The update to Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) is now rolling out for Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 owners, adding the new Sony Ericsson launcher and Facebook inside Xperia functions – as well as new widgets, Adobe Flash support, Wi-Fi hotspot/USB tethering and more.
We reported last month that the updates would begin in August, but it seems Sony Ericsson couldn’t wait and started the roll-out early. For an update that nobody even expected to happen after the device was originally considered end-of-life with Android 2.1, nobody is likely to be complaining.
Updates will initially happen for unbranded models, so network branded models may take some time to be updated. It’s also possible that some networks may not update the phone at all. For anyone affected, debranding may be the only option.
Before you do the update, be aware of the following things that will happen/change:
The update will replace the software in your phone. This means:
- User data, such as contacts, messages and more, saved in your phone memory will be overwritten.
- User data saved on the phone’s memory card is not affected.
- DRM content will be overwritten.
- The Backup and Restore app will be overwritten and cannot be used to restore data. Check out Android Market for alternative apps to back up and restore your data, such as MyBackup.
- The Creatouch, Neoreader and Quadrapop apps will be removed.
- Mediascape, homescreen operator customization and app tray operator customization will no longer be supported.
- Moxier Exchange will be replaced by Android 2.3 Gingerbread Exchange support.
More info: Sony Ericsson Update