After few months using Android Donut 1.6, I upgraded my Android powered phone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, from native Android Donut 1.6 into Android Eclair 2.1 .
Have a look on the difference between the Android Donut and Android Eclair.
It cost me about good few hours of the time to find everything I need to do the Android upgrade for Xperia X8. So I decide to do a little “How to” with easy steps to get the new Android Eclair 2.1 to your Xperia X8. I’ll try to explain it to you as easy as possible. Because we all are Xperia X8 owners and we want to get the Android 2.1 Eclair inside our X8.
Before we start: Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for any damage. You do it at on your own risk.
Install the support application software to the PC or laptop.
You need an internet connection to download software as well as download the main update of Android Eclair 2.1. The support software which you need to download is the latest version of PC Companion for Xperia X8. You’ll find this application at Sony Ericsson website. It’s only 24.8 Mb exe file and it shouldn’t take too much time to get it even if you have slow internet connection. Download it and install to the the PC or laptop. After installation, run the PC Companion, connect the Xperia X8 into the PC via USB cable, and then click connect your phone at the Xperia X8 screen. PC Companion then would search for the software update automatically.
Install backup and restore software and backup all data.
You should disconnect the Xperia X8 by click turn off usb on your PC and disconnect the USB cable.
Install backup and restore application from Sony Ericsson Website by scanning this code
…or type this address into your X8 web browser: m.sonyericsson.com/backup The app is small and it takes less then one minute to get it into your X8 phone.
Backup some important data like your contact, SMS messages, bookmarks, your system setting, etc. After backup process completed, you’re ready for next step.
Upgrade Android Donut 1.6 to Android Eclair 2.1.
Connect the Xperia X8 phone using the USB cable again into the PC with pressing the back button while you put the USB cable into the Xperia X8 and continue the process of updating the Android in PC Companion application. The PC companion is easy to use, just follow all steps to the end. After update process, disconnect the USB cable from your Xperia X8 and then turn it on. After the phone run, check the version of Android in the system setting menu it should show: Android 2.1 Eclair. The feeling is great, like you have a new phone. Isn’t it? The phone is really like new, also no contacts, bookmarks, messages… Yes, you need to restore the backup from step number 2.
Restoring the Backup into the Xperia X8.
You should find and tap the Backup and Restore icon on your Xperia X8 home screen. Tap Restore, than select your backup file, mark the data categories you wish to restore. Tap continue and Restore data. After you get message “Data restored”, tap last time the continue.
That’s it. You have new Android Eclair 2.1 installed in your Xperia X8 and all data like contacts restored. Congratulations.
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