Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android upgrade

Last year, Sony Ericsson drew a line under updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. End of story? Not at all, with the official Sony Ericsson blog now talking of another update, this time from Android 2.1 Éclair to Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Rikard Skogberg, the man behind the official blog, has been doing a Q&A of sorts about the phone, confirming Android Gingerbread in the process, which is said to land sometime over summer for sim-free phones. If you are with a network, expect a later date as ever. What do you get? Apparently, despite still being a work in progress, you are likely to see 'similar software and functionality' to the latest Xperia handsets that use the Gingerbread platform. Good news, with some qualification.

Some current features will be lost in the process, including face recognition, smile shutter etc on the camera, Mediascape, which is being replaced by the 'media experience widgets and music player' used on the new phones plus DRM keys for protected content and Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore client to name just a few things. Some 2.3 features will not make the cut either, anything hardware-specific that is. So you'll not get 'HDMI out' for example.

So not the perfect upgrade, but still a welcome upgrade for a phone presumed trapped inside the world of Android 2.1 forever. Just a shame that it's unlikely to reach the network phones until the latter part of 2011, when Android might well have moved on again.

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