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Android 4.0 ICS Update Rolling Out to Sony Ericsson Xperia Phones Next Week

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Sony has spoken out about the fabled Android 4.0 update in an attempt to keep its customers in the loop regarding their phones.

We heard recently that the new Xperia S flagship handset wouldn’t be getting the update until the end of June at the earliest, and Sony has now backed this up. The Xperia U and P will follow, with the Xperia P getting the update first and the Xperia U will get it later in the third quarter of the year.

Sony is also dedicated to keeping last year’s smartphones up to date, and has confirmed a second stage of the Android 4.0 rollout for Xperia phones launched under the Sony Ericsson name.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now in the process of rolling out to the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo V, although few handsets in the UK have received the update at present.

As of next week, joining these phones with a slice of Ice Cream Sandwich will be the Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman.

All Sony and Sony Ericsson Xperia phones will be updated to version 4.0.4 along with the usual tweaks and additions from Sony themselves. The second batch of devices will start to update as of next week, although exactly when your phone gets update is dependent on your country and network, as they have to thoroughly test the software firstly.

Those with an Xperia Arc S, Xperia Ray or Xperia Neo V that was updated to ICS last month will also get the update to 4.0.4, as the original update was 4.0.3.

Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia PLAY will not be getting the update, which we thought may have been the case last week.

“In regards to Xperia PLAY, after extensive in house testing with our developer teams and working with our partners, we have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia PLAY.”

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