When it came to rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, most manufacturers usually unleash the Android 4.0 refresh to the high-end handsets in their respective lineups. This was seen in the case of HTC which updated the HTC Sensation, its then flagship device, back in March and Samsung which rolled out the update to the Samsung Galaxy S II in February. Sony however took a different route in its ICS plans because aside from getting its high-end devices upgraded to ICS, it also rolled out the update to several midrangers in its lineup such as the Xperia Mini Pro and Xperia Active. Because of this, Sony deserves all the kudos in managing to get its handsets with rather modest internals work properly with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Recently, the manufacturer pushed out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update to the Sony Xperia S, its current flagship device. However, the initial rollout of the update was sidetracked by issues but the manufacturer already took care of those and has re-released the update, so to speak. Recent reports however have surfaced indicating that the Sony Xperia P is next in line in getting upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich for that matter.
This much was revealed on the FaceBook page of the company’s Italian division when it posted an answer to the query of one of its customers as to when the Sony Xperia P will get its taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the page was in Italian, the message was translated as “software for ICS on the Sony Xperia P is planned for early August”. The statement however is a bit vague and unclear whether the ICS rollout will be an Italian release only or will be done on a global release. The update may not get released in all regions all at the same time but we are guessing that once the rollout starts, it shouldn’t take that long to reach a global scale for the matter. This simply means that users of the handset, whether in Italy or somewhere else, don’t have to wait much longer and they will finally get their Sony Xperia P handsets have that tasty treat of ICS.
As for the Sony Xperia P, the handset reached official status when it was announced by Sony back in February but it wasn’t until May when it finally made its debut in the shelves. As of the moment, the Sony Xperia P is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread for its operating system and this is powered by a NovaThor U8500 chipset which brings to the device a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz and a full gigabyte of RAM. The storage space of the handset comes up to 16GB with 13 of this set aside for user content. There is however no option to have this expanded. Display-wise, the Sony Xperia P sports a 4.0-inch LED-backlit LCD panel with a qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels while its camera department is composed of a rear 8MP shooter capable of 1080p video capture and a VGA video call camera out front.