After announcing last year that the Xperia X10 would never go past Android 2.1 Sony Ericsson has changed their tune, and is now planning to upgrade the phone. The Xperia X10 will see an upgrade to Gingerbread sometime near the end of Q2 and start of Q3 this year.
Sony Ericsson is saying that it’s work on the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo have enabled the upgrade for the X10. The upgrade will bring Android 2.3.3 to “generic trade” X10s, so if you bought the phone unlocked from Sony Ericsson itself and not a carrier you’ll be getting the upgrade. If you bought the phone from AT&T in the US you’ll have to wait and see if the carrier will support the upgrade. Sony Ericsson can only promise the upgrade to the generic trade phones, not to carrier specific models.
There is a bit of catch with the upgrade, though. Some features will be changed or removed in the upgrade. The Sony Ericsson-made camera app will be replaced with the stock camera, so facial recognition and smile shutter will be lost. The Mediascape features will also be replaced by the new media apps and widgets found in the Arc, Neo and Play. The plan is to keep the X10 mostly in line with the features of the company’s 2011 phones, except features that rely on hardware the X10 lacks like HDMI out.
Another important note, the upgrade will cause you to lose all your data and settings on the phone. Sounds like it pretty much brings it back to factory fresh software. Don’t rely on the Sony Ericsson Backup and Restore app to restore your data, it won’t work in Gingerbread. So make sure you backup all you data to a PC before the update comes.
Read [Sony Ericsson Product Blog]