Sony Ericsson updates Xperia X10 to Android 2.3

But owners of Sony Ericsson X10 mini, mini pro and X8 are not so lucky

Sony Ericsson is planning to upgrade the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3 at the end of the second quarter or the beginning of the third quarter, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

The company has previously stated that it wasn't going to upgrade the Xperia X10 beyond version 2.1, much to the dismay of users. But there has now been a change of plans, and the company will upgrade "generic trade versions" of the device, meaning those that haven't been customized for an operator.

Owners of X10s that have been customized for an operator will have to keep their fingers crossed, some may not get the upgrade, the blog post said.

Android 2.3 will bring better performance and a new user interface. The final scope of the software is still a work in progress, according to Sony Ericsson. But the upgrade will also mean that some functionality will disappear. For example, the camera will get the standard user interface, rather than retain Sony Ericsson's own, and features like face recognition and smile shutter will be lost, it said.

The X10 is Sony Ericsson's first Android-based smartphone and started shipping about a year ago. It comes with a 4-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera.

The news of the upgrade has been met with much jubilee: "WOW!!! What fantastic news! I don't know whether I should hug my X10 or give [blogger] Rikard a kiss!" Candido wrote in a comment to the blog post.

However, not everyone is as happy. Owners of the Xperia X10 mini, mini pro and Xperia X8 will have to make do with version 2.1. There are no plans to upgrade those phones. Sony Ericsson has had to prioritize resources and decided to focus on upgrading the Xperia X10, the blog post said.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobilesmartphonesAndroidsoftwareapplicationstelecommunicationPhonesconsumer electronicsMobile operating systemsSony Ericsson Mobile Communications

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?