Xperia X10

Xperia X10 Gingerbread Update Date Clarified by Sony Ericsson

In a letter to the public, Sony Ericsson Head of Product PR Mattias Holm noted that there had been an update on SonyEricsson.com regarding a Gingerbread update to the Xperia X10. Unfortunately for all parties involved, Holm notes now that the information saying that Xperia X10's update was available instantly was a bit premature. Instead, Holm notes that the update will take a few more days to roll out. On another note, there's been a lot of impersonating of Sony Ericsson's Rikard Skogberg happening in the past few weeks, Holm warning the public to only trust the one true Skogberg.

XPERIA X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update coming August [Video]

Sony Ericsson has announced that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the XPERIA X10 is on track for a roll-out from the beginning of August 2011. The company has also released a video demo of the upgrade in action - which you can see below - as well as confirming just what features have made it in - or been left out - of the new ROM. After user requests, the original camera UI from the Eclair build has been left in the Gingebread update. The Facebook Inside XPERIA tweaks - which allow for sharing from the media player, browser and other apps - are present, as is most of the functionality from the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc.
"The UI with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar and Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi & USB tethering, App storage on SD-card etc are included. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 XperiaTM Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash."
However, Sony Ericsson will not be including DLNA support out of the box, due to the inherent delays in getting type approvals, though third-party apps are available in the Android Market. Generic trade versions of the X10 will get the update first, followed by some operator models. However, the company warns that - as said before - some operator-supplied models will not be eligible for the Gingerbread update. [youtube zfEOU8juGec]

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Running Gingerbread and maybe an Unlocked Bootloader [video]

For all you Sony Ericsson lovers out there it seems SE might be getting closer to an official release of 2.3.3 Gingerbread for the Xperia X10. The Xperia X10 was originally launched on Android 1.6 and the wait for a newer version of Android was a long road if you were waiting for an official release. It took until the end of May of this year for the X10 to get Android 2.1 and 2.3 has been around for a while, but we are now seeing what looks to be an official version running on the Xperia X10.

Sony Ericsson confirms Gingerbread for XPERIA X10

Sony Ericsson's decision earlier this year to freeze OS updates for the XPERIA X10 met with no small amount of disgust from owners of the smartphone, and their complaints were certainly vocal. Now, however, Sony Ericsson has backtracked and changed its mind, announcing that Android 2.3 Gingerbread will now be headed to the X10 at end Q2/early Q3 this year. Sony Ericsson describe the decision as a response to consumer feedback and a side-effect of developing Gingerbread for the 2011 model range. There are a few things to consider, however. The update will be for generic handsets, not carrier-modified versions, and there's no guarantee that the latter will ever get Gingerbread. The XPERIA X10 mini and mini pro won't be getting Gingerbread, and Sony Ericsson says this really will be the final update for the X10 - it'll see no subsequent updates after 2.3. There'll also be some limitations compared to the XPERIA Arc and other 2011 handsets:
  • The current plan is that the XperiaTM 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 XperiaTM X10.
Still, we have to give Sony Ericsson credit for changing its mind on a decision that left a lot of people furious about being early-adopters of the company's handsets. [via Clove]

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets Gingerbread courtesy of Arc

Sony Ericsson may have abandoned Android OS update plans for the XPERIA X10, but that doesn't mean the modding community is done with the smartphone. Over at xda-developers, TripNRaVeR has fashioned nothing less than Android 2.3 Gingerbread for the X10, based on the version running on the XPERIA Arc. So far, the list of what's working far outnumbers what isn't, though the ROM download is currently offline so that sound support can be added in. Still, network, data, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Sony Ericsson's Timescape all work as expected.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 No-Froyo Due to Complicated UI

So you might have been here a while ago, right around ten days ago I believe it was, when we learned news of a stopping of updates for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 beyond 2.1, that means no Froyo for you. Sony's reasoning back then was that they'd believed, or decided, that the current Xperia range was better on Android 2.1 "coupled with Sony Ericsson's proprietary upgrades and unique hardware." Turns out that statement lead to a slightly more loaded one that most people missed.
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