Sony Finally Brings ICS To Xperia S, Hits Q2 Target

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Sony’s Xperia S arrived a few months back, heralding the start of Sony transitioning to releasing smartphones under its name alone, rather than as Sony Ericsson. We were really impressed with the phone’s hardware while conducting our review, but felt a little let-down when it came to the software department, especially seeing as the phone arrived running Gingerbread. Clearly, Ice Cream Sandwich was needed if we wanted a full understanding of the phone’s performance, so we patiently started waiting for Sony to deliver the model’s official Android 4.0 upgrade. After a bit of a false start, Sony’s finally come through with the phone’s update, which begins its rollout today.

A little over a month ago, a Sony employee posted in one of the phone’s support forums that the Xperia S would see ICS land sometime in late May or early June. It didn’t take long, though, before Sony recanted on those claims and changed the update’s ETA to the latter part of Q2. Well, with just over a week to go until July, we’d certainly say this qualifies; we’re just glad not to see the update’s release delayed any longer.

Besides just making the leap to Android 4.0.4, the Xperia S gets a few new media-related apps, letting you easily browse and enjoy music, photos, and video. Distribution will be going out OTA, on you can always tether your phone to your PC or Mac for a direct connection with Sony’s Xperia Update Software; all told, the ICS update weighs-in at around 200MB. Depending on your carrier, you might see a small delay before the update becomes available, so keep your eyes peeled.

Source: Sony

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!