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Sony Ericsson Will Issue Ice Cream Sandwich Update to 2011 Smartphones Next Year

If you’ve got a Sony Ericsson device built this year, you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to purchase a new one to get your hands on Google’s latest Android release. The company confirmed in a message posted to its Facebook page that lucky users with 2011 handsets will be getting their Ice Cream Sandwich update during 2012.

Unfortunately, the message wasn’t at all specific, so while the update may be available as early as January, it’s also possible that you could be waiting until December. However, we don’t think it’ll take Sony Ericsson that long to get this out, and we’d expecting to see it sooner rather than later.

The message, which was posted to the Sony Ericsson Netherlands page and has been (roughly) translated, reads:

We are planning our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio after Gingerbread 2.3.4. upgrade to the next Android platform. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be my international colleagues publish on our Blog:

Smartphones that will be enjoying the update will include the Xperia, Xperia Play, Xperia neo, Xperia neo v, Xperia mini pro, Xperia arc and the Xperia ray.

Sony Ericsson isn’t the only company that it promising to update existing handsets either. Motorola has also said that its new Droid RAZR will get the Ice Cream Sandwich OS in early 2012 via an over-the-air software update, and the Droid BIONIC is also going to be getting in on the tasty treat. HTC, on the other hand, has remained non-committal to Android 4.0 so far.

This is great news for Sony Ericsson users with a recent smartphone — now it’s just time to play the waiting game.

Are you pleased that Sony Ericsson handsets will get Ice Cream Sandwich next year?

[via SlashGear]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...