Update: It looks like someone in Sony's camp got a little overzealous concerning this update, as it's actually not available just yet. According to the Sony Ericsson Product Blog, the launch is coming, but "[they] just need more days before [they] can push the button." We'll keep you posted of any developments on this front -- like, you know, when it's actually available.

Owners of the Sony Erricsson Xperia X10, make ready your computers - the official Gingerbread update is ready and available to download. The update brings many new features aside from the goodness of Gingerbread, including Facebook inside Xperia, Sony's take on Facebook integration; Wi-Fi hotspot and USB tethering, a new music player with equalizer, photo widget,  and app tray sorting.

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There are some downsides to the update as well:

  • 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.

To grab the update, head over to Sony Ericsson's Xperia X10 landing page; if you don't already have PC Companion installed, you can grab that from the download link as well.

[via @CABed; via Android Central]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Ola

    "The Backup and Restore app will be overwritten and cannot be used to restore data"

    What on earth is SE thinking?

    Oh - it must be: "We hate our customers, lets make it hard for them."

  • http://none.com GaRRY

    it will not update using the update service.
    its country dependent. mine is unlock and no-carrier at all but it still says my phone is up to date with 2.1...grrrrrr....

  • MaddogUk

    Will wait for the developers rom's. Can't use a phone these days without root.

  • sarah

    I've done the upgrade and I can't restore my data without backup and restore whch is missing how can I do?

  • bigtom

    i wish i'd have read the bit about back up and restore b4 i updated!!!!so angry!!!right now i'm hating gingerbread!!

  • elgar

    I´ve updated my xperia x10i for android gingerbread and it works owesome.i love my phone now

    • me

      My xperia works perfectly with android 2.3.3. Installing "Go launcher" to launch android 4.4

  • kim

    without backup and restore. I am so angry at the moment. I have just lost all my sms and addresses on my contact lists. There is no warning before I do this stupid upgrade. What so great if I can't have my data.....

  • Nicole

    I agree, it's really frustrating and I have lost faith in SE now. I have spent the last 2 hrs reading threads and downloading all sorts of apps to recover my data that I so vigilantly backed up before updating the gingerbread andriod. However, this is link works perfectly and it's simple to use as I am new to all this

    • Paul

      Thanks. That app just saved me so much time. It recovered everything I thought I'd lost

      • terri_marie

        Thank you so much I was so angry really it should warn that the back up and restore would delete when updated so people can back up some other way I couldn't find an app in the market that looked like the one I had so didn't want to download any but that link took me to the one I had great thanks very much happy now seem good the new features just got to see if I can get flash lol

    • Ice

      Heaven sent. I thought I'd lost it all.

      thanks Nicole


  • http://www.krisoft.eu Chris

    I have updated my phone to a newest version yesterday as it appear from my phone network operator (o2 Ireland) that it is available. I backed up my contacts, sms, calendar, favorites etc. by using phone application "Backup and Restore" and it's on my SD Card, but after new system has been installed there is no app for restore that data. Why there is no Backup and Restore application which was build in with previous version of Android system on my Xperia X10i ?? I must restore those sms messages! I don't know how. I tried to find some apps on Android Market but there are apps that are not supporting that file which was created by oryginal app buld in previous version. My current version is: 2.3.3. Core: 2.6.29-00054-g5f01537SEMUCser@SEMUCHost #1 Compilation: 3.0.1.G.0.75

    Why da whack there is no option for RESTORE??? That's totally stupid! Whole world will update their phones to new one and loose all history on their phone!
    Before update there was information: "Be sure to backup all of your data" I did this but new system does not have this !!! WHO DID THIS STUPID MISTAKE!!! I will go to court with that!! I had text messages on my phone that will must be used for the court process as a evidence soon !!

    [email protected]

  • Gaurav


    I updated my xperia x10i to gingerbread, a few hours ago. Everything is perfect except the SMS and MMS is all mixed. The contacts synced to the messages are wrong, the sorting is random (ie. not according to date and time of the SMS ) and a few messages have just disappeared. I used mybackup to restore the data. I live in India and the phone is set to my time zone. Tried another back up software as well. Seems to be sorted out by using Handcent SMS but i'd much rather use the original SMS app. Any suggestions on fixing this?

  • Sameer

    I am facing a similar problem. All conversations are mixed. Any suggestions would be helpful.

  • Pubuduvideo

    Hi i updated my x10 to android 2.3 gingerbread but after ui did it i broke my phone so now when i press te power button blinks green and vibrates butt the lcd display does not show nothing. When i connect with the pc the pc companion regonize the phone and it shows connected to xperia x10. the problem started from when i try to upgrade to android 2.3 gingerbread. the proces finished butt the phone did not power up.only green light and vibration but the lcd is black. i have no idea what is wrong. plz help me out!!!