Sony delivers ICS update to Xperia Go, Xperia U and Xperia sola

Earlier this week Sony started pushing Android 4.0 to their devices. The Xperia S and the At&t version of the Ion were the first to receive it but now other devices are on the same update path. Sony revealed that the Xperia U, the Xperia Go and the Xperia Sola will be next in line to receive the update this week.

The update brings a large number of general improvements with Android 4.0 but also some device-centric ones, including "new way to experience" media on your devices. Other note worthy features would be improvements to the lock screen, a new multitasking button and the ability to resize widgets.

One of the more surprising features is specific to the Sola due to its "floating touch" technology. You can probably guess what it is from its name: "Glove Mode". As you can see in the video above, it gives you the ability to use the phone with gloves on, though we don't yet know if it will work with a fork.

Now, Sony does mention that the availability of this new update will vary by market and, unfortunately, carrier requirements. Here's hoping you're one of the lucky ones.

Source: Sony Via: Engadget

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft sued over Kinect technology

Next Story

Open WebOS 1.0 ported to Galaxy Nexus (video)

13 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

I updated my Sony Xperia ion to ICS a couple days ago and must say it does really seem smoother that it did before. I like the phone really well and the 12mp camera is nice. Got it for a really good price of FREE when I updated my contract can't really beat that. Although the clerk at Best Buy told me it was running ICS imagine my surprise when I got home to find out it was running 2.3! Now if I could only find a really good case for this phone I would be set.

Shame that Google stuff is always good, but never quite polished off.
I use the Galaxy Nexus which seems to have a priority but until they sort this stuff out with manufacturers then it will lead to people switching, especially as the line between PC, tablet and smart phone are blurred.

Google needs to take control of their OS. This is ridiculous. Update to an old outdated software today!

Galaxy S3, still waiting for my JB.

Yeah but here's the news flash: the newer version has been out for a couple of months and has even got a few updates. That's the problem with Android. Well that and their marketplace and God awful OEM skins.

jakem1 said,
That didn't take long. Maybe they'll get JB in 2015.

Yeah, Sony's late and after the fact with just about everything. You don't have to ponder long on why their credit rating was axed yet again last week to the second lowest rating. Next year is going to kill them even more.

Thief000 said,

Yeah, Sony's late and after the fact with just about everything. You don't have to ponder long on why their credit rating was axed yet again last week to the second lowest rating. Next year is going to kill them even more.

Excuse me? Late?

Sony is the ONLY BRAND that currently has ALL devices released in 2011 and 2012 running ICS. That includes all cheapo budget phones. All new phones released by Sony run ICS out of the box.

jakem1 said,
That didn't take long. Maybe they'll get JB in 2015.

Sony is late because unlike the other they do the job properly. and now there will be JB earlier than that, ICS in fact got delayed because of JB work.
The difference is that while other OEMs slap together a new build and release it, they release a buggy and laggy version that isn't optimized for the hardware. Sony has been commended by Google as the only OEM that actually properly does the work on the OS and optimizes it for the hardware, getting far better performance and battery time. and a mid end sony phone will operate smoother than your fancy SGSIII. funny when you compare it with a proud SGSIII owner who thinks he's got the greatest gadget in the world.

jakem1 said,
That didn't take long. Maybe they'll get JB in 2015.

Well Sony will release JB within this year to some of their high-end phones and that will make you look like an idiot.

HawkMan said,
Only OEM that actually properly does the work on the OS and optimizes it for the hardware, getting far better performance and battery time.

+1

I have handled a Sola running Gingerbread. And despite it being a mid range phone, I didn't encounter any lags whatsoever.

"The update brings a large number of general improvements with iOS 4.0"
Since when is Sony using Apple's OS?