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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sony Ericsson confirms, HTC hints at Android 4.0 upgrade

SMARTPHONE MAKER Sony Ericsson has confirmed that its Xperia handsets will get an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), whilst HTC has hinted at its own plans.

Google unveiled the latest version of Android yesterday so naturally the question on everyone's lips is 'when will I get the upgrade?' We haven't been told specific timeframes but Sony Ericsson gave us the following positive reply on the subject.

The firm wrote, "Sony Ericsson is currently rolling out the upgrade to [Android] Gingerbread 2.3.4 across its entire 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio. This software upgrade will be available through a phased roll out in select markets. Beyond Gingerbread 2.3.4, we plan to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform made available to us."

Sony Ericsson said that further announcements regarding the update will be published on its blog.

We also contacted Taiwan-based phone maker HTC, which was somewhat vague about the upgrade to its own handsets, which include the Desire S, Incredible S and Sensation.

It said, "We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans."

Now that we've seen exactly what ICS has to offer, we look forward to getting our hands on it. The latest version of Google's operating system combines Android 2.3 Gingerbread for smartphones with Android 3.X Honeycomb for tablets into one integrated operating system.

The first smartphone to come pre-loaded with Android 4.0 ICS will be the Galaxy Nexus, which Samsung and Google introduced yesterday. It will have a 4.65in 'contour display' with HD 720p resolution, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.


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