Earlier Sony Ericsson made it very clear that the Xperia line of products like the X10, X8, X10 mini will not get any future software updates. Apparently they seem to have changed their mind, atleast for the X10. Sony Ericsson has now made a statement that the Xperia X10 will be getting the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by Q2 or early Q3 of 2011.
To make it clear, the phone will be skipping a version, i.e from 2.1 it will jump to 2.3 directly. Sony Ericsson says that the reason for this, is that they were very focused on launching Gingerbread for their 2011 line up which made it possible for them to work on Gingerbread for X10 as well. The X10 Mini, X8, And the X10 mini pro will not be getting this update. Sony Ericsson says they have to prioritize their resources and have decided to focus on the X10 only for the update.
The update will be available via the PC update software. Updating your X10 to Gingerbread will however make it loose some of its previous functionality:
The current plan is that the XperiaTM X10 will get the Android standard Camera user interface and therefore features like e.g. face recognition, smile shutter etc will be lost.
Moxier is replaced by the gingerbread native EAS functionality.
Mediascape is being replaced by the media experience widgets and music player included in our new 2011 products.
DRM keys for protected content on your phone will be lost in the upgrade process.
The Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore client is not supported in the Gingerbread version and will therefore be lost.
Support for bi-directional languages will be reduced compared to the latest version of the 2.1 version of the XperiaTM X10.
Sony Ericsson intent here is to bring similar software experiences to the X10 in comparison to their Xperia 2011 line up. However the X10 being a old and dated phone has certain hardware limitations and the entire 2011 Xperia phones experience cannot be fully ported to the X10.
Never the less, it is great to see Sony Ericsson giving support to people who are still hanging on to the Xperia X10.
[ via Sony Ericsson Blog ]