Vodafone to offer ICS for Sony Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray
07 Sep 2012
Just days after O2 claimed the upgrade affected phone performance
Earlier this week, O2 made an official statement on its blog about upgrading the Sony Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray to Ice Cream Sandwich. In essence, the statement said it wasn't going to happen because the upgrade affected both speed and performance of the hardware. Today, we hear Vodafone is pushing ahead with the upgrade. What gives?
We honestly don't know. But it seems Vodafone is more than happy with the software running on all of the named phones. According to Pocket-lint, the network is rolling out the software soon. It said: 'We’ve tested and approved the software for the Xperia Arc, Neo and Ray, and are currently awaiting confirmation of a rollout date from Sony.'
It's an interesting move and one that is likely to anger O2 users, who will be forever stuck on the earlier Gingerbread 2.3 version of Android. Well, until an upgrade is due anyway. Sony has obviously tested the software on its own hardware, Vodafone has done similar tests to its own satisfaction, but O2 isn't happy. It will be interesting to see how T-Mobile and Orange read the situation. We should find out soon.
It will be equally interesting to see how the Vodafone rollout goes too. It sounds like O2 is leaning on the side of caution, presumably because you can't easily go back once you've upgraded. If the Vodafone upgrade causes problems for its users, the good will is likely to disappear very quickly.