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Sony Ericsson planning Ice Cream Sandwich for all 2011 Xperia phones

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We've already heard HTC chime in, and now it's Sony Ericsson's turn to commit to Ice Cream Sandwich. Responding to a reader question on its Facebook wall, Sony Ericsson Netherlands said "we are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4." That family includes the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro, and Xperia Mini Pro so far, among others.

Sony Ericsson historically hasn't had the best track record with timely Android updates. The Xperia X10 series launched with 1.6 Donut at a time when other devices were rolling out with 2.1 Eclair, and multi-touch was all but dismissed until eventually the company announced it found a way to incorporate pinch-to-zoom. Still, the entire 2010 Xperia lineup was eventually upgraded to 2.1, and more importantly, Sony Ericsson is a member of Google's so-called "18 month" groupthat promises support for its new Android devices for 18 months after each launches ("pending hardware support" and assuredly other important loopholes). So it's not really a question of if the 2011 lineup will get ICS, but more so, it's when.