Dec 21 AT 6:44 PM Alberto Vildosola 46 Comments

Sony Ericsson: Ice Cream Sandwich rollout will start in March/April 2012

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You have to give it to Sony Ericsson, they really want you to know that they care about updating their Android phones. The company has been bombarding us with new information about its Ice Cream Sandwich rollout ever since Google dropped the source code a few weeks ago — from giving us a detailed description of how the updating process works to even releasing an alpha ROM based on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Today, the device manufacturer has dropped yet another piece of information related to Android 4.0. The company has narrowed down its update schedule from “in the future” to “between March and May”. More specifically, Sony Ericsson will split its ICS rollout into two groups, with the first group receiving the update around late March or early April. The devices included in the first group are:

  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Ray

Then between the end of April and beginning of May, the following devices will receive the update:

  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Play
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Active
  • Live with Walkman

Sony Ericsson has also said that not all devices of the same model will receive the update at the same time. Since the actual OTA update to the device is up to the carriers, and we all know how fast those are. The update will be available via 3G and WiFi — says Sony Ericsson — and also via a tethered option. Lastly, the company has promised to keep its users up to date on the progress they make by uploading videos of the new version as they work on it. So keep an eye out for those in the near future.

Even though March is still a few months away, all you Xperia owners out there are now lucky enough to know exactly when your ICS update will arrive. Which is more than we can say about most Android users out there.

Via: The Verge

Source: Sony Ericsson

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • Martjn2

    SE = Bad hardware – good software with fast updates

    • eioous

      ICS + Any Hardware = Better

      • Jorge Eslava

        Unless its extremely outdated hardware, have you seen the G1 run ICS? but SE is doing pretty well.

        • mr 1338

          Sony Ericsson is growing to be my favourite for my next Phones.
          Great Cameras
          Exotic Phones (like the Play)
          Fast updates for ALL phones
          actively supporting Cyanogenmod


    • tmihai20

      I wouldn’t say SE has bad hardware or even good software updates. Not even SE themselves don’t know where they stand and they would better figure it out soon. A friends’ Xperia X10 received Eclair, then Gingerbread updates in the same year (lucky him).

      • booyootoo

        In my opinion SE is getting better and better. When the first Xperia was announced (windows mobile 6.5) the hardware specs were amazing, but they had trouble building the device and eventually HTC had to do it for them, so the specs that were great were suddenly just average.

        Now the devices are getting more competetive spec wise. As far as software goes this article clearly shows the ambitions SE has.

        Also Sony buying out Ericcson on the mobile devision is an indication of how important Sony thinks their mobile division is. I think Sony will be a major player in the Android world by the end of 2012. Look at the tablets they released a few weeks ago. Specwise they are competative and also the design is something that looks like people actually thought about, in stead of just creating a brick with a screen.

        They are trying to differentiate themselves from the competition with design, trying to be competative spec wise and now they are also showing ambition software wise. If it could all just come together somewhere between Q1 and Q2 2012 they will be a big boy in the Android world.


    Wow that is a loooong wait..

    • aranea

      Given the track record of other companies I should say it’s very fast. Motorola hasn’t even said that they will upgrade anything but a couple latest phones let alone give a time.

  • Jimmy13

    whale whale whale. At least the are updating. better than we can say for a good number of phones. good on you sony.

    • BiGMERF

      excellent point my friend

      • LukeT32

        Isn’t that the complete sony android line? Have to give them props for that.

        • Rahul R Verma

          They have few more android phones other than the listed above, eg. Xperia X10.

  • damambt

    So many devices to consider for my next purchase. Sony was not on my list but they are now! Especially since they have committed themselves to providing high end Android handsets!

    • Futureboy

      Agreed. Making a solid device and providing excellent support with updates is what put Asus at the top of my list long ago. It looks like Sony is on that same path, and could potentially become one of the top Android device manufacturers.

  • goncalossilva

    That’s a very long time, but it’s good they’re letting their schedule out. It’s another reason not to fail the time window.

  • Lewis McGeary

    This is a good step forward I think, keeping everyone informed and in the loop!

  • wicked4u2c

    That is a long time, by that time Jelly Bean will be out!

    • AsakuraZero

      no jelly bean will be out when ATT and other carriers starts to push their android 4 update jaja

  • Thomas Biard

    3.5-4.5 months? No thanks. I’ll take 2-3 months Bob.

  • romy134

    thats too long… thats what she said!

  • zyphbear

    I’m glad they pushed it up so early in the year! If I wasn’t going for the GN, I might have considered a SE Device.

  • jamal adam

    At the end of the day, what counts is that they are going to update their phones and for that matter I have respect for Sony Ericsson.

  • ndub21

    I like when companies are transparent about their update schedule. Sony seems to be starting to take that path.

  • TruFactz

    Thass Whassup Sony, kickin’ on the door real hard on the Android tip. Big ups for sony….major big ups.

  • Nate B.

    Not that I own any of those phones , but why is the wait so long? I mean when a new version of something comes out they need to be on it. A say the most is two months after something is announced.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    SE is stepping their game up.

  • ramenchef

    That’s a longish wait, but it’s mostly the carrier’s fault and not SE.

  • Nathan D.

    hopefully sony merge will keep this up

  • Oscar Ortega

    Three to four more months in reading some awesome android and me articles until your phone gets updated!

  • ArticulateFool

    Very brave of them to supply that accurate of release window. I hope they hold to it!

  • beatrixasdfghjk.

    My friend has an Xperia X10, and we saw how long that Gingerbread update took … but come, it did (: It’ll take a while.

  • Zeratoda1

    So if SE made the time frame around March and April does that mean HTC will try to beat that and release sooner since they do like to update their phones faster for bragging rights unless I’m horribly mistaken

  • Ilyse Rose

    Glad to see they are releasing the list and projected dates, hopefully they stick to them.

  • malejko

    Seriously.. this is the second Android blog that I have read today that has completely missed the fact that the Xperia Pro is also in that list. Do you guys copy and paste the same?

    So weird.. I’m almost feeling insulted, given that it’s the phone that I own. And for not having ‘high end specs’, it’s a decent phone. It’s the most ‘high-end’ phone on a carrier that I will tolerate in Canada that has a good-enough keyboard.

  • Adryan maldonado

    HAHA!!! Cyanogenmod for the win. They will probably have most phones done in early january.

  • jenskristian

    Great so see them keeping their customers in the loop. Other companies should follow that example. Now the question is, will Cyanogenmod beat them all?

  • Oskar Wismierski

    at least SE is trying..

  • donger

    go sony!

  • Six8Six

    They have gone from one of the poorer android manufacturers to one of the best this year IMHO. So the hardware isn’t the best out, but on the software side of things they have been great. Very fluid ui!

  • irishrally

    What’s does the picture of gingerbread with cyan theme have to do with this?

  • humidity

    Now if only other manufacturers would follow and update their 2011 phones to ICS…

  • vid500

    It’s starting, finally. Ok now they have a plan, so it’s not that far for ICS on our devices. Can’t wait.

  • Manuel
  • Kent Burton

    maybe they will get some good hardware now that they are just Sony.

  • Kevin Amundson

    Other companies should follow SONY’s lead and announce their update schedule for their phones.

  • nivekkev

    Looks like Sony was sitting back and taking notes, listening to Androidians everywhere and now they are ready to make their stand give us Android like we want it and like it was meant to be. At least that is what it sounds like and I hope they can pull it off. That would make all of the other handset makers get their act together and end results will benefit us all…