JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has begun rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) to its 2011 Xperia devices, although the company has decided to snub us Brits.
Sony announced the news in a blog post, saying that the latest iteration of Google's mobile operating system (OS) is now headed to the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. However, the update is not yet rolling out in the UK, with an initial launch instead taking place in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.
Sony has told The INQUIRER that it is unable to confirm an exact date for the update's UK rollout, although it is promising that Android 4.0 ICS will start to spread globally in "four to six weeks". A spokesperson added that this timeframe will be dependant on network testing and availability too, saying, "The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and carrier requirements."
Sony's blog reveals that a number of handsets will receive the update starting from the end of May or early June, including the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. The Xperia S has bizarrely been missed off of the list, with the Android 4.0 ICS release date yet to be announced for Sony's 2012 flagship smartphone.
Once UK customers get a scoop of Sony's Android 4.0 ICS update, the firm has confirmed that it will only be downloadable by connecting to a PC or Mac, not Over-the-Air (OTA) as we'd been expecting. µ