One of the biggest problems with Android (in my mind) is the lack of a consistent updating method across all manufacturers and all carriers. Still, most carriers can push out updates in a decent amount of time, and that's exactly what Sony Ericsson promises to do with its line of Xperia phones.
The manufacturer today announced its upgrade plans for the 2012 year. Android 4.0 will be coming to the entire 2011 Xperia phone line, and Sony even gave us a nice timeframe in which we can expect the updates. Beginning in March and ending in early April, Sony will shove Ice Cream Sandwiches into the mouths of the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray.
After that, it's Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini and Mini Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman owners who will get to partake in the tasty treat. Those devices' updates will be pushed out in late April to early May.
The best part of Sony Ericsson smartphones is the fact that Sony's skins aren't very different from stock Android. You should see a simple, elegant, and clean interface just like Matias Duarte and his team at Google intended.[Sony Ericsson]