O2 refuse Sony roll-out of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

by Dale Wright

O2 customers have been disappointed to learn that the operator has blocked updates to some of their Android phones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo and Xperia Ray are all stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread after O2 refused to roll out an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

O2 O2 refuse Sony roll out of Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Updates to the OS are rolled out to unlocked phones by the manufacturer. People with locked phones are dependent on their mobile network – in this case, O2 – to send the update to them instead.

Sony have admitted that the new OS is more demanding on their smartphone’s resources and can cause some of last year’s models to slow down somewhat. The Xperia Play has already been denied an update at the source, and the Xperia S update was delayed. Despite this, in a statement made to Techradar, Sony’s spokespeople said that customer response to Ice Cream Sandwich on their handsets had been positive overall.

However, O2 say Gingerbread is a solid OS and is sticking to their guns. The operator says the updates affect performance so badly that it felt rolling out a software upgrade would be detrimental to customers – particularly since OS upgrades can’t be removed once they’ve been installed.

Users who want to apply an update to their phone will need to go down the DIY route, although this is can void the warranty and potentially permanently ‘brick’ the phone if not carried out with extreme care.

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If you’re due an upgrade and want to stick with Sony, you might want to consider the Xperia T, a brand new addition to the range. The Xperia T has a 4.6” screen, a 13MP camera, a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. With full HD and 16GB of internal memory, the Xperia T could be just the ticket if you’re looking for an ICS Sony phone.

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