Last November, Sony Ericsson confirmed it’d bring Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) to its entire 2011 Xperia range, and initial whispers pointed to March.
Now we’re hearing that the update has been pushed back to April, but – to be fair – there have been a few changes within the Sony camp of late, including taking a saw to its Swedish arm.
The first Xperia handsets scheduled for Ice Cream Sandwich goodness are the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. The update process will start mid-April and continue over a 4-6 week period.
That leaves the (deep breath) Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. They’ll start seeing Ice Cream Sandwich from late May/early June.
In Sony’s blog post, it notes that Ice Cream Sandwich is quite demanding, and “may impact performance in some user scenarios”. As such, Sony won’t be pushing out the update over the air, and will instead make it available purely via PC Companion and Bridge for Mac.
Sony has put together this document to help users make an informed decision about Ice Cream Sandwich. It's a pretty meaty read.
As for the spanking new Sony Xperia S, its Ice Cream Sandwich update is trailing behind a bit, with an ETA of late Q2. Hey, just in time for Jelly Bean, yay!