Sony shows off impressive plans for its Android 4.0 updates

Sony shows off impressive plans for its Android 4.0 updates
It looks like Android update season is finally starting in earnest. We've already seen the update hitting new devices and carriers, and now Sony has detailed its Ice Cream Sandwich rollout plans for its Xperia lineup. Sony has been one of the best manufacturers around with its new policy of releasing Alpha and Beta versions of the ICS update to test changes before offering the full release, and it looks like that strategy has paid off because Sony is planning to update 11 devices by mid-june. 

Starting off the update rollout will be the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, and the update should start rolling out in mid-April for those devices. Then in the "late May/early June" window, Sony will be the Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Active, and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman as well. If Sony can pull it off, that would be one of the best 2 month stretches we've seen in the Android ecosystem. 

Unfortunately, none of these updates will be OTA, and will require a tethered update. Apparently, this is because Sony wants users to make a "conscious and informed decision to upgrade." That's a somewhat strange way to phrase it, and will most certainly make for a slow rollout even if the updates are made easily available, but we'll have to see how it works out. 

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10 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Ugh! I'm tired of waiting for ICS. What I really want is Android RPBC - Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Yes, it's a mouthful... but so gooder.

2. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Just rooted my arcS with ICS rom and kernel MsM8255T is over-clocked to an amazing 1.9 mhz i can feel the power, its faster then my GS2 which is 1.6.... But 512 ram is a big draw- back. Any-one with an arcS rooted????!!

5. SleepingOz unregistered

1.9Mhz? really?

7. LahiruRD

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 24, 2012

I guess 1.9GHz XD

10. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Overclocked at 1.9Ghz.. Hmm. You better be careful buddy, you'll be burning your chipset in no time. Also, your phone might be blazing fast since it can run probably every app on the Play Store, and probably shows no lags whatsoever in the UI BUT, a single core will never be able to match the pure computing prowess of a dual core unless your chipset can do hyper threading (which I have only seen in the Medfield device).

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It takes time to get ICS or any updates out. they want to make sure it runs smoothly on their Xperia Line. I'm still waiting paitently for the sony ion

4. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

go to their blog and read article "difference b/w gingerbread and ics". u'll find that they are saying ics needs 1 gb ram , 512 mb cant handle ics. they say , 1/3 of 512 mb is used by system apps, therefore, 380 mb left can handle ics but then u cant play heavy games that uses more ram, they also say that hardware acceleration uses gpu and therefore uses ram. they want us to take decision now whether to gear up to ICS or remain on "stable gingerbread". should xperia 2011 owners ask for a value pack upgrade instead of heavy ics????

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I'm a bit disappointed to know that they'll be updating the Arc S ahead of the original Arc, and F**ck May is bit of a long wait, but I hope it'll be worth the F**kin' wait. . .

8. Jericho unregistered

Other manufacturers are just updating a few phones while sony is updating all of them from 2011 xperia line up. And their are doing it before other OEM's.

11. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

Sony have learnt from the past and has surpassed all other manufacturers when it comes tom the ICS update. I am a very satisfied Sony Ericsson user and I have influenced many people to purchase Sony/Sony Ericsson phones partly due to this and other factors like their emphasis on camera features, screen quality and styling. If they keep up this good work, I will definitely continue buying Sony phones and influence others to do the same. Can't wait for ICS.

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