Tuesday, December 27, 2011

LG, Sony Ericsson latest to announce Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedules

LG and Sony Ericsson are the latest OEMs to verify when Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS) upgrades will be issued for (at least some of) their devices.

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The first Sony Ericsson devices to receive the ICS update will be the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. Meanwhile, other Sony Ericsson devices such as the original Arc, the Xperia Play, the original Neo, the Xperia Mini, the Xperia Mini Pro, the Xperia Active and the Live with Walkman phone are also scheduled to get the ICS update by the March or April 2012 timeframe.

LG had already stated that it planned to upgrade its 2011 high-end Optimus smartphones to ICS, and on Monday it gave more clarity to that schedule. The LG Optimus LTE, Prada phone by LG 3, the LG Optimus 2X, the LG Optimus Sol, the LG myTouch Q, and the LG Eclipse will begin seeing the ICS upgrade in Q2 2012.

In Q3 2012, the LG Optimus 3D, the LG Optimus Black, the LG Optimus Big, the LG Optimus Q2, and the LG Optimus EX will be upgraded. LG noted that timing for the upgrades depends on carriers and regions, so the upgrades may arrive at different times for each country.

None of the information about carrier and region differences is new news; it's been clear for some time that Android isn't just Android and that carrier and regional differences make a difference in when a ROM upgrade arrives, or if it has specific bugs, as well.

However, some LG owners will be pretty annoyed: waiting until Q3 for an ICS upgrade could amount to about nine months, an extremely long time in the lifespan of an Android phone, which some users seem to pace at six months TOTAL.

LG noted that additional details will be announced as each upgrades' launch date nears.

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