Following the miscommunication over Android Gingerbread upgrade for Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson has now announced roll out of the update for ‘Generic Trade Kits’ (unlocked phones) only to begin with.
However, there is still no clarity as to which countries or places will be getting the update and in what order. In India, all those who bought Xperia X10 over the counter will be intimated as soon as the update becomes available following which they can upgrade their device via PC companion software only.
Most of the 2011 Xperia software functionality from Sony Ericsson’s newest phone, the Xperia Arc, will be included in the upgrade. The user interface with the desktop layout and pinch-to-overview gesture will be similar to the one found on the Xperia Arc.
Besides, the upgrade will have Gingerbread features like Wi-Fi, USB tethering, and the facility to store apps on SD-card. Also the customisable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 Xperia Products are there, including an integrated equaliser in the music player. Last but not the least, now users will also be able to download the software’s like Adobe flash that is particularly required for Android 2.3.
For other devices like the Xperia X10 mini, mini pro and X8, there are still no plans to update beyond the current Android 2.2 Éclair version. All these smartphones have less RAM memory than Xperia X10, so they won’t be able to perform well on the new operating system.