Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is probably the most anticipated update to Google’s mobile operating system yet, and all this excitement has put considerable pressure on manufacturers to get the new version out as quickly as possible.
It was back in November last year that Sony – then Sony Ericsson – announced its entire current Xperia range would be upgraded, but didn’t say exactly when it would do so, leaving us all hoping for an early-2012 release.
As is obviously the case, this wasn’t to be, but just before the weekend, Sony decided to update us about the update, providing reassurance that yes, it’s still on its way.
Owners of the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and the Xperia Ray are first on Sony’s list of priorities, and these phones will be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich from mid-April onwards, with the rollout taking between four and six weeks.
Next up, it’s the turn of the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Active, Xperia Mini/Mini Pro and the Live with Walkman phones. Android 4.0 will start appearing from the end of May/beginning of June. Finally, the Xperia S will also be upgraded around the same time.
Sony has also warned that ICS won’t be an over-the-air update, and will require your phone to be connected to your computer to install the new OS.
This gives us a couple of weeks to go before the first set of updates go live, but Sony do warn that the delivery time will vary depending on location and ‘carrier requirements,’ meaning that although they’ve quoted approximate dates, take them as being extremely approximate.