Official: Xperia Android 4.0 ICS update rolling out between March and early May 2012

by XB on 21/12/2011

in Android, Featured Content, Firmware


ICSSony Ericsson Russia has confirmed that the Xperia Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update will start in March 2012. The first update will be for the Xperia arc S, neo V and ray models between March to April 2012.

The rest of the 2011 Xperia range (Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia Pro, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia active and Live with Walkman) will then see the ICS update in late April to early May 2012. This is broadly what we expected, although we’re not entirely sure why some of Sony Ericsson’s most popular models (Xperia arc and Xperia PLAY) are not getting their updates sooner.

SE Russia says that it is due to the integration of additional features such as the PlayStation Launcher, Facebook Inside Xperia or the four corner UI seen in the Xperia mini family and the Xperia active. It is great to finally have a firm idea as to when we can expect the ICS update and end the speculation. Now all we have to do is wait.

Update: This has also now been confirmed by the SE Product Blog.

ICS Xperia update

ICS Xperia update

Via Sony Ericsson LiveJournal.

  • ArcMhyke

    That’s way too long :(

    And why they decided to update Arc S and Neo V first? that’s the weird part

  • Guest

    Oh the arc and play are giving a not so nice treatment.

  • Martin Nilsson

    You guys scared me when you omitted the Xperia Pro! Too bad it will take until May to get the update. I made the gamble of getting the Xperia Pro instead of waiting for Galaxy Nexus, since the ICS update was promised. But if I need to wait until May I might just get a new phone before the update lands. Which is a bit of a bummer, I guess it’s up to SE to speed things up or “up to” the other manufacturers not to release a better phone before then! =)

  • Evert

    Alla vi då med X10i, får vi nåt? Eller har vi hamnat ute i kylan nu?

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to SE, they actually upgrade their whole 2011 Xperia line, give me any other manufacturer that does that?? Who cares if it’s 3 or 4 mths ahead? Are you for real? Samsung updates 3 models in late march/early april as a comparison

  • http://twitter.com/darkdex Dexter M

    Hey! What’s about Xperia Pro? Why’s this update take too long, to May? Now,Another mobile band update ICS faster. Don’t take this update any longer! Please.

  • Alexyuanbin

    It‘s too late…oh no…hoop it will be very good….

  • http://twitter.com/black_dragon88m the_black_dragon

    because new firmware versions are developed for the newest devices of every class…

    Arc S –> L-class
    Neo V –> M-class
    Ray –> S-class

    and then it will be portet to every other device of every class and that cannot be done at the same time… 

  • Datu Usman

    I’m actually quite disappointed. I thought the certification part (SE’s words) was the longest process. Clearly not. I’m glad they’ve given us a time frame but as I own an Arc, I don’t like the idea of having to wait longer than the Arc S. Than SE Indian guy who said January should be fired! 

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  • ArcMhyke

    yea I got your point in there.

    but still March~May is way too long >_<

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  • Anonymous

    I think you may be being taken in a bit too much by the ICS hype. Many of the ICS features were already in SE’s Gingerbread. Just look at ICS on the Nexus S – most of the UI changes make it look almost identical to SE’s Gingerbread! After looking at all the ICS features rationally, I’m rather ‘meh’ about the whole thing now. Many popular apps are also incompatible with ICS at present, so may not be such a bad thing waiting for a bit.

    As a fellow Xperia Pro user, just think how much more uncomfortable it would have been if you got a Galaxy Nexus with slow text input and virtual keyboards covering half your screen!

  • Asad Mulla

    Waiting kills us

  • Anonymous

    Very true!

    S/E is the only company that will upgrade all their phones to ICS! Yes, I can wait since the current gingerbread version works perfectly.

    Also, people must understand that a lot of apps are still not working well on ICS! Go read the complains of Nexus prime owners, so trust me guys it’s better to have it later than have it early with problems.

    Samsung will upgrade 3 out of 10 android phones ! So the difference is huge between Sony and Samsung when it comes to supporting their products after sales.

  • Anonymous

    S/E is the only company that will upgrade all their phones to ICS! Yes, I can wait since the current gingerbread version works perfectly.

    Also, people must understand that a lot of apps are still not working well on ICS! Go read the complains of Nexus prime owners, so trust me guys it’s better to have it later than have it early with problems.

    Samsung will upgrade 3 out of 10 android phones ! So the difference is huge between Sony and Samsung when it comes to supporting their products after sales.     

  • sladden

    The x10 is a 2 year old phone come march. You got support for 1,5 years and got the 2.3.3. The x10 was SE´s first android and they have admitted faults in the upgrade process and rectified them so they now adays upgrade a lot faster. the x10 is an old phone, so yes i guess you could say that you are out in the cold. but look at the other phones that came at the same time like the desire, will that get the ICS upgrade? or the first galaxy s?

  • http://twitter.com/black_dragon88m the_black_dragon

    ypp but you won’t find any manufacturer that is faster ;) exept google/samsung with the nexus S but this has not these amazing SE features :O

    but for sure you can also flash further alpha and beta versions if they release them

  • http://twitter.com/black_dragon88m the_black_dragon

    fully agree :)
    and btw: where is the problem? ISC was released end of november… this is 4 months of developement, testing and certifying time!!! this is damned fast!!! i’ve never seen a new android version as an update for any device faster than 6 months after release… exept nexus devices of course

  • Anonymous

    You think they would upgrade the Xperia 2011 series that they released first and over charged all their customers for then dropped the price drastically and in some cases released the same phones but with better specs.

  • TheFan

    CyanogenMod

  • Martin Nilsson

    The core features of ICS is what I’m after. The improved notifications but maybe mostly the improved garbage collector. The system IS better at its core, the glossy UI is less important. And yes, the lovely hardware keyboard thus make up for a lot! =D

  • boosook

    Oh, come on… can’t you wait ’till may? Seems like when you bought your phone with gingerbread it was ok, but now that ICS is out it has suddendly become unusable…

  • Rioyeung 杨

    When can XperiaTM acro SO-02C  updating????please!!!!!

  • Shanefalco

    5-6 (april-may) months to release ics ??? you are mad!!! too much time. Samsung and htc release ics in february.

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    As each smartphone model receives its upgrade, it is important to remember that the roll out will take place over several weeks as OTA updates never occur all at once. Essentially, you should expect a notification informing you that an upgrade for your Android software is available to download at some point between March and May. When this occurs, you should download and install the update through 3G, WiFi, or through your PC if you’re so inclined.

  • Vish3120c

    Will they update the kernel versions for the xperia ray with ics 4.0 update ???? Also will video calls b available without 3rd party apps???
     

  • Anshul

    Dis iz not done my frnzz having xperia neo have got Ics update while I m having xperia arc nd m nt getting the update….
    Plz get it sooner….

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    Very true!

    S/E is the only company that will upgrade all their phones.

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  • Nikola_rdvjvc

    I just can believe,and i am very disappointed,xperia ray is getting update,but Neo is not getting it!!! How can that be,that Neo is not in that story…When Ray and Neo went out in nearly same time!!! Ridiculous….

  • Ifox8807

    there will probably be a custom rom to neo if you just wait :P we on xda ROCKS on that C=`?T :P

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  • Dr Mah82

    I agree that since this gingerbread version is working perfectly there is no rush to have ICS. It is better having it late but working perfect than having it earlier with problems. If I want update from sony for xperia s I would like 1 which improve battery performance.

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  • http://twitter.com/SimonHooker Simon Hooker

    Shame my X10 mini pro is stuck on 2.1 due to no update to 2.3, that being offered on current X10 mini pros, being available from SE and despite assurances that the X10 mini pro would be updatable to 2.3 “soon” a while ago.

    SE are just the same as any other company on that score, that they updated their 2011 line doesn’t make up for the fact that to use anything flash-based I need to upgrade or use a custom rom.

    I am contemplating an Xperia Mini Pro however would not buy one without having ICS preinstalled as I don’t trust SE to actually make good on rolling out the updates to it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001139049610 Aditya Samant

     me 2 friend………i too got SE xperia pro!!……..hope i had taken nexus with much better performance……still unhappy about my decision

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