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Sony Ericsson to dish Ice Cream Sandwich for 2011 phones

Though the company has yet to confirm it officially, a Sony Ericsson Facebook page has promised that phones like the Xperia Arc will see the Android 4.0 update.

Among other Sony Ericsson phones, the Xperia Ray is expected to see an Android 4.0 update.
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While some handset makers are looking into Android 4.0 and evaluating the potential for updates, others are already making promises.

Such is the case with Sony Ericsson, which said this week that its entire 2011 product line will see Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the company hasn't outlined a specific time frame or soft expectation, it should go a long way to putting its consumer base at ease.

If the promise holds up, then Ice Cream Sandwich could arrive on smartphones like the Xperia Ray, the Xperia Play, the Xperia Play 4G, and the Xperia Arc. Updates for those handsets would go a long way to helping the company gain a bigger foothold in the smartphone industry.

As you may know, Sony Ericsson is not the example of upgrades done right, having missed several of its own deadlines. Yet, it's worth noting that the news comes courtesy of Sony Ericsson's Facebook page for its Netherlands division and is not in the form of a press release.

As such, I'm taking it with a grain of salt until Sony Ericsson issues a more formal announcement. It's not unheard of for a company staffer to make a statement on Twitter or Facebook only to later have it retracted or outright denied.