One of the major issues people have with Android phones is
the lack of consistent updates to the software, with owners having to rely on
individual manufacturers and then their specific operator to push updates to
With the launch of Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Google is
hoping to unify the fragmented tablet and smartphone strands of the operating
system – and hopefully make updating the OS easier.
We’ve previously heard from Asus who confirmed that its
Transformer tablet – which has just been crowned Product of the Year – as well
as the soon-to-be-released Transformer Prime will be getting ICS in the new
Now both LG and Sony Ericsson have confirmed that a range of
their phones will also be getting the update.
The South Korean company also pointed out that it was
looking at bringing the update to other phones: “We are also continuing to
evaluate the ICS OS to determine whether it is compatible with the
functionality, features and performance of other LG smartphones to make the ICS
OS available on as many LG smartphones as possible.”
Sony Ericsson (soon to be just Sony) also took to Facebook
to announce that its Xperia range of handsets – like the Xperia Play and Xperia Arc S – will be getting the ICS update in
March of 2012. The announcement came via the company’s Italian Facebook site
but the company had previously confirmed the update was coming.
“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,” the company wrote in a blog post two weeks
ago. “We are working on merging our current Xperia experience with the new
features in Android 4.0.”
Looking forward to getting Ice Cream Sandwich on your phone?
Let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments.