Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners on O2 can look to an imminent OS bump, but are advised to proceed with caution when it's finally up for grabs.
A post on O2’s official UK blog reveals that an upgrade to Android 2.3, aka Gingerbread, will be available to download from the support section of Sony Ericsson’s website next week.
The update for the X10, which first peeked its head above the tech parapet way back in February 2010, promises to add tethering to the phone, plus Sony Ericsson's Facebook Inside Xperia feature to integrate the smartie's camera and media player more closely to the social networking service.
But before you go getting too excited, it’s worth noting that O2’s post is packed with caveats and warns that the move from Froyo to Gingerbread “does carry a risk that we want you to be aware of”.
O2 states: "The X10 was really only meant to work with Froyo but Sony Ericsson have managed to squeeze Gingerbread in and this may mean your phone runs slower than you’re used to.
“The update is irreversible, so this may be something you want to think about before doing the update.”
The delay in bringing Gingerbread, which debuted the best part of a year ago on the Google Nexus S, to the X10 is attributed to the newer version of Android causing problems with the camera that reportedly made it “virtually unusable”.