Good news for Android phone users out there, or more specifically those with a Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone.
Because the company (which is now just plain Sony, having dropped the partnership with Ericsson) has announced that it is to make the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest incarnation of Android, available this month.
The Ice Cream van, as Sony calls it, is just around the corner and will arrive – complete with a plinky-plonky version of Greensleeves – in mid-April.
The first Xperia phones to receive the upgrade will be the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. Those will be the handsets to get Android 4.0 starting in the middle of this month, although the roll out will be considerably staggered, potentially running until the end of May.
After that, at the end of May, or start of June, the roll out will begin for the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
Again, we’d imagine that this will be a staged roll out across a period of a month, although the firm didn’t stipulate in this case.
In a post on the Sony Xperia Product Blog, the company stated: “Because this update is a significant revamp of some of your phone’s features, we want to make sure you take a conscious and informed decision to upgrade, so that you continue to enjoy optimum experiences from your Xperia smartphone.”
“Therefore, we’ll only be making it available for download via PC Companion and Bridge for Mac (i.e. not over the air via 3G or WiFi), and you also won’t receive any update requests or notifications.”
Sony will let us know when it’s ready, hopefully in two week’s time.