Ever since the announcement of Android 4.0, a.k.a Ice Cream Sandwich from Google and Samsung a day ago, everyone has been wondering when his or her beloved smartphone will get the taste of Google’s latest and greatest.
According to Sony Ericsson their entire Xperia lineup from 2011 will get the ICS update soon. This includes the recently announced Xperia Arc S and Ray and the Xperia Arc. It’s not certain at this point in time whether the cheaper Xperia line up like the Xperia mini will get the update or not because of their relatively weaker CPU and limited amount of RAM.
That being said it’s certainly very nice of Sony Ericsson to release an official statement and reaffirming faith in ICS. However it’s not known at this point what kind of update path Sony Ericsson decides to take. ICS has brought radical design changes to Android and thus porting the TimeScape UI will not be as simple as moving from Froyo to Gingerbread.
Whether Sony Ericsson will offer a pure Android experience or will they go ahead with a custom UI is not clear right now and the company has not revealed anything regarding this.
The bigger picture here is that Sony Ericsson is dedicated in bringing timely updates to its smartphones. They’ve given no time frame as to when the update will start rolling but if everything goes to plan it could be as early as Q1 2012. It’s certainly nice to see the company evolve and learn from the Xperia X10 debacle.
Throughout 2011 the Xperia lineup has been getting constant updates like the Facebook integration and other minor performance improving updates. With the tough time the company is having financially, it’s this kind of dedication towards their products and customers that might well change the fortunes for Sony Ericsson.
With such a swift announcement, Sony Ericsson has left the ball in HTC and Samsung’s court. With Android evolving so rapidly only those companies can hope to remain in competition that can provide quick and timely updates to all their products.