Sony says the upgrade to OS 4.0 ICS for 2011 Xperia devices will now start mid-April

At the end of December Sony stated that the upgrade to Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would start at the “end March/early April 2012.” Clearly we’re at the end of March and nothing has shown itself, however today on the company blog Sony did provide an update. The title of the post is “The van’s around the corner: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software upgrade coming to 2011 Xperia smartphones starting from mid-April.”

That about sums it up. As noted before, the first devices to be graced with ICS will be the Xperia arc S (Rogers has this), Xperia neo V (not in Canada) and Xperia ray (TELUS). Sony says “the rollout will start mid-April and continue over 4-6 weeks”… the next set of devices to be upgraded will be at the “end of May/early June” and are the Xperia arc (Rogers), Xperia PLAY (Rogers), Xperia neo (not in Canada), Xperia mini (not in Canada), Xperia mini pro (Rogers), Xperia pro (Fido). Of course there is a massive asterisk beside the dates that says “The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade and specific models upgradeable to Android 4.0 will vary by market and carrier requirements”… so no word yet from any of the Canadian carriers about confirmed upgrade dates.

In addition, the upcoming Sony Xperia S – Canadian carrier availability still unknown – will be upgraded to Android 4.0 starting from the later part Q2.

Source: Sony blog