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Android 4.0 Coming to Sony’s Xperia Handsets Soon

Sony will begin dishing out servings of Ice Cream Sandwich to Xperia phones starting mid-April.

Google’s ice cream cart is slowly making its way through the Android neighborhood, dishing out servings of v4.0 sandwiches as fast as it can. As previously reported, Google blames the slow rollout on the sheer number of qualified hardware sets, but there’s also the wireless carrier factor which determines if qualified phones even get the update at all. Thus, if a manufacturer says an update is on the way, that doesn’t necessarily mean the wireless carrier has given the green light.

Sony is the latest manufacturer to announce that an Ice Cream Sandwich rollout is on the way. The official Sony Mobile blog reports that 2011 Xperia models will begin to see the upgrade staring mid-April. The first models to receive the update will be the Xperia arc S, the Xperia neo V and the Xperia ray. This should take about four to six weeks.

Following on, Xperia arc, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will receive their scoop of robotic ice cream love starting from the end of May/early June. However the actual availability and scheduling of this software upgrade and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and carrier requirements.

“We’ll get back to you once the rollout begins to keep you in the loop with progress and to tackle any questions you might have,” Sony states. “Please don’t worry if your kit (customized software specific to your operator and handset) isn’t immediately accessible; they will be made available as soon as they’re ready to go.”

Sony also warns that this update is a significant revamp of some of the 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,” Sony adds. “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.”

Just recently Verizon Wireless revealed its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade plans which did not include 3G phones. Instead its list consisted of 4G devices from HTC, Motorola and LG, and four tablets. The company didn’t say exactly when the ICS upgrade will be coming to these devices, only saying that “it’s a frozen snack that many in the Android community have been eager to try since ICS launched in December 2011 on the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung.”

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