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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 To Get Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Sony Ericsson has confirmed that its former flagship smartphone, the Xperia X10, will receive the latest Android 2.3.3 firmware update, much to the surprise of everyone in the industry.

At first, many X10 customers thought that Sony Ericsson would not deliver updates for the phone beyond Android 2.1 (Eclair) but in a blog post last week (opens in new tab), the mobile phone manufacturer said tha it would bring the update to "generic trade kits" by the end of Q2/ early Q3 this year.

Writing for the company's official blog, Rikard Skogberg, one of the Sony Ericsson's spokespersons, said that the development of software for the new range of Xperia phones "gave us a solution that made it possible to deliver Gingerbread" on the X10.

That said, the update will only be available initially, because of resource constraints, to those who have purchased the phone in the trade rather than through operators who may have customised the phone.

This means that some customers may not get this upgrade because the operators decided so. Other phones in the X10 range like the X10 mini and the X10 mini pro won't get the upgrade, neither will the X8.

In addition, the update, unlike previous ones, will be made only via PC-based software, meaning that users will have to backup their content and personal setting before proceeding with the upgrade.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.