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Sony Ericsson Brings Gingerbread To Xperia X10

Phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson has confirmed that it will be bringing Android 2.3 Gingerbread to its popular Xperia X10 model, although the Mini, the Mini Pro and the X8 are unlikely to get anything better than Android 2.1 Éclair.

In a post on its official blog (opens in new tab), the company said that its developers have been working hard on the upgrade since March 2011 and that while development and testing is still going strong, the plan is to roll out Gingerbread at the beginning of August.

The update will keep the original UI of the Xperia X10 camera, the lack of which on development platforms was very badly received.

Sony Ericsson also said that there will be a new Facebook app included in Gingerbread as well as most of the functionality found in the new range of Xperia phones launched in 2011, like the Xperia arc. Hence expect App storage on microSD, Wi-Fi & USB tethering but no DLNA compatibility yet.

The Xperia X10 is still a very decent smartphone which, for too long, was held back by a sub-par mobile platform. It packed a 4.3-inch 854x480 pixel screen, a 1Ghz single core Qualcomm SoC as well as a wealth of features that puts it on a par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S and the HTC Desire.

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 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.