Sony is pushing out the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 upgrade to the Xperia S phone. On top of the update, the Japanese company also adds new media applications by Sony itself called WALKMAN, Album, and Movies.
The Sony WALKMAN app is more than a music player. Named after Sony’s iconic cassette player, it integrates social media with music by allowing users to share music with Facebook friends. Facebook in partnership with Gracenote as well enables Walkman App users to see information about the artist, and album art.
Album brings to users an intuitive way of viewing photos taken by the Xperia S camera, and adds a social element by letting users write comments and share images on Facebook as well as other web-based galleries.
Movies, for its part, permit users to enjoy a smooth playback of videos. This app is integrated with a library where users can search for information about movies as well as view movie posters.
Meanwhile, Ice Cream Sandwich expands the Android phone’s functionalities by including new lock screen functions, widgets that may be resized, more control over mobile data, and a fresh Recent Apps button.
Sony is making the upgrade easy by offering multiple options for downloading ICS and the free apps. The first option is to get it via Wi-Fi and mobile Internet. On the other hand, they may also download it though a computer. The update is available on the Xperia Update website as well as on PC Companion and Bridge for Mac.
That said, the update has a total size of about 200 MB, so Sony recommends directly downloading it from the phone itself. Sony has even produced an instructional guide on installing the upgrade which is available on the Xperia support page on Youtube for those who need assistance. The company is sending an alert to users when the update is ready for installation on their phone. However, this depends on the users’ carrier.
The ICS update with the Sony enhancements will be available for the Xperia S in the forthcoming weeks.