Xperia X10 To Receive Gingerbread

In a gratifying reversal, Sony Ericsson formally announced the coming Gingerbread release for the Xperia X10. The news was posted in a message on the Product Launch Blog. So, why the change of heart?

First, according to the blog, they’ve “heard our requests.” They also made a lot of progress while developing for their newest Xperia phones, which enabled them to update the previously doomed X10. There are some limitations, though, and Sony Ericsson wants to be clear that the limitations are known in advance.

The X10 won’t include some of Sony’s better features like the smile detection on the camera. Instead the stock Gingerbread camera will be used. I particularly like that feature, but it is a small price to pay for getting the latest OS. Face recognition will also be lost due to the stock camera. Any DRM content will be overwritten in the upgrade, so you’ll likely have to deal with that when the time comes if you want to listen to your music. Other than that, the limitations as currently stated are pretty minor. There will be some downsizing of language support and the Backup and Restore app will go away.

The update is due by the end of Q2 or early Q3, but we’ll have to wait and see. It will be based on Gingerbread 2.3.3, and this will be the “final” upgrade. That works for me. I’m looking at another year before I can upgrade, so the Gingerbread bump will be quite useful. I’ve long since abandoned AT&T’s meager Donut offering, and am currently running Froyo on my phone. The differences are pretty spectacular. As might be expected, AT&T customers won’t be getting this update. You’ll have to take matters into your own hands if you are so inclined. In my experience it was worth it.

Gingerbread is nearly complete at XDA, but the camera isn’t quite ready. Froyo got a nice camera upgrade recently at XDA, if you want to check that out. All this was without the benefit of kernel access, so Sony Ericsson should be able to produce a nice package for us to enjoy.

I’m pretty stoked about this news. I’ll be watching for updates and pass them along.

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