November 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Just a day after Google announced that it was releasing the Ice Cream Sandwich source code, Sony Ericsson confirmed that it will bring the latest version of Android to its entire 2011 Xperia portfolio. All Sony Ericsson Xperia-brand phones released this year – including the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Play, Neo, Neo V, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Active, Ray, and Live with Walkman – should expect an update. As a reminder, wireless providers will also play a role in the upgrade process in certain regions, so just because Sony Ericsson says it’s ready doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get it.
Sony Ericsson promised to update all of those devices, but didn’t promise a date. The source code is still fresh and Sony will need time to build it’s UI and customizations on top of Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS is a dramatic shift from Gingerbread, so it won’t happen over night. However, Sony Ericsson says it’s working hard to merge Xperia and ICS, and will deliver more solid details about date availability when the time arrives.
Following the lead of HTC last week and then LG a few days prior, Sony Ericsson is the third company to provide an update on its intentions for its entire Android portfolio plans for Ice Cream Sandwich. One can only hope these companies move quickly and manage to get ICS on phones in a timely manner. And let’s hope Sony’s buyout of the company doesn’t provide any delays.