Sony may have disappointed by backing out of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to its PlayStation-certified Xperia Play, but there are still several other Xperia devices out there due an upgrade to Android 4.0. Having recently dealt with the Xperia Arc and Neo, next up is the pint-sized pocket slider, the Xperia Mini Pro. As you might expect, this will include Sony's usual UI customizations, but considering the Xperia Mini Pro's rather unique form factor such additions may be welcome in this case. With many of its QWERTY brethren such as the Droid 4 or Captivate Glide still awaiting Ice Cream Sandwich updates, this makes the Xperia Mini Pro a rare device indeed.



Sony is also bumping its budget music-centric Live with Walkman model to ICS from Gingerbread, and you can expect the Xperia Mini (keyboardless) and Xperia Active to follow suit shortly. Check Sony's release post for info on exact model numbers, and the ensuing discussion in the XDA-developer subforum at the links below.

Source: Sony Mobile Xperia Forum [Mini Pro, Live with Walkman], XDA-Developers

Brian O'Toole
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  • http://profiles.google.com/zandmstudios Steven Zang

    I might have to pick up one of those Live With Walkman phones soon...I've been looking for a serious PMP as well as something to play Spotify on, and I've always wanted a smartphone so we'll have to see, I guess. This fits my bill perfectly though :)

  • CeluGeek

    Has anyone reviewed one of these phones post-update? What you gain, what you lose in features, performance, battery, storage space etc. I'm about to buy an Xperia Pro (not the mini version) and all reviews out there are with its original Gingerbread release.

  • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

    I had the Xperia Pro (one with large keyboard), and realised that by the time the updates came out, it would be too obsolete speed and condition wise. With the exception of the Galaxy S2 and some HTCs that are fairly fast even by today's standards, most don't last. In fact, I still think only Apple can do upgrades properly, leaving out the features that make the phone crawl. I am STILL using an iPhone 2G (first iPhone) and by only using it for calls and messaging, it is as good as any low end droid. (It's my inbetween phones phone! I'm waiting for all the 1080P phones to arrive, before choosing, although even the non 1080P Nexus 4 temps.)