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Sony Ericsson details when their Xperia mobile phones will be getting Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Solely owned Sony company Sony Ericsson has now outlined exactly when their Xperia range of existing handsets will be upgraded to the Google mobile ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' OS, which starts at the end of March or early April 2012.

Sony Ericsson confirmed back in November that their entire Xperia 2011 line up of mobile phones will be upgradeable to the Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' 4.0 platform - where this is the first time the timeline has been established.

The former joint Swedish-Japanese mobile venture has gone on record to state that the next software update to their phones will be the ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' roll out, where their developers are merging the current Xperia software with the new features of Android 4.0.

Starting from the end of March/early April 2012, the first smartphones to get the upgrade are the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V and Xperia ray.

Soon after that, the Xperia arc, Xperia play, Xperia neo, Xperia mini and mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will get their upgrades - starting from the end April/early May.

The owners of existing Xperia handsets will receive a notification message on the phone, instructing them to download the software over the air via 3G, WIFI or via the PC companion.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.