Do your eyes deceive? No good sir/madam, they do not. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Sony’s flagship Android phone of 2009 (and 2010) is officially getting an update to the latest build of Google’s operating system for mobiles, Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”.
Before you pull out the party poppers though, know that Sony Ericsson is already doing damage control, going on record to warn users that “some of you may not get this upgrade.” Hmm.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 has had a troubled past. Launched this time last year with Android 1.6, it was already out of date by the time it hit the shelves, and by the time a 2.1 update rolled out, Android 2.2 was already old hat.
Sony Ericsson had said that that would be that for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, but in a surprise reverse turn today, has announced that an Android 2.3 update will indeed be coming late Q2 or early Q3, suggesting a June or July timeframe.
This will bring features such as Sony Ericsson’s new look Timescape contact app (and remove the Mediascape app), as well as new Android features such as a PIN lock for the screen, speed improvements and potentially Adobe Flash video streaming support.
The catch? Sony Ericsson says that “the final scope of the software is still a work in progress…[and] we want to be very clear already at this stage on the fact that some of you may not get this upgrade.”
Ultimately, it looks like Sony Ericsson knows some networks may not bother to push the update out to their handsets, given the trouble many have had with Android updates in the past. Still some Gingerbread is better than none right? Let us know if this will convince you to hold on to your X10 in the comments below.