UK mobile carrier O2 has announced that some of Sony’s Xperia devices will not be getting updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the devices in question are the Sony Xperia Arc, Xperia Ray and Xperia Neo.
O2 has said that the reason that these devices will not be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is because when they tested the update on these devices it did not meet their requirements, and that the update affected the devices performance, you can see a statement from O2 below.
Unfortunately with the Xperia ray, arc and neo our testing found that the software update affected the phone’s speed and performance. These issues were present on three separate versions of the Android 4.0 software we tested and are caused by the software having more advanced hardware requirements than previous versions, as Sony explain on their site – “Android 4.0’s hardware requirements are more advanced than previous software updates, so your phone’s performance may be affected.”
Because the software affects the phone’s performance in this way and because you can’t revert back to an earlier version of Android without having your phone completely restored, we have decided not to approve the update. This means it won’t be available for O2 customers on these phones.
You can find out more details on why O2 have decided not to release the Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandwich update for the above devices over at O2.