Sony’s announced that it’ll release the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for all of its 2011 Xperia phones sometime in 2012. The Cyanogenmod crew are working hard on ICS, with what looks like a planned release for everybody by January.
The release of the Ice Cream Sandwich source code is the culprit in both cases. In the case of Cyanogenmod, the lead of the Cyanogenmod team tweeted the following statement earlier
..and we’re off. check back in 2 months 🙂 #cm9 #ics
Not the most detailed of messages, but it doesn’t need to be.
Sony’s been a little more detailed in its explanations, with the official Sony Ericsson blog noting that
We can today confirm that we plan to upgrade the entire 2011 Xperia™ portfolio* to the next version of Android known as Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich. We are working on merging our current Xperia™ experience with the new features in Android 4.0. More detailed information regarding this upgrade, timing and global availability will be communicated in due course here on the blog.
* “2011 Xperia™ Portfolio” refers to the following products: Xperia™ arc and arc S, Xperia™ PLAY, Xperia™ neo and neo V, Xperia™ mini and mini pro, Xperia™ pro, Xperia™ active, Xperia™ ray as well as Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman™
It’s nice that they’re being that comprehensive, although the kicker there is the ominous word “plan”; while Hannibal notoriously loved it when a plan came together, it doesn’t always follow that they’ll successfully execute on a plan. Then again, that’s exactly what CyanogenMod should cover. [Sony Blog via Ausdroid and Slashgear]