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Sony Ericsson Announces Its Plans for Android's Ice Cream Sandwich

December 22, 2011

Sony Ericsson Announces Its Plans for Android's Ice Cream Sandwich

By Oliver VanDervoort
Contributing Writer

While Apple's iPhone 4S and iOS5 have certainly stirred up quite a bit of excitement over the holiday season, Android (News - Alert) devotees are just as excited about the impending release of a certain operating system with a tasty desert's name. Google has already given its customers some nice little holiday treats. The search engine giant launched a “send a call from Santa” website earlier this month so that parents could give their kids a little wonder in this time of year. 

Android has also made some people's holiday season a little bit brighter thanks to allowing more carriers to carry even more Android based phones such as Cricket's new Huawei Mercury. The best news of all for Android users is now going out to those who own Sony Ericsson (News - Alert) brand phones. Sony Ericsson is the first company that has specifically laid out its plans to upgrade its long set of Android phones to Ice Cream Sandwich.

At the moment, no device is being upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich, despite the fact that Google (News - Alert) did begin the rollout earlier this month. A glitch in the new operating system made Google pull back after it started updating its Nexus line of phones. Sony Ericsson (News - Alert) has now said that it will upgrade every phone that falls in its Xperia line. Sony Ericsson is not just the first company that has laid out its plans in this way, but it is the first company to actually confirm that they will be updating any of their phones.

Sony Ericsson says they will be updating their newest Xperia phones first, which means owners of the Xperia Neo V , Arc S and the Ray will have first dibs on ICS. These updates will be coming at the end of March, while the Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia MiniPro, Xperia Active, Xperia Play, Arc and Live will be getting their updates at the end of April, 2012.

Sony Ericsson announced all of this on their official blog post adding, “Our developers are now busy merging our current Xperia software with the new features in Android 4.0 ... This will be a phased roll out over several weeks and all kits for a specific phone model will not get the upgrade at the same time.”

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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