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Sony Ericsson previews the Xperia X10 with Gingerbread, update coming August

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Sony Ericsson previews the Xperia X10 with Gingerbread, update coming August
Sony Ericsson's flagship for last year, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, might not be able to compete with the latest of smartphone heavyweights, but its 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 4-inch screen still make it a capable device. The X10, though, doesn't even support system wide multi-touch and has been struggling with earlier versions of Android for quite a while. That's why news about an update to Gingerbread was warmly received by users in March. The update hasn't come yet, but it seems ever so close to release, as Sony Ericsson itself previewed the new features coming with Gingerbread for the X10. Regrettably, the Xperia X10 mini, mini pro and X8 are stuck with Eclair 2.1 as they don't have sufficient memory for the update.

The video below demonstrates the performance of Android 2.3, and even though it uses a prototype phone with near-final beta software, it should be representative for the experience you'd get. Basically, you'd get an interface similar to the one on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and neo, but also some features like Facebook inside with media discovery allowing you to stay in the know about the latest musical crushes of your Facebook friends. Sadly, you don't get DLNA with the update.

You'll have the same camera interface as in the current version of the X10, with face-detection and auto-focus, which is slightly more than the features in the standard Android camera app. Gingerbread also brings the possibility to install apps on your SD card, along with tethering and Wi-Fi mobile hotspot capabilities. But while most of you know about those features, it's the release date of the update that's really what matters. Sony Ericsson has confirmed that the update will start rolling out in the beginning of August, but if you don't have the generic handset you might not get the update initially. Feel free to check out the demonstration and share your comments below, while exercising the virtue of patience with Android updates.

source: Sony Ericsson (YouTube), Sony Ericsson Product blog

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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 08:49

1. august-really? (unregistered)


August, are they kidding?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 08:54 1

2. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Too little too late? This phone is pretty old.. Who would wait a year and a half for an update? It's merely a way of upsetting owners and reminding them not to trust your brand and not upgrade to a newer version of the device when their contract is up in 6 months.

Say what you will about Apple, but their devices get their yearly updates/upgrades.


On Android seems to be such hassle to get updates with some suppliers and models receiving preferential treatment.. (Can anyone say Nexus..?)

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:38 1

4. Got2seeit (unregistered)


iphones get updates quarterly. From the time Android was on 2.1 official iphones went to 4 from 3.2 then 4.1, 4.2, and now 4.3 this is all since the release of iphone 4 that Apple has made 3 quarterly updates 4.0 - 4.3

5.0 will be out in September while most Android phones are stuck on 2.2 for over a year.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:27

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6473; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


At least with Android the updates are coded responsibly enough that they won't brick half of the older devices that actually get them. Furthermore, Froyo was released just over a year ago, but the major phones didn't get it until later. Now they're already getting Gingerbread in less than a year.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 09:16

3. malindalk (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)


WOW......Awesome…… I waited long time to get this….. Finally it’s coming on August… I think most Xperia X10 uses waited this moment…. finally its coming true…. :D :D :D

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 11:27 1

5. deilnei (unregistered)


Yes, iPhone update super fast but what the heck...they are still missing some of the feature compare to Android 2.1....What is so f**king proud about those achievement lol

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 13:39

6. Sniggly (Posts: 6473; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Because the alternative was leaving the phone on 1.6, which pissed a lot of owners off because they had been promised an update when they bought the phone. Several months later AT&T came out and said "actually, the X10 is staying on 1.6 after all. SUCK IT, LOSERS!" before throwing a beer can at customers' heads and driving away laughing.

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 14:24

7. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I guess sony is the most trustworthy when it comes to updates(Excluding nexus series). HTC you lost your thrown.

posted on 21 Jun 2011, 08:11

9. OMBananas (unregistered)


I am happy that I am getting a cool update but I will miss mediascape, I am soo happy with my phone as it is atm that I probably wont upgrade or update for a while!! All you haters are wrong about this phone!! It is OMBananas AMAZING!! x

posted on 02 Aug 2011, 06:56

10. eddy (unregistered)


i update my x10 last nite with gingerbread and its amazing :)) btw am from malaysia thx sony for the update release coz i thot it was end of this august but neway am happy for my phone now^^

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