Sony Ericsson has given a date to its long-awaited, and initially unexpected, update to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) for the Xperia X10 smartphone.
In addition to bringing the handset up to a specification that will allow the installation of Adobe Flash and other apps designed for Android 2.2 and above, the update will also bring the new ‘Facebook inside Xperia‘ service that was recently rolled out to the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and will be introduced on future Xperia models such as the Xperia neo, Xperia pro and the two new Xperia mini models.
The 2.3.3 update will being to roll out in August, starting with the generic/unbranded models and then to network branded variants thereafter.
Sony Ericsson has produced a video to show off some of the new features.
From the Sony Ericsson blog:
Update on Gingerbread for Xperia¢ X10
Back in March we announced that we are working on a Gingerbread update for XperiaTM X10. Our developers have been working hard on this and the work has progressed well. Development and testing is still ongoing and the current plan is start the roll-out in the beginning of August.
For more information on what to expect from this update please re-visit the original post from back in March, most of it is still valid:
A few things have changed since then.
First of all – we’ve seen your feedback about losing some of the camera features of the original XperiaTM X10. Our developers have been working on it and I can now confirm that also the Gingerbread version of the X10 software will keep the original camera UI as in the Ãclair version. I can also confirm that the new Facebook inside XperiaTM functionality introduced in the 2011 XperiaTM products will also be in the XperiaTM X10. More info on what it is and what it does at:
As said in March most of the 2011 XperiaTM software functionality from e.g. XperiaTM arc will be included. 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.
One difference compared to the 2011 products is that DLNA will not be included. Extra type approvals were needed for that and we were unable to prioritize that without jeopardizing the time schedule. There are both server and client alternatives downloadable from Android market though.
For XperiaTM X10 mini, mini pro and X8 there are as communicated earlier no plans to update beyond the current Ãclair version. There are two mains reasons for this: The XperiaTM X10 mini, X10 mini pro and X8 all have less RAM memory than XperiaTM X10. By this we can’t guarantee a good user experience by upgrading beyond Android 2.1. The upgrade of XperiaTM X10 also was made possible due to that we had a code base that mostly could be reused. For the mini’s, who have a different user interface, this possibility did not exist.
With regards to the roll-out plan, as said back in March, this will first and foremost be made available to generic trade kits. Even if there will be some operator kits getting this upgrade, as said before – some of you will not be able to upgrade your customized version of XperiaTM X10.