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Sony Ericsson 2011 Xperia Range To Get Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread

After Samsung, Sony Ericsson is the next manufacturer which is likely to bring Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread to its smartphones launched this year.

According to a Sony Ericsson website called SEMCblog (opens in new tab), The updates are apparently being tested on the Xperia Play, Neo, arc and Pro and may be coming to the other three - the Ray, the active and the txt - which were launched last month as well.

When will it be introduced? Sony Ericsson has not confirmed anything yet but given Google's current stance on rapidly rolling out firmware upgrades, a Q3 2011 launch shouldn't be ruled out.

It is unlikely that Gingerbread will ever come to the X8, the X10 Mini Pro or the X10 Mini. Don't discount the X10 though as it has a large enough screen and just enough system storage for Gingerbread.

That minor upgrade will fix a number of bugs and vulnerabilities and will bring in some new features like Sony's audio filter technology, xLOUD and webcam functionality.

It's worth noting that there are rumours of an Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 being developed already, and that by the end of the year both Honeycomb, Google's mobile platform for tablets, and Gingerbread will be merged into one single entity called Ice Cream Sandwich.

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 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.