Sony Reschedules Xperia ICS Updates; Short Delays Coming

Among Android manufacturers, Sony’s really been standing out when it comes to Ice Cream Sandwich, taking the unusual step of officially releasing various in-development beta ROMs for customers with unlocked handsets. We just saw one of the latest ones arrive, talking overnight about the new ROM available for the Xperia Play. It’s great to have access to these early builds, but ultimately what really matters is when Sony’s going to start getting fully-completed final Ice Cream Sandwich updates out to its phones. Today we learn that the company has adjusted its schedule for when those updates will arrive, pushing things back ever so slightly.

Despite all these great beta ROMs,we haven’t had much official word on when finished updates would start going out. Sony announced availability of ICS updates back in December, claiming that we’d see the first in late March or early April for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V, and Ray. We’re right in the thick of that window right now, so where are the updates? According to a new Sony announcement, now we won’t see those first updates hit until closer to mid-April.

Likewise, Sony had earlier said that the next wave of devices to get ICS, including models like the Xperia Arc and Play, would get their updates starting in late April or early May. The delay is a little more substantial here, now shifting-back a month to late May/early June.

Sony also notes that its ICS updates will not be going out OTA; hence, there will be no notifications, and users will have to take the initiative themselves to install the new software. That sounds like a pretty odd decision, and we’re hoping Sony will explain some more about this next month when the first updates finally come out.

Source: Sony

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