29th Sep, 2012
Sony has just given its users something to smile about. Ever since the Xperia U, sola, and go were released, owners had been stuck with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). However, they're now all set to finally get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). According to a post on the official Sony Xperia Product Blog, the phones will receive the upgrade globally over the next few weeks. This includes additional functionality and features, such as a new media player application, extended standby mode, a new lock screen with improved functionality, resizable widgets, improved monitoring of mobile data consumption, and a Recent Apps button for quick access to applications. Xperia sola users will get an additional Glove Mode in this upgrade, which is an extension of Sony's Floating Touch technology that allows people in colder climates to use the phone with their gloves on — a feature first introduced by Nokia.
Coming to the Tablet S, you may recall that the slate initially came with Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), whereas the Japanese electronics giant recently launched the Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012 with ICS. In order to ensure that buyers of the previous model don't feel left out, its software has also been upgraded to Android 4.0.3. The list of new features include Guest Mode (a guest login for others so that they don't mess with your tablet's settings), a redesigned media player, macro functionality on the Remote Control app, large widgets, Socialife (a revamped version of Social Feed Reader Cloud), and Watch Now, which provides a visual programme guide based on personal preferences and real-time social trends. For a detailed look at the upgrade, refer to the announcement blog post.