Sony Xperia Phones Get ICS Update Schedule, Some See Serious Delay

Yesterday we watched as Sony released an ISC ROM in beta form for the unlocked Xperia Play. This is all fine and dandy if you like prematurely updating your device with the latest test ROM, only to loose the ability to fetch any OTA updates in the future. For those of you who own an XPERIA device and prefer to go the safe and official route, well, Sony announced their new update timeline for 2011 and 2012 Xperia phones. Compared to what they previously announced, some of you aren’t going to like this.

First up to receive the overdue ICS update is the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray, and should begin sometime in mid-April. The next group of devices in line are the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Pro, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Active and Xperia SE Live and should see the update in the end of May or even early June. The last and final device in line for the update is oddly enough one of the newest, the Xperia S. For those of you who own an Xperia S you might be pissed to find out you have the longest wait of them all – sometime late Q2.

Since Sony claims the 2011 line of Xperia phones may actually see a performance decrease after updating to ICS because of lack of storage, the update will now be issued via the PC Companion app instead of OTA. Sony is doing this so the customer has the option to update to ICS instead of forcing OTA’s down everyone throat. As weird as it sounds I guess this is a good idea. Although I’m not sure what s worse, no ICS and a decent performing phone, or ICS on a phone that doesn’t perform decently. Which would you chose?

If you want more information on this and anything else I just mentioned, feel free to check out the source link below. There you will find all the details as given to the Sony Xperia Blog.

source: Xperia Blog

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Stacy Bruce was born and raised in Spokane Washington. He attended the University of Washington to study pre-med only to change his course study a year later to forensic science. Although currently not a doctor or a scientist, some believe he posseses the knowledge of both. He was a resident of San Diego California for ten years, lived beachside and sometimes wonders why the hell he moved back to Spokane. A multi-talented man, Stacy is a fabricator, an artist, a gear head, a tech junkie and at most, the disciple of Casanova. Growing up, he was always enthralled with electronics, gadgets and gizmos. Throughout his life he has had one, if not two, of every cool and new electronic device available. He began his smartphone experience with the original iPhone. After realizing it was more like theirPhone, he decided he wanted the ability to customize, so Stacy moved to the OG Droid and has been a loyal Android fanatic ever since. Moving through all of the top tier Verizon phones, he recently retired his Droid Charge in favor of the Galaxy Nexus, only to wonder what great device Samsung will come out with next. Stacy is a busy new homeowner in where he lives with his beautiful girlfriend and two dogs.