August 28, 2014

Sony Ericsson Confirms Ice Cream Sandwich Support for 2011 Xperia Line [UPDATE: Maybe Not]

Sony Ericsson has taken a bit of a proactive approach for their 2011 Xperia handsets, pledging support for an unannounced Android platform.  A representative recently spoke with SoMobile confirming that all of their current generation devices will receive Android 4.0, or, Ice Cream Sandwich.

Expected in either October or November, the next version of Android will combine pieces of Gingerbread and Honeycomb in a new user interface. It’s worth pointing out that this does not mean Sony Ericsson is expecting to roll out the update  in short order.  Consider this their way of making people feel better about buying a device today, hopefully casting fears of obsolescence aside.

UPDATE: According to SoMobile, Sony Ericsson has told them that no decision has been made regarding upgrading all 2011 Xperia phones to Ice Cream Sandwich upon availability. Here’s what they had to say…

Sony Ericsson has told us that the company has made no official decision to update its 2011 Xperia phones to Android 4.0 – despite the comments from a Sony Ericsson representative at a London press event yesterday. Still, here’s hoping…

Here’s the official statement: “When it comes to future platforms of the Android OS, we will make them available to consumers in a timely manner, as long as they improve the user experience and are viable from a hardware point of view.

The bottom line is that Ice Cream Sandwich updates, as with all Android updates, will depend on the hardware’s ability to handle it. I’m sure it will also matter whether or not the company sees updating their devices to be cost effective. Guess we’ll just have to wait and find out.