JAPANESE ELECTRONICS FIRM Sony has let slip that the Sony Xperia P will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) later this month, following in the footsteps of the Xperia S.
Sony made the announcement on its Facebook page, where a Sony staffer inadvertently let slip that the Xperia P will start getting ICS between "August the 15th and 25th".
The update is expected to arrive on SIM free handsets first and will be available to download over-the-air (OTA). It's still unclear when network locked models will receive the operating system upgrade.
Once Android 4.0 ICS is installed, owners of the mid-range Sony Xperia P will be welcomed by a number of new features. These include Sony's updated app selection - Walkman, Albums and Movies - for an enhanced media experience. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will also deliver an improved lock screen, resizable home screen widgets and better options for controlling mobile data.
While this is good news for owners of the handset, Sony is being slow to roll out the update compared to rival phone makers. Samsung, for example, has already pushed out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the majority of its Galaxy branded smartphones, with rumours suggesting that the firm will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as early as next month.
Sony, on the other hand, has yet to announce whether it will upgrade its Xperia line to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although it was quick to deny rumours that it had canned the update. µ