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Motorola and Sony Ericsson Reveal Android ICS Upgrade Process

December 8th, 2011 by Caroline

If you own a Motorola or Sony Ericsson device and are longing to know when the Android Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will be available, or you’re simply curious about all-things operating systems, we have some news for you.

Both Motorola and Sony Ericsson have offered an insight into the process each will use for the ICS upgrade.

Great, but if you’re also hoping for dates, you’ll have to be patient!

Motorola has revealed it is “currently assessing” Google’s ICS source code, deciding “over the next month” which devices will get the upgrade and at what point. The good news is the company intends to upgrade “as many of our phones as possible”.

In a nutshell, Motorola will initially work to incorporate the ICS source code into devices and remove any bugs. The carrier will then test it, and possibly customer testing will be done too.

At the moment, Motorola has confirmed the RAZR, Droid Bionic and Motorola Zoom will get ICS, with “possible additions” of other handsets also.

Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson has shared the fact that the past couple of weeks, since the release of the source code, has been an “intensive period for the engineers at Sony Ericsson, in order to create a working, stable and certified software release of Ice Cream Sandwich for our 2011 Xperia phones.”

The software upgrades are heading to all Xperia phones released this year, but there are “lots of activities” to be done first. Referring to it as the “Bring up phase”, Sony Ericsson explained it needs to get ICS working and stable on its phones initially.

Next is the “Certification and approval phase” to make sure the software and hardware are “compliant”. This should complete the process although sometimes additional approvals are needed – for example, “in some cases, the new and complete software release has to be approved to be used in all the different networks that our phones should work in.”

So there you have it – Motorola and Sony Ericsson are presently hard at work on getting Ice Cream Sandwich to run on their devices. As soon as anything approaching concrete dates are announced, you’ll be the first to know.

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