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Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 won't have Android Gingerbread installed

Details have been leaked about a 4.3-inch ultra-thin Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 phone, and it doesn't look like it will run Android Gingerbread out-of-the-box.

In what we can only term a Sony Ericsson fail, its new Android phone due out next year doesn't look like it will be coming with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Instead the Xperia X12, also known as Anzu, will hit the market with Android 2.2 Froyo. It will get an update to Gingerbread, but not until late 2011, according to Russian bloggers Sony Ericsson's Android tardiness will be familiar to Xperia X10 owners, who have had to put up with Android 1.6 until the 2.1 update dropped this month.

Android 2.3 is expected to be available to phone manufacturers before the year is out, and by next summer we will surely see a number of devices released that can run Android 2.3 out-of-the box, so this will put Sony Ericsson significantly behind. 

It's a shame, because the X12 hardware looks rather good. Assuming the leaks are accurate, it will be thin and light, with a large 4.3 inch display and an 800MHz processor. But as usual with a Sony Ericsson phone, the camera will be one of its big features, packing a 12-megapixel model that's capable of 720p video recording.

Meanwhile, if you an Xperia X10 or X10 Mini owner on Orange, there's good news, as its Android 2.1 update should have now rolled out to your device, according to a tweet from the company. The instructions to install it are here.

The other UK networks selling the X10 should be offering the update this month, fingers crossed.

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