Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich update is set to make its phone debut on the Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones released in 2011.
The 11 handsets set for Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades are the “2011 Xperia portfolio” consisting of the Xperia Play (which features a slide-out gaming controller), the Xperia Arc and Arc S, Xperia Neo and Neo V, the Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active, Xperia Ray and the non-Xperia-branded Live with Walkman.
While this is without a doubt good news for Xperia owners but Sony Ericsson has not revealed yet when exactly its Xperia handsets will get the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. “There have been a few questions here on the blog and in our support forums regarding our upgrade plans beyond Gingerbread….” wrote Martina Johansson, a Sony Ericsson spokeswoman, on the company’s product blog Tuesday. “We can today confirm that we plan to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia portfolio to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. We are working on merging our current Xperia experience with the new features in Android 4.0. More detailed information regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability will be communicated in due course here on the blog”.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese smartphone and tablet maker, HTC, has already confirmed that the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich update will be updated on eight devices in 2012 viz. Vivid, Sensation, Sensation XL, Sensation XE, Evo 3D, Evo Design 4G, Amaze 4G and the Rezound.
Motorola have also said Ice Cream Sandwich will hit their handsets early next year.
Ice Cream Sandwich OS is going to be the norm for Android based smartphones and tablets, which will be launched in future.