HTC & Sony Ericsson: The early Android 4.0 Adopters
While the new Galaxy Nexus comes with Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich (ICS) out of the box, there are only a handful of manufacturers that are interested in upgrading their existing devices to the new Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich.
HTC recently announced the devices that it has planned to upgrade some of its existing range of phones – HTC Vivid, HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation XL, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Rezound, HTC Evo 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G and HTC Amaze 4G around Q1 2012.
Few days after HTC’s announcement, Martina Johansson from Sony Ericsson made an official confirmation on their blog that the entire 2011 range of Xperia phones will be upgraded to the latest version of Android.
…We can today confirm that we plan to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia™ portfolio* to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. We are working on merging our current Xperia™ experience with the new features in Android 4.0…
The 2011 range of Xperia phones include Xperia arc and arc S, Xperia PLAY, Xperia neo and neo V, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active, Xperia ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman. That’s quite a good amount. Sony Ericsson added that more information regarding when the upgrades would be rolled would be communicated through their blog.
UPDATE: Samsung has also announced that it has planned to upgrade the new Galaxy S2 phone to Ice-cream Sandwich, while there’s no information on when it would be rolled out. There’s also no information regarding the upgrade for their other bunch of Android devices.