Finally! Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now being rolled out to Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini ST15i and other Xperia handsets in batches. And today, update for my Xperia Mini (that blogging bought) with SI-number 1248-9964 is now already available. You can check out updated list of SI-numbers for Xperia mini which can now be updated to ICS (firmware build 4.1.B.0.431).
Update or Not to Update
Before, while waiting for this update to come, I did some research and read some discussions on forums regarding feedback and comments about the ICS update on their Xperia mini. Few said that the update was working perfectly fine on their handsets, while mostly said otherwise, with so much encountered problems. Some say that Android 4.0 ICS update will not fix the overheating issue and malfunctioning capacitive buttons of Xperia Mini ST15i. I was able to find some solution to theses problem before that's why my Xperia mini has been fairly usable for the past 3 months. So I'm quite skeptical that if I apply the update, that problem will come back.
Also, here are some reminders or sort of warning from Sony before updating to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as posted on their site:
- Android 4.0’s hardware requirements are more advanced than previous software updates, so your phone’s performance may be affected.
- Our commitment to offering you the best, means that once upgraded you will not be able to revert back to an older version of Android.
- To optimise your phone’s performance, some applications may have been disabled and will not be visible on your screen. A new installed application called ‘Performance Assistant’ will help you enable these apps. Please also note that some 3rd party applications may not be compatible with Android 4.0. Please visit Google Play’s marketplace to view apps that are compatible with Android 4.0 or contact the 3rd party developers directly for support.
- Flash support will be disabled, but this can be easily fixed by visiting Google Play’s marketplace and downloading the latest available Adobe Flash player application.
Although my hands are now really itching to update my Xperia mini to Android 4.0 ICS, but I think I could not take the risks yet since I'm using it as my main phone. I'll update some other time maybe...
Update (6/30/12): I have already installed ICS on my Xperia Mini today. So far, so good. Full review will be posted soon.