By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 07, 2012 12:22 PM EDT
Some lucky Android devices are in for a treat soon: major updates to their operating systems. According to the latest reports circling the Web, Motorola's Droid 4 and Sony's Xperia P will finally get a taste of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, while Samsung's flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone will get the latest version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, by the end of the year.
Sony has shared on its India Facebook Page that its Xperia P will follow in the footsteps of the Xperia S and will receive the Android 4.0 ICS update later this month. The announcement came inadvertently, as a Sony staffer let it slip that the ICS update will start rolling out to the Xperia P between "August the 15th and 25th." The update is expected to reach SIM-free handsets first, and will later be available for download over the air. Sony has not made clear when network models will receive the upgrade, or whether the same time frame applies to territories outside India as well.
Meanwhile, Motorola has been less forthcoming about an imminent "soak test" for an update scheduled for the Droid 4, but the update will likely be ICS. The Droid 4 received its last update back in April, and since then its users have been waiting for the next software upgrade. Motorola has already rolled out ICS for the RAZR and other devices, and the company promised an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Droid 4 in the third quarter of this year. Users of the "ICS Waiting Room" thread on the Motorola Droid 4 forums reported that a moderator reminded them to opt-in to the Motorola Feedback Network. When Motorola's feedback network starts teasing details on updates, it generally means they arrive within a few days. The Droid 4 got a leaked version of ICS back in May, but this would be the official upgrade direct from Motorola.
Lastly, Galaxy S3, S2, Note, and future Galaxy Note 2 users have reasons to be excited as well. According to SamMobile, which has a good track record when it comes to Samsung-related rumors, all four of Samsung's latest Galaxy handsets are scheduled to receive an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean sometime in the fourth quarter. The Galaxy S2, S3, and Note have reportedly tested well with the update internally at Samsung, while the Note 2 would only require a quick update if it launches with ICS.
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