updated 08:30 am EDT, Fri March 25, 2011
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 planned for Android 2.3
Sony Ericsson on Friday promised that it would upgrade the Xperia X10 to Android 2.3. Its original Android phone would get both the underlying new OS as well as the same revamped Timescape and Mediascape interfaces as the Xperia Play and other phones released this year. A few customizations would go away, Sony Ericsson said: the camera interface would take a step back to the stock version, and the Backup and Restore app would disappear.
The upgrade will still bring a more modernized OS with an updated browser and support for the latest apps, the ability to store apps on the SD card, deeper voice commands and other features that have shipped on 2.2 and 2.3 in the past year. Sony Ericsson said it had skipped 2.2 since it had been focused on 2.3 for the new phones, but in developing for the newer OS learned how it could back port 2.3 to the X10.
Initial 2.3 upgrades will first go to phones that were either unlocked or weren't customized by their carriers, either sometime in the late spring or early summer. More heavily modified versions will get the update later, though some of them might not get it at all. The X8, the X10 mini, and X10 mini pro won't get the upgrade at all, and Sony Ericsson doesn't plan to go beyond 2.3 for the full-size X10.
Sony Ericsson was sharply criticized for a lack of upgrades and outdated OS releases throughout 2010 but has vowed an aggressive turnaround in 2011.