Android 2.3 will start rolling out for the Xperia X10 in just over five weeks time, Sony Ericsson (SE) has confirmed, after it looked for so long that owners would be stuck on the creaky 1.6 version of the OS in perpetuity.
A post on SE’s official blog announced its plan to push out Gingerbread to unbranded X10 handsets from the "beginning of August”, bringing some smart new features to the blockbuster blower.
These include deeper Facebook integration, enabling users to ‘like’ tracks directly from their music player and tag photos in their handset’s gallery.
The update will also replace the music player to the one used in the likes of the hot-off-the-presses Xperia Arc and Xperia Play and will allow storage of apps on micro SD-cards for the first time.
Perhaps better still, though, is that SE has scrapped its original plans to nix the X10’s current camera user interface in favour of the standard Android version. That means that, contrary to what was promised previously, features such as smile shutter and face recognition will be fully intact.
SE’s decision to retain this was apparently inspired by customer feedback. Presumably they'll have been the same vociferous bunch who pressured the company into updating the phone from Android 1.6 in the first place.
However, before you all go and get excited, it’s worth remembering that the scheduled August date for Gingerbread is only for handsets bought off-contract. If you’re not in that lucky demographic - and let’s face it, that’s most of you - you’ll have to wait until it passes network testing until you can get your hands on it. And experience tells us that could take a while…
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