Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs Gingerbread: Sony's take

Android Ice Cream Sandwich vs Gingerbread: Sony's take
Ever since Sony made the upgrade kerfuffle with its first Android phones (remember the Xperia X 10 stuck at Eclair for what seemed an eternity?) it has probably been the most open and helpful firm when it comes to Android updates.

The latest in a string of timely announcements when and which exactly Sony handsets will get Android 4.0 ICS, is a developer blog post in which Sony is quite frank whether you should upgrade at all, despite the great new interface and novel features that ICS brings.

The Android device maker lists all the pros and cons of Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich, indicating that the latest and greatest is not suitable for everyone, and some might just choose to stay with the proven and stable Gingerbread for their 2011 Sony Ericsson handsets with 1-1.4GHz CPUs and 512MB of RAM. The different interface layout made Sony revamp more than a thousand icons for the ICS edition, and some features in Android 4.0 actually use more RAM, chipset and battery than the equivalents in Gingerbread.

We took out some excerpts from the post that should be a must-read for everyone impatient to hit the update button and go from Gingerbread to ICS:
Sony hedges its bets by clarifying that it has addressed most of these issues by optimizing the RAM usage as much as possible and working directly with partners to optimize the database queries handling.

The best part is that Sony will be providing a so-called Performance Assistant, which gives you the opportunity to turn off some features in Android Ice Cream Sandwich from the start - those you don't necessarily need, but which might otherwise affect performance, like the hardware accelerated video playback than drains the battery faster, for example.

source: Sony

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29 Comments

1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

yeah this is not going to go over well with people who expected 4.0 after sony promised 4.0 to all existing 2011 handsets. major fail sony. major fail.

28. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Can you give me 1 f**king reason to why or how is SONY gonna fail? SONY is actually readying the update of all 2011 Xperia lines, but they are giving the consumers the choice if they want to upgrade their handsets or not to the heralded ICS.

2. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Reading comprehension > you.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Props to Sony for being open about pluses and minuses of ICS. Personally, when ICS was announced, I was skeptical it would run on less than a 1gb memory footprint.

4. riotrick

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Sony is being open about the pros and cons which is a good thing(tm) imho. They are giving all 2011 models the update. Every user has a choice if he wants to upgrade or not. They are doing this right.

5. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

i think what sony said is valid and that why samsung in the beginning said that they wouldnt upgrade even sgs2...i've upgraded my sgs2 to ics, and ui is noticeably unresponsive/sensitive, scrolling is stuttery or jumpy... sure you get all the nice features from ics, but if i had to choose, i'd ve stayed w/ gingerbread and unfortunately manufacturers dont give you the option to downgrade, so am stuck...(no i dont want to root the phone)...

6. KevinM

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I'm glad that Sony had these matters disclosed to public but I am disappointed that I might not upgrade to ICS because of these. I have been waiting of that ICS update since I bought my phone. Still, I have to thank Sony.

7. JBz007

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It's understandable that the newest iteration of Android may not be perfect for older phones since it was built for a new generation of devices. I don't think they designed it with making it work on all phones in mind. Makes sense to me anyway.

8. Jericho unregistered

so this means laggy xperia play. When is the xperia play 2 coming.

17. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Well just like the iphone4.... Well atleast its better than app launcher phone.... Left right left right.... Wow loooooook iv'e got an iphone, i'm coooooool!

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Sony there's another solution that would work on 512MB of RAM. Windows Phone!

16. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Windows Phone on my Xperia S, I LIKE

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thats BS. My SGS1 running 4.0.3 on 512 mb ram and a 1ghz single core processor is faster and smoother than it ever was on gingerbread. And its not even a manufacturer supported upgrade. I have not heard of a single person say they would rather go back to 2.3 after being on 4.0 for a while... on any device. I've never heard of the "dialer issue" they mentioned and ive never had an issue receiving a call no matter what i was doing on the phone. If there was any truth to this we would have already heard samsung and HTC yelling it from the rooftops to slow down their upgrade process. Maybe they just need to higher better tech people. There is a whole group of them over at XDA that will probably jump at the job.

11. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sony is actually very good in optimizing Android and manages to make its custom skins a helluva lot faster than Sense and that iClone Samsung uses. I applaud them for giving this info to the public, allthough my Xperia S will get its fare share of ICS as soon as its released.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the Xperia was one of the last phones holding 1.6 when everyone else was on 2.1 and above, so i dont know where you got that. Sony up until recently has been pretty lazy about upgrades. Now they are making excuses that not a single other company is making. its either them or everyone else is lying.

15. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sony promised ICS to the entire 2011 line of phones, no other manufacterer has been this good with updates. They have learned from the SE X10.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

when sony has a line up like samsung,htc, moto, or LG to worry about, talk to me. They have like 2 phones to worry about.

20. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Sony has a line-up, and they are providing all the 2011 models with ICS. You are hating on Sony because of the X10 disaster, thats like hating on Nokia because the N97 was a crappy phone.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, im not hating on anyone. im just not blindly defending them. they are making a statement which i disagree with from personal experience, the experiences of others i know, and the fact that not a single other entity in the ecosystem has mirrored the complaints. AKA, its an excuse.

29. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

remix, Sony's 2010 android phone (x10) was agreeably beyond disaster, but that can't be said with their 2011 line up, they are just reminding people on what to expect with the probably ICS update, and yes it's an excuse but it's an excuse way better than what iOS users hear from their manufacturer regarding bugs on iOS devises. But after reading and learning about anything andoid, I have to say hardware wise SONY is dead last among the Big Boys. . .

27. thelegend6657 unregistered

X10 looks nice . I regret buying the n97 over the hd2 actually because it's been 2 years yet it still boots meego, ics , gingerbread , mango

18. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

True but you have to say that SONY's mobile department doesn't have that much supplies, as say the PS devices or laptops or tv's . That's why they had all the big talk about how from now on SONY was going to be a mobile-only company and focus on that .

13. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

gotta agree with you. one of my office buddies is using ics on his rooted htc HD 2 and its working perfectly fine. thats a wp 6.5 phone rooted to run android.

25. bioappberry

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

you mean hire, not higher. Smoke another, friend.

22. nikhildangui

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I HAVE AN DIFFERENT OPINION... Looking at my Phones config and less ram ill prefer Gingerbread But not the version which i got out of Box for Xperia Neo V but ill Prefer Upgraded Gingerbread which can been seen in Xperia S, and other 2012 Line-Up Xperia Device and it will be Great, Greatest thing if sony could provide the new Gingerbread (similar to xperia S) and ICS as an Option to choose from while flashing the Device Via Sony PC Suit... and I appreciate SONY's decision to be so open and frank about the advantages and disadvantages... you guys r great and you guys rocks.....

23. SoopaManLuv

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 11, 2011

Ok, big ups 2 Sony for giving out tha pros and cons but i gotta say, i've had my GNexus for rt at a month and those issues they stated r nonexistant. 4 me 2 go back 2 Gingerbread would b like going from a Mercedes S550 to Ford Fusion. Jus don't see it happing. Sn: my issues wit tha phone (and that list is really small) have nothing 2 do wit ICS. In fact, of all tha Android OS's, in my opinoin it's tha best so far. Jus saying...

24. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The Galaxy Nexus isn't a 512 mb phone with a heavy customized skin running on top of it.

26. lonestrider

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Very good comparison. So, why ask for ICS when Gingerbread is good enough? From that explanation, ICS isn't much better than Gingerbread. ICS improve performance in some ways, but decrease it in other way... So, Let's go to Custom ROM!!!

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