Sony Ericsson has announced it is currently in the process of rolling out a new worldwide Android Gingerbread update for all Xperia handsets released in 2011.
The update, which launched first in the Nordic countries last month, is now being delivered over the air to Xperia phones across the globe. And it brings treats a-plenty.
For a start, Google Talk now supports video chat for handsets with front-facing cameras, while rear-mounted cameras receive a whopping 16x video zoom capability – great news if voyeurism is your cup of tea.
A new 3D sweep panorama mode will be available for phones that support it. This excludes the Xperia Play, unfortunately, but it will still get HD recording.
Elsewhere, you’ll find an enhanced version of Facebook inside Xperia with easier options to share, like and discover content, a new gesture-based keyboard for a more fluid typing experience, WiFi DLNA support for wireless streaming of multimedia to a compatible telly and a screen capture mode that’s easily accessible from anywhere on the phone.
The update will also make the handsets compatible with USB peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard or game controller, allowing them to be used as portable computers or consoles.
To check if the update is available for your handset, tap the menu button then navigate to Settings > About Phone > Software Update. If doesn’t show up, don’t panic. The rollout may just take longer depending on your region.