March 30, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Sony originally said that it would update all 2011 Xperia phones at some point in 2012. Despite making that promise for all phones, and pledging to stick to it, the company formerly known as Sony Ericsson now says that it will narrow the update window for one group of devices and extend the waiting period for another.
On the official Xperia Product blog, Sony Mobile team member Anthony says that Sony will push an update for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in mid-April. Owners of the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray will then be able to expect an update over the net 4-6 weeks, though regional and carrier availability will differ.
The wait will be a little longer for anyone who owns an Xperia Arc, Play, Neo, Mini, Mini Pro, Pro, Active, or Live with Walkman. Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be served to those Android phones until late May or early June.
The download process will also not be through an over-the-air update. Instead, users will download a PC or Mac desktop companion app. This important to know because Sony will not make any update notifications to devices to let users know that they are due for an update. I’ve seen people with woefully outdated and underperforming devices because their carrier/phone manufacturer didn’t deliver OTA updates, so be sure to check back with Sony when the updates are available and spread the word to other users.
Read a breakdown on the major technical differences between Sony Gingerbread and Sony Ice Cream Sandwich phones here.