True to their word, Sony has begun issuing Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its Xperia line in their final forms. The first phones to get Android 4.0 are the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray (which make may Shift key feel neglected each time I write about them). Right now the updates are limited to northern Europe: Demark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. According to Sony’s official blog post, these three phones will get updates around the globe over the next six weeks.

The arc S, neo V and ray phones were the first to get Sony’s official beta releases of Android 4.0, surprisingly released to developers and the public directly from Sony’s website. This kind of openness and commitment to appeasing power users is rare – and commendable. Sony’s also promised to upgrade each and every Xperia phone released last year to Ice Cream Sandwich, something that can’t be said for any other phone company that we know of. Sony might be a little late to the Ice Cream party, but they’re bringing the favors for sure. If you’re waiting on an update for these three phones but don’t live in one of the Nordic countries, give the beta a try.

The flagship Xperia S shouldn’t be too far behind, so you can expect its update to start coming out in the next few weeks. According to Sony’s previous posts, they should have all of their phones updated sometime this summer, presumably in all territories. Sony’s taking a unique approach to Ice Cream Sandwich updates: you won’t see them appear as an over-the-air alert, like most updates. Instead you’ll need to manually download the software from Sony’s update page, which you can find here.

[via DroidGamers]


    SONY is never known for its speed with software updates. Look at Xperia X8 and X10 mini stopped at Eclair 2.1.1. And now worst with a new CEO re-structuring will be more important. New SONY Android mobile phones will never see Jellybean 5.0+

    • Getfucked

      You’re a tool

      • Rossi

        yes he is, no doubt

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  • Gilbert Olchondra

    WTF! The volume low and power button combination to take screen is the stupid thing sony ICS has. First it does not work always. Second the volume setting is set to mute to do that. Third if it did work the volume bar icon is only taken together with the desktop. Im using arc s.