Sony has begun to roll out an upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich for its older Xperia handsets.
As reported earlier this month, the new Android iteration will be made available for three of the manufacturer’s 2011 releases, the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray. The upgrade is already being introduced to the Scandinavian countries and will be available to UK customers over the next 4-6 weeks, bringing them into line with Sony’s China-only Neo L handset which was announced in March.
Other handsets in the Xperia range, including the Xperia Play, Arc, Neo, Mini and Mini Pro, are set for an upgrade either at the end of May or beginning of June.
Sony has warned that the new Android software may be unstable and run slowly on older devices initially launched with Android Gingerbread due to the strain that the new software will put on the processor.
As the switch to Ice Cream Sandwich is such a large upgrade it will not be available over the air and users will have to connect their handset to a PC or Mac in order to download the new OS. This also means that notifications about the update will not be pushed to individual devices.
Sony has countered this by running a thread on its forums which is continually updated about which handsets can be upgraded.
So far there has been no news from the manufacturer as to when its Tablet P and Tablet S devices will be receiving an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.