Well, I would call it one hell of a surprise from Sony Ericsson. Company just announced that Xperia X10 will get Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread update in the end of Q2 or Q3 start. It is certainly a great news for Xperia X10 owners, who were sulking till now. The update release will be based on Android 2.3.3.
Sony Ericsson had earlier announced that company has no intentions to provide any further Android updates for the Xperia X10, but today’s announcement is certainly a welcome news.
According to SE on its product Blog:
We plan to bring an upgrade to Android Gingerbread for the XperiaTM X10 to generic trade kits end Q2 / early Q3 this year.
The unlocked devices will be the first to receive the Gingerbread update, but operator version can also get lucky, but that is not for sure.
- The current plan is that the Xperia X10 will get the Android standard Camera user interface and therefore features like e.g. face recognition, smile shutter etc will be lost.
- Moxier is replaced by the gingerbread native EAS functionality.
- Mediascape is being replaced by the media experience widgets and music player included in our new 2011 products.
- DRM keys for protected content on your phone will be lost in the upgrade process.
- The Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore client is not supported in the Gingerbread version and will therefore be lost.
- Support for bi-directional languages will be reduced compared to the latest version of the 2.1 version of the Xperia X10.
The update will be available via the Sony Ericsson update tool, not over the air, and at last Xperia X10 mini, mini pro and Xperia X8 will not be getting Gingerbread updates.