Sony Ericsson has said up until now that the Xperia X10 would only get upgrade to Android 2.1 Eclair, but today Sony Ericsson announced through its official blog that it will offer upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the Xperia X10 smartphone. The Gingerbread upgrade will apply to generic trade kits, and no specific carrier version was announced. The upgrade is scheduled to roll out at the end of Q2 and early Q3 this year. Once the Xperia X10 is upgraded, it will join Sony Ericsson's 2011 products such as the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo and Xperia arc, all running the new Android OS version. Check out our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: http://www.mobiletechreview.com/phones/Sony-Ericsson-Xperia-X10.htm
Here is some key info from Sony Ericsson's Q&A on the upgrade:
Will any functionality from the previous software version disappear by doing this upgrade?
Yes ? the work is still ongoing so details will be communicated closer to launch but these are the current expected limitations:
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. How do I get this upgrade?
The upgrade will only be available through our PC-based upgrade clients. I.e. it cannot be done over the air. Can I go back to the 2.1 version if I am not happy with the upgrade?
No ? our upgrade solutions do not support downgrading. Will I lose any content or settings by doing the upgrade?
Yes ? All your personal content and settings stored in the phone will be lost in the process. You will have to make sure that you have stored your information somewhere else. Note that the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore client will not be included in the Gingerbread version, therefore we recommend using a 3rd party backup application if you don?t have your data stored in other places than your phone. Content stored on your memory card is not affected by the upgrade, except DRM protected content since keys will be lost.
Why did you bypass the 2.2 upgrade?
Our focus has been on Gingerbread. The work we have been doing on Gingerbread for our products launching in 2011 has given us a solution that made it possible to deliver Gingerbread on XperiaTM X10. Will you upgrade the XperiaTM X10 mini, mini pro and XperiaTM X8 to 2.3?
No, we have no such plans. We have had to prioritize our resources and have therefore focused on delivering the upgrade to XperiaTM X10. Will you continue to upgrade XperiaTM X10 beyond Gingerbread 2.3?