were informed today that it "will be an Eclair variant, so it could be 2.1 or even 2.2", according to the spokesperson.
There have been rumors of Android 2.2, most significantly one about a certain HTC Scorpion originating from AndroidSpin. But this is the first time we're hearing about the existence of this version from a device manufacturer. The update timeframe isn't very specific, and could range from four to as distant as eight months from now.