Last Month Sony Ericsson had said that all the Sony Ericsson Devices that were launched in the year 2011 will be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, don’t worry they haven’t gone back on their word. They have announced some time line about which devices will when get the update.
Sony Ericsson Blog:
With the holiday season around the corner, we’re happy to confirm that the first 2011 Xperia™ smartphones will be upgraded to Android 4.0 starting from end March/early April 2012. The first smartphones to get the upgrade are Xperia™ arc S, Xperia™ neo V and Xperia™ ray. Soon after, starting from end April/early May, Xperia™ arc, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ neo, Xperia™ mini and mini pro, Xperia™ pro, Xperia™ active as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™ will get their upgrades.
This will be a phased roll out over several weeks and all kits for a specific phone model will not get the upgrade at the same time. For more information about what’s going on during the process of an Android software upgrade, please check out this blog post from our Developer World team. It gives a comprehensive overview of the steps we need to take to ensure great software qualityonce it reaches the phone in your hand. Below is a summary of the process:
- It starts with public push when we as a manufacturer get access to the new Android release from Google
- Our developers take the existing Xperia™ software and combine it with the new Android release
- Once the coding is done we want to make sure the quality of the new software meets our, our partners and your expectations
- Now we feel the new software is ready but we also need to make sure it’s approved by our external partners
- All good. We’re all set to roll-out the new software. The story continues in your Xperia™ smartphone
As you can see, there are many steps involved and it’s a comprehensive upgrade in terms of number of products.
So, how do you know when the new software is available for your Xperia™ smartphone?
Owners of 2011 Xperia™ smartphone will receive a notification in the phone instructing them to download the software over the air via 3G or WiFi. Alternatively, they will have the option to connect to a computer and download it via PC companion.
Over the next months we will be keeping you up to date on progress and we will also share video demos of the new software running on 2011 Xperia™ smartphones.
Sony Ericsson has had it’s share of problems of delivering updates in the past and has been openly criticized for that but it seems that they are trying hard to change all that and if that happens maybe they can at least bring back one disappointed fan back (Me). So in the Next 3 to 4 months Xperia owners should start receiving the update for their devices but the questions here is will the small screen devices like the Xperia Minis will get the full stock update or their will be some features missing and how far does Sony Ericsson Plan to go with the customize the UI of the 4.0 firmware?