It’s the news that Xperia X10 owners have been waiting for – the Gingerbread flavour of Android is coming to the smartphone.
The move has been made after a great deal of customer complaining when it was revealed at the start of the year that Sony Ericsson was planning on stopping at Android 2.1 with the X10, and wasn’t even going to bother with Froyo.
However, there’s a catch here – it isn’t quite clear exactly how many X10 owners will get the Gingerbread upgrade (to Android 2.3.3).
Sony Ericsson stated on its product blog: “We plan to bring an upgrade to Android Gingerbread for the Xperia X10 to generic trade kits end Q2 / early Q3 this year.”
So the update will arrive probably during Q3 we’d guess, on SE’s past form, but the key phrase here is “generic trade kits”.
Sony Ericsson explains further that versions of the X10 customized for operators may or may not receive the update, but only the generic version of the smartphone is guaranteed it.
The company clarifies: “Regarding possible customized operators kit we will have to get back with more information on this at a later stage. But we want to be very clear already at this stage on the fact that some of you may not get this upgrade.”
Oh, and this Gingerbread upgrade will definitely be the final version of Android for the X10.
One other slight downside, too – there are no plans to bring this to the X10 Mini or Mini Pro, so if you’ve got one of those, you’re definitely out of luck.
Still, some Gingerbread is better than no Gingerbread at all, let’s just hope Sony Ericsson can manage to roll it out to the majority of X10 handsets.