Sony Ericsson has started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Xperia Arc and Play. The update is already available in some regions of the world like Hong Kong, but a wider roll-outwill begin from next week.
Along with the bump in Android OS version, the update also improves the performance and boot-up time of the Xperia Arc and Play.
Here is the official change-log from Sony Ericsson :
- Battery performance
- General software stability
- Wi-Fi stability
- HD Video recording performance (Xperiaâ„¢ arc)
- Touch responsiveness
One new feature which this update will bring is Facebook inside Xperia’. Basically, this feature will tightly integrate your Xperia phone with Facebook. Below is a demo of the Facebook inside Xperia feature :
Users can update their Xperia Arc or Play to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread either via OTA or using Sony Ericsson’s PC Companion.
Sony Ericsson also stated that they are working hard on the Gingerbread update for the X10, and they will announce more about the update soon. The Facebook inside Xperia feature will come to the Xperia X10 as well.
Yesterday, rumors were floating around the Internet that the Motorola has started rolling out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Droid X, via an OTA.
However, there was no concrete proof about this until now. The folks over at Droid-Life have managed to get their hands on the Gingerbread OTA update for the Droid X.
This OTA update is different from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread SBF file, which leaked at the end of last month.
Along with the latest version of the Android OS (2.3.3), Droid X owners will also be treated to a new, revamped version of MotoBLUR, along with performance improvements.
For the impatient Droid X owners, the OTA update can be downloaded from here. Users need to use a completely stock handset to flash this OTA update. Users can also downgrade to Android 2.2, if they wish to by using the required SBF file.
At the moment, it is unknown whether this OTA update is the official one, which Verizon will release to its customers. However, some Droid X owners did receive this update via OTA on their handset.
Sony Ericsson had earlier said that the Xperia X10 will not get Android updates beyond Android 2.1 Ã‰clair. The company did decide to support’ the X10 with software updates.
Now in a surprise move, Sony Ericsson has announced via their product blog that the Xperia X10 will get the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update! Yes, the Xperia X10 will get a direct update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread from Android 2.1 Ã‰clair. This news is definitely going to please a lot of Xperia X10 owners out there.
However, X10 owners will lose some functionality compared when they upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony Ericsson aims to provide the X10 Gingerbread update with the stock Android camera interface, which means features like face recognition and smile shutter will be lost.
Sony Ericsson’s proprietary MediaScape app will also be replaced by the new media experience widgets found in the new Xperia products.
The Gingerbread update will be released via SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service and not via OTA. The company will release the Android Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10 by the end of Q2 or early Q3 of this year.
However, the update is only for unlocked and un-branded X10 handsets. For network locked X10 owners, it all depends on their network provider whether they will release the update or not.
Xperia X10 owners can read more about the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for their phone here.
Google rolled out the Android 2.3.3 update for the Nexus S at the beginning from this week. The OTA update not only brought bug fixes and NFC read/write capabilities, it also featured a new display driver. The new display driver was aimed at adjusting the color temperature of the Super AMOLED screen on the Nexus S.
However, many Nexus S owners are disappointed with this update since the colors on their phone’s screen became too washed out or had a yellowish tint, after the update. In fact, many users are already asking for a fix over at XDA forums and on Code Google as well.
One of the most talented developers over at the Galaxy S and the Nexus S modding scene supercurio has come up with a very detailed explanation behind the color tint issue. According to him, the frame buffer driver of the screen has been updated in the 2.3.3 update.
The new driver is capable of reading’ information from the screen hardware and then it accordingly adjusts the screen temperature. Previously, the driver just used to send data to the S-AMOLED screen from a pre-defined gamma table.
The new driver may not be to everyone’s liking, but according to supercurio, it is better, in fact smart! However, the screen calibration went wrong during the coding of the driver which has led to this problem. Nexus S owners can read more in detail about the issue here. The stuff written there is a bit geeky so please proceed with caution.
There is a twist in the tale here though. While some users are not pleased with the color temperature after the 2.3.3 update, some users report a massive improvement in compared to 2.3.2.
As of now, supercurio does not have any fix’ but he is already working on Voodoo Color’. He will also publish a new custom kernel which will allow Nexus S owners to manually control the color temperature using an app.
Google has kept its words and has finally started rolling out the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread update for the Nexus One and Nexus S owners, alike. When Google announced the Nexus S and the next version of Android Gingerbread, the company stated that they will release the Gingerbread update for the Nexus One within few weeks.
However, nearly 2 months later, the company has finally started rolling out the OTA update for the N1 (Nexus One). Android 2.3.3 contains some major changes as well, including API level 10, NFC enhancements, improvements to the graphics department of the handset and bug fixes.
Nexus S users should also keep in mind that updating their handset to Android 2.3.3 will disable Facebook contact sync on their phone. The reason behind this as stated by Google is :
We believe it is very important that users are able to control their data. So in the over-the-air update for Nexus S, we have a small change to how Facebook contacts appear on the device. For Nexus S users who downloaded the Facebook app from Android Market, Facebook contacts will no longer appear to be integrated with the Android Contacts app. Since Facebook contacts cannot be exported from the device, the appearance of integration created a false sense of data portability. Facebook contact data will continue to appear within the Facebook app. Like all developers on Android, Facebook is free to use the Android contacts API to truly integrate contacts on the device, which would allow users to have more control over their data. We are removing the special-case handling of Facebook contacts on Nexus S and future lead devices. We continue to believe that reciprocity (the expectation that if information can be imported into a service it should be able to be exported) is an important step toward creating a world of true data liberation â€” and encourage other websites and app developers to allow users to export their contacts as well.
Hopefully, Facebook will soon update its Android app to use the Contacts API.
The Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OTA update will take a few weeksto complete so N1 owners need to wait patiently for the update to be pushed to their handset.