Sony Ericsson (SE) has confirmed that all its Xperia smartphones released in 2011 will be upgradable to the next major iteration of Android: Ice Cream Sandwich.
Speaking to Somobile, an SE representative disclosed that an update to the latest OS refresh would be available soon for the latest crop of handsets. Although an actual release date hasn’t been set in stone, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has recently revealed that it’s likely to land sometime in October or November.
Ice Cream Sandwich, also known as Android 4.0, will bridge the gap between the current Gingerbread and the tablet-optimised Honeycomb versions of the OS, featuring the best aspects of both.
Although details are still thin on the ground, recent leaked features said to be on board the next Nexus handset running the new software include a new blue theme, a re-skinned Gmail client and a new icon that possibly launches the app manager. We can also look forward to a Google search bar at the top of the screen and an apps/widgets launcher – just like Honeycomb – plus an array of UI and performance tweaks.
SE also confirmed that Android 2.3.4 will be rolled out before the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. So keep ‘em peeled.
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