Following on from the official announcement of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on SE's Xperia 2011 range, we now are starting to see a couple of rumours fly when we will get the newest version of Android will hit our handsets.
The first date came from SE Italy, via a reply on their Facebook page by Maurizio De Palma, the Head of Marketing for SE Italy, saying that the update should arrive by March 2012. As pointed out by our source, this would normally be within the release of a flagship phone (at this time of writing, expected to be the much rumoured Xperia Nozomi) based on the past two years (Xperia X10 and Xperia Arc)
However, just to throw another spanner into the works, a Sony employee has tweeted some comments about Ice Cream Sandwich and suggests a date of the first week of January 2012, but finds it rather confusing with the March date being mentioned. He also said that SE are working on a "skinless" version of ICS and that there is a chance of getting Android 2.3.4 to the X10 etc Personally though I wouldn't get your hopes up about the latter.
It is nice to see some rumours about when we will get the update. However I would still prefer an official announcement, and it kept to.
The fact that the Sony employee is talking about a "skinless version of ICS" does puzzle me though. Recently I brought the Xperia Pro, and, going through the (generic) user guide for Android 2.3.4, it seems to match it pretty much apart from the Facebook Inside Xperia. I can't honestly see SE ditching Facebook Inside Xperia, unless Google have forced them to. Anyway, speaking of the Xperia Pro, I will be posting a review of it soon.
As for the current rumoured dates; lets take those as a pinch of salt. I can't see SE giving away ICS for its current platform before its even released its new range yet, with we hope ICS on it already. I suspect the update will be delivered in late Q1 or early Q2. That's not to say that I wouldn't mind having it in January or March though.
Source for the January date: XperiaBlog