Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Android 2.3 Gingerbread update now available

A few hours ago, we let you know that the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 was due to become available during this week.

And that it did. The update is now live. Sony Ericsson has all the details up at its website which specializes in updates (just go over there and select the Xperia X10 as your device).

The update brings many new features aside from the Gingerbread bits. Such things include Facebook inside Xperia (prevalent integration throughout the UI), app tray sorting (you can now arrange apps in the order you want them to be), Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, the music player now has an equalizer, USB tethering is now possible, and there’s a new photo widget which gives you one click access to the photo gallery app.

As for installation instructions, Sony Ericsson is being a bit contradictory. The company mentions that your phone will pop up a notification when the update has reached it. That obviously seems to imply that the update will come over the air – so you just need to accept it to proceed, no computer needed nearby. However, in the next paragraph Sony Ericsson says that the update can only be installed using a computer and Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion software. Now this leaves us wondering: which one is it? Is this an OTA update, or one that requires the use of a computer? It may just be both, yet it would be the first time we’ve heard of something like this. Judging from Sony Ericsson’s instructions, it looks like either the phone will just serve the notification without actually downloading anything itself, or it will download, but to install the update you need to hook it up to a computer.

Anyway, the PC Companion software can also be found at the Sony Ericsson update page linked above. As always, the update may not be available for your particular device yet. It’s probably safe to assume that unlocked and unbranded Xperia X10s will get it first. Keep in mind that the rollout may not have reached your country yet even if you have an unlocked phone.

Some interesting caveats apply to the updating procedure. First of all, updating will wipe everything on your device’s internal memory. So clearly you’ll need to backup your data. However, ironically, Sony Ericsson’s own Backup and Restore app will be overwritten during the update and can not be used to restore data. So you’ll have to use a third-party solution (check the Android Market).

Also, any DRM content will be overwritten, and the Creatouch, Neoreader, and Quadrapop apps will be removed. Mediascape will no longer be supported, along with homescreen operator customization and app tray operator customization. Finally, Moxier Exchange will be replaced with Gingerbread’s native Exchange support.

It’s definitely good to see more and more Android smartphone manufacturers issue software updates for their devices even if a year or so has passed since their release. It’s encouraging to see this from Sony Ericsson, which last year was one of the worst offenders in terms of software support. How quickly things change in the mobile world.

Via Android Police

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • Kata

    You are wrong! The update is NOT released yet. They just updated the website, and all the other regionals sites, but no GB update is found on servers, yet. The update itself, might be releases on Friday, as SE usually releases updates to phones.

  • Rom

    At the beginning SE decided to not offer the possibility to put the android 2.3 on the x10. But with the lot of noise around this news, they accepted to update the x10, but without the SE apps like Moxier, Mediascape, etc. That means that for the next phones and the next updates they’ll use them again. It seems that they’ll not change.

    And about the OTA or PC Companion installation, SE has been clear. Usually, the OTA is possible. But for THIS update that will not be possible.

  • jay_jagassar

    Finally some good news after the long anticpated wait for the update!! I know a lot of persons who have been waiting a long time for this update!! Check out my blog for the latest techs also @ http://www.mytechsngadgets.blogspot.com

  • jay_jagassar

    Finally some good news after the long anticpated wait for the update!! I know a lot of persons who have been waiting a long time for this update!! Check out my blog for the latest techs also @ http://www.mytechsngadgets.blogspot.com

  • somedude66

    Still not released.

  • somedude66

    its released in the netherlands! Just downloaded it through the sony update software!