Now that Sony Ericsson has confirmed Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) will arrive on all 2011 Xperia models, the attention turns to timing. Well according to Maurizio De Palma, Sony Ericsson Italy’s Head of Marketing, the update will arrive by March 2012 according to a Facebook posting.
If Sony Ericsson sticks to launching their Xperia flagships in March (like they have done for the last two years), then this date would surprise us.
Call us cynical, but there is no way Sony Ericsson would release the Android 4.0 update prior to the release of its new models. If I was in charge of Sony Ericsson, I know I certainly wouldn’t. It would risk deflating sales of the upcoming models and give much less incentive to upgrade. That means one of two things, 1) either the ICS update will launch after March or 2) next year’s Xperia models will launch earlier than March. Of course, Sony Ericsson could surprise us and release new models/software at the same time, but we just don’t see that happening.
Facebook posting confirming Xperia ICS update due by March 2012