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Ice Cream Sandwich to Come to Sony Ericsson Products?

Sony Ericsson has announced on its Facebook page in the Netherlands that all smartphones launched in 2011 that are currently running on Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread will get Ice Cream Sandwich as well.

This means the handsets likely to receive the update are the Xperia Play, the Neo, Neo V, mini Pro, Ray, Pro Active, arc and arc S.

It's worth noting that most of these handsets have a 1GHz Qualcomm SoC, the same as the Nexus One and the HTC Desire, and that they all have a screen resolution equal to or higher than WVGA.

When exactly this will happen is not certain and will depend on a number of factors, like how difficult integrating Timescape and/or Mediascape (as well as other apps) will be and how quickly the mobile phone operators deliver their part of the job.

Sony Ericsson, however, is acutely aware that its customers will be closely looking at its performance after the ruckus caused by the inability of Sony Ericsson handsets based on Android 1.6 to upgrade to Froyo.

As for Sony tablets (Tablet P and Tablet S), we are still in the dark as to whether they will indeed get Ice Cream Sandwich, and if so, by when.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.