The Update to Ice Cream Sandwich has been a long time coming for the Xperia Series, with many still wondering as to why the OS wasn’t there on the smartphone, when it first released.
Release date and confirmation:
According to the latest reports, Sony has apparently confirmed that the Sony Xperia P will be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich update somewhere between 19-25th August. This makes the Xperia, the mid-range handset to be the first in the Xperia Series to get the OS update.
The company announced its plans through the Sony India Facebook page and revealed that they would be bringing the update, interestingly, to the Xperia P which is the mid-range handset of the series and not bringing it to the flagship model Sony Xperia S.
The Xperia P has a fanciful array of specifications that can easily make any high-end smartphone in the last 12 months proud. Though it might not be a direct threat to the likes of Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3, the 2 models which are ruling the smartphone market, it surely gives a lot of medium and high-end smartphones a run for their money.
Highlights of Xperia P:
Prior to the ICS update, the Xperia P is running on Android 2.3 GingerBread and boasts of a zippy 1GHz Cortex A9 dual core processor powering the 4 inch handset.
The dual core CPU of the phone combines with a 1GB RAM helping to ensure a smooth and speedy fluid user interaction for the device. The phone has 8 MP camera with support for 1080p video recording. Most of these custom creation features that are usually reserved for the top-of the line devices have been pushed into the Xperia P which turn it into a new realm of mid-range phones with some real abilities.
Even though the phone which runs on Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and runs on the Timescape user interface, the latest pocket powerhouse from Sony is still some way of the cutting edge capabilities of some of the popular smartphones.
Sony will be looking to rectify this to some extent by upgrading it to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Though, it has been surprising as to why the same has not been introduced for the high-end version and more popular Sony Xperia S.
Sony isn’t the only handset maker who has been slow off the blocks in getting the ICS update to its current range, with both Motorola and HTC also struggling in issuing the complete ICS updates to their range of smartphones.
Samsung on the other hand, is already in work for bringing android Jelly Bean, which is the latest version of Android and was given the debut on the Google Nexus 7 tablet by Asus.
There has been still no conformation on the dates that were given by Sony that will be corresponding to the release in Europe or if Europe will be even getting the update.
Sony India has finally announced that they will be pushing the ICS update in the Xperia P starting from August 19-25th.