Sony is Releasing the First Batch of Update for Xperia Smartphones
If you’re an owner of Sony Xperia smartphone, this could be the day that you’ve been waiting for. Sony announced that Xperia phones released in 2011 will be getting an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) today. Unfortunately, the update won’t be released simultaneously to all Xperia smartphones. The update is available initially in Scandinavian countries, i.e. Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, for Xperia Ray, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Arc S. Over 1 to 2 months period, the above phones will continue to receive the software update. The next wave of update will be in early June for Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, Xperia Active, Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia New, Xperia Play and Xperia Arc.
A complete instruction on how to update your Xperia smartphone is available in sonymobile.com/update and you’ll need a Mac to run the Bridge for Mac or a PC to run the PC Companion, since the update won’t be released over the air. Since Sony is delivering the ICS update in batches, you should join the Sony Mobile Forum to keep track on the latest development. Because Sony won’t notify users when the update is ready, you should manually check its availability. Previously, beta version for these handsets is available. The Xperia brand is used by Sony to designate its smartphone models; the first phone was the Xperia X1, which ran Windows Mobile 6.1. The first Android-powered Xperia handset was the X10, which was released in March 2010 and it used Android 1.6 (Donut). The Sony Xperia Arc is the oldest model to get the update and it joined the lineup in Q1 2011.