Back in December, when there were literally no Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones in the market (minus the Galaxy Nexus), Sony was the first OEM to detail a road map for an ICS update for its Xperia line up of phones. Yet, it is April 2012 and Sony is still releasing smartphones with Gingerbread. In fact only this Tuesday the company unveiled its Xperia S in India, which also came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However there is some good news. Sony has announced on its blog that it will start rolling out the ICS update from mid-April onwards or next week.
The first round of updates will involve the Xperia S, the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V, and Xperia Ray. The update will continue for four to six weeks. The second round will include devices like Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active, and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. This update should come by the end of May or early June.
We already seen numerous beta builds of the Sony ICS update with its Timescape UI. Sony says the update will available only via the PC companion and Bridge for Mac. There will be no over the air update. The company says that it will not notify users about the update so that the user makes a conscious decision to update the device.