While Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and LG are all upsetting their users with delays and lack of communication on the ICS updates, Sony is probably doing the absolute best job in bringing the latest and greatest Android version to its entire line-up of mobile devices.
The latest Sony smartphone to get Android 4.0 is a quirky 3-incher with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard that can’t even be called mid-ranger based on its tech specs. The Xperia Mini Pro is powered by a modest single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and features 512 MB of RAM, 400 MB of on-board storage (!) and a 320 x 480 pixels resolution touchscreen. But Sony has still found a way to support ICS on the device.
The Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade is currently rolling out to “most” Xperia Mini Pro models worldwide, with some network locked devices being most likely left out of the mix. Don’t expect the update over-the-air, though, because you’ll need to connect your phone to a PC and install the new OS using Sony’s PC Companion software.
If you’re unsure whether your Xperia Mini Pro supports the ICS upgrade or not, take off the phone’s back cover, remove the battery and check the Sales Item (SI) 8-digit number found there. Afterwards, go at this link and see if your SI number is on the list! If it is, you can officially say hello to Android 4.0! If it isn’t, don’t despair and give it some more time!
It will be very interesting to see how a modestly equipped phone like the Xperia Mini Pro handles the new Android OS package, so stay tuned on our website to find that out! Also, drop us a comment below if you’ve already installed ICS on your Mini Pro to tell us your thoughts.