Vodafone confirms Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray will get Android ICS updates

On Monday O2 confirmed to its customers that they will not be running the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich update for a range of their Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphones due to “speed and performance” issues.

Because of this any O2-branded Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Ray or Xperia Neo handsets will not be getting the update.

Today, rival network Vodafone has confirmed to tech website Pocket Lint that they are going ahead with the Android 4.0 ICS update on their Arc, Ray and Neo handsets to bring the now-older update to the 2011 smartphones.

Sony announced last month that they would be bringing the new update out to most of its 2011 Xperia smartphones by the end of August, but once this update was out it was then up to the UK networks to customise their own software to fit the Ice Cream Sandwich software.

Vodafone told Pocket-lint “We’ve tested and approved the software for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray, and are currently awaiting confirmation of a roll out date from Sony”

O2 have stated to their customers that their testing of the update “found that the software update affected the phone’s speed and performance” and wanted to make sure that their Neo, Arc and Ray customers had the best software for their phone, which in this case will be Gingerbread 3.2.

Orange, T-Mobile and Three are all yet to confirm their update plans.

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