Sony Ericsson has confirmed that its 2011 range of Xperia smartphones will be upgraded to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
The manufacturer, which is in the process of being wholly taken over by Sony for €1.05bn, has published a statement online confirming it will upgrade operating systems from the Gingerbread platform.
In a statement, the company said: ‘There have been a few questions here on the blog and in our support forums regarding our upgrade plans beyond Gingerbread. 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.’
Xperia models eligible for the upgrade include the Arc and Arc S, Play, Xperia Neo and Neo V, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Active and Ray (pictured). The Live series with Walkman will also be eligible to receive the new OS.
Google previously revealed that its Ice Cream Sandwich operating system will launch with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone tomorrow (17 November).
The latest iteration of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, comes with a redesigned Android user interface and updated features including improved multitasking, notifications, NFC support and a full web browsing experience.