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Sony Ericsson Xperia Android Update, Everything there is to know


Back in March this year Sony said declared that they might be giving the Gingerbread update to the Xperia X10 and the update would come out in July. In the latest update Sony Ericsson has announced that now the update will not be available before August. If you bought your x10 at the time it was released in India then you know that Sony has a very BAD habit of delaying the updates.

The Android 2.3 update will only be for only the Xperia X10 only as  Sony Ericsson claims that rest of the devices like the X1o Mini, Mini pro and the X8 would not be getting the update beyond the Android 2.1 Eclair as they do not have enough RAM.

With the new update the X10 will be getting the new User Interface the new Xperia Arc and Play have with full facebook Integration and Multitouch input. Also the customizable horizontal app tray and the media experience widgets from the 2011 Xperia Products are in, including an integrated equalizer in the music player. Of course also apps that require Android versions 2.2 or 2.3 will now be possible to download from Android Market, e.g. Adobe flash.

One difference compared to the 2011 products is that DLNA will not be included. Extra type approvals were needed for that and we were unable to prioritize that without jeopardizing the time schedule. There are both server and client alternatives downloadable from Android market though.

For XperiaTM X10 mini, mini pro and X8 there are as communicated earlier no plans to update beyond the current Éclair version. There are two mains reasons for this: The XperiaTM X10 mini, X10 mini pro and X8 all have less RAM memory than XperiaTM X10. By this we can’t guarantee a good user experience by upgrading beyond Android 2.1. The upgrade of XperiaTM X10 also was made possible due to that we had a code base that mostly could be reused. For the mini’s, who have a different user interface, this possibility did not exist.

With regards to the roll-out plan, as said back in March, this will first and foremost be made available to generic trade kits. Even if there will be some operator kits getting this upgrade, as said before – some of you will not be able to upgrade your customized version of XperiaTM X10.

I’ve recorded the hands-on video below to give you a view of what it looks like. Let me know in the comments section if there are follow-up questions or certain use cases you want me to go through!

-Sony Ericsson


Just a Brief view on the History – The Xperia was released in February 2010, with Android 1.6 during this time all new phones coming out and some old phones were already on Android 2.1 then by the time the X10 get the Android 2.1 it was October and all the phones launched with X10 or before it were already on Android 2.2. and android 2.1 came with lot of delays and empty  and many Dates given by Sony Ericsson that were just empty promises.

Here is the Video to explain that