AT&T Sony Xperia ion (aka LT28at) has finally received the much awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) update a week after the global roll out was pushed by Sony. Usually, units subsidized by carriers will receive updates later than SIM-free models. This is because further tests will be conducted by carriers to make sure the latest firmware is compatible with other custom services on top of personalized apps and other functionality.
Sony Xperia ion was released in the US in June this year and went straight to AT&T. Just like the SIM-free model, it comes packed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony received tons of criticisms for not giving this handset ICS as the native OS so much so that hundreds of people who allegedly pre-ordered the device backed out upon learning it has a dated OS.
AT&T Sony Xperia ion ICS update can now be downloaded directly from Sony website. Users are advised to have the cable ready during update because it can only be applied through a computer application. There are two applications available for download; one for Windows PC and one for Mac users. Depending on the system, one of the applications needs to be downloaded and installed in order to pull the update down from Sony servers.
Having a Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset and a dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, Xperia ion is a powerful device. While Gingerbread is the most stable Android version, there are new functionalities that ICS offer on top of hundreds of improvements, enhancements and tweaks. Among the features this update offers are the following:
Browsing improvements – this ICS update comes with a new browser that offers tabbed browsing with impressively faster load times, desktop mode and offline reading.
New Lock/Unlock features – Face Unlock is made available on Xperia ion through this update. Users can now set their phone to unlock directly bringing them to text messaging, home screen, camera, and phone dialer.
Home screen folders – users can now create folders on the home screen by simply dragging one icon onto another. There would also a new notifications bar with swipe away notifications feature.
Connectivity – Sony assures owners that Wi-Fi speed will see a generous improvement after the update and the Mobile Hotspot functionality is made better and faster.
The Sony Xperia ion ICS update is a necessary move and should have been done months ago. Nevertheless, owners have a lot to be thankful for. Both Sony and AT&T didn’t hint of new updates despite the fact that people are becoming more interested with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A dual-core device like Xperia ion can definitely run JB without any problems, however, it seems like it’s not one of Sony’s priority for now.
AT&T Sony Xperia ion is currently available at Amazon.com for only $0.01. Check the product below for more info.
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