Android Phones

Sony Xperia S getting Android 4.0 starting right now

June 21, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

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The Xperia S, Sony’s best Android phone announced so far in 2012, is also the best phone to run Android 4.0. Sony Mobile announced today that the Sony Xperia S Ice Cream Sandwich update is happening right now, bringing one of the company’s latest phones onto the latest software.

Sony is pushing out the Android 4.0 update through a variety of options. Users can access ICS through an Xperia Update website, a PC/Mac application, or through an over the air update. A step-by-step video will guide Xperia S owners through the process, so follow the instructions as they are explained here and get the download under way.

Android 4.0 offers new app compatibility, some UI tweaks, and several features previously unavailable to the Xperia S. Among those features are resizable widgets, data monitoring, a better multitasking view of recent apps, and new options for the lock screen. It also brings some Sony-specific changes with the introduction of new music, photos, and video media apps. Here’s an explanation direct from Sony and a video showcasing some of the new features.

via Sony Mobile

  • The “WALKMAN” application blends the best of signature Sony audio technology with social features; to discover the music your friends like and share personal favorites. Facebook integration gives you a visual way to interact with content – accessing album art, artist images and information, directly from Gracenote®
  • The “Album” application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia S
  • The “Movies” application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video, whilst using intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information for a richer experience