Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will begin rolling out to 2011 Sony Ericsson (SE) Xperia phones this month, it has been confirmed.
A post on SE’s official Xperia product blog – rather winningly titled ‘The van’s round the corner' – discloses that ICS will begin hitting unlocked editions of Xperia phones bought off-contract from mid-April.
The first in line to get the update are the Xperia arc s, Xperia neo v and Xperia ray, with the rollout reportedly scheduled over a four to six week period.
Subsequently, the phone-maker will begin pushing out the OS bump to other Xperia-branded kits released in 2011 from late May/early June, among them the original Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.
Also scheduled to get ICS during the second phase of updates are the Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.
Interestingly, SE warns that the upgrade won’t be available over the air but will instead be up for grabs via PC Companion and Bridge for Mac, apparently so that users have to actively opt-in to get it.
SE’s blog states: “Because this update is a significant revamp of some of your phone’s features, we want to make sure you take a conscious and informed decision to upgrade, so that you continue to enjoy optimum experiences from your Xperia smartphone.
“Therefore, we’ll only be making it available for download via PC Companion and Bridge for Mac (i.e. not over the air via 3G or WiFi), and you also won’t receive any update requests or notifications.”
UK carriers have yet to confirm when owners of network-branded Xperia phones bought on monthly contracts can expect to get the latest version of Android.
However earlier update cycles suggest you’ll be waiting at least a couple of months for your scoop of ICS, while testing is carried out and networks ensure Android 4.0 works with their proprietary services.