Sony Xperia S getting ICS today

Sony Xperia S getting ICS today
The Sony Xperia S is one of the hottest Android devices, but for some the fact that it originally runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread was a dealbreaker. Now, this is fixed - today, Sony is updating its Android flagship to Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The exact number of the ICS version is 4.0.4 and it comes with resizable widgets and better lock screen.

The update weighs around 200MB so you’d better make sure you’re connected to a solid Wi-Fi network before starting it. You can update directly from the phone, but if you choose to you could also use Sony’s Xperia Update web platform, or hook up your phone to your Mac and PC and use Sony’s companion app.

Availabilty of the update will vary across carriers, and users will be notified with a message, but we guess you could keep on refreshing the settings menu to see if it’s already there. The rollout will be phased and will continue over the next couple of weeks.

source: Sony

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Xperia S
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.50h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Sony/ Sony Ericsson has always been underrated company!! they made fantastic phones in the past and now also they are making really awesome devices! Now even they update their phones on time and it looks beautiful unlike Samsung which disappointed me with ICS experience on Galaxy Note!! The UI being exactly same on Samsung as was on Gingerbread while Arc gets a new refreshing UI They have some of the best looking devices and their performance is fantastic even with single core and dual core CPU

5. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

There was no obvious changes to the ICS UI of the Note? I'm surprised Indeed they're underrated somehow, maybe its due to non geeky specs when compared to the competition. In regards to the ICS update on the Arc I am somewhat surprised to how smooth it was, the browser now is as smooth as the browser of the SGS2, the updated UI makes the phone feel all brand new. The only issue I have with the Arc's ICS update right now are some compatibility issue on some games, and that's just right about it. . .

10. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Nope, apart from the settings menu on note the home-screen and the way it functions is exactly the same as Gingerbread, even the wallpaper is the same.. also the battery life seems to have gone down a bit but that isnt an issue :) But I ended up using a custom launcher for now..(not a fan of Touch Wiz) I also have the Arc, the UI looks really good and refreshing, love the new icons :) (Feels bran new Indeed) :D But the only issue on that phone is the limited RAM :( if the arc had 1 GB of RAM it would have been much smoother!! STILL I have seen my Arc faster at tasks like opening messages, phone-book, opening gallery than my Galaxy Note.. and yeah the browser is damn smooth in the arc after the update :) PS I keep only essential apps on my phone that helps the arc in response time! Well i have not tried the Xperia S but will go for Sony's next flagship probably will end up selling Galaxy note to my friend.

13. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Ohhh I see, well that sucks! The software optimization of SONY is somewhat top notch given that their phones Chipset is considered by many as crap compared to others. I still can see my next phone with the SONY logo in it. . .

2. Tjey007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 22, 2012

with ICS it will be definitely SEXY.

17. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I wish this was good news for me.....My device is a crapper now and I have no way of replacing it.... 600$ going to waist.....UHHHHH!! lol I don't even know if my brother should get me another Xperia S if the screen only displays this pied yellow color. If you have an Xperia S in good working condition I'm really jealous. lol I wish you the best while you enjoy ICS...lol

18. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

You know you can get it fixed for free, right?

20. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Where? You mean I can ship it out to sony and they will replace it or something? If that is the case then i feel really stupid right now. lol

21. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Yeah, you can give it to the nearest Sony store or ship it to Sony if you like :)

22. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

lol, I feel soooooo stupid....I have to tell my brother then....Thank you soooooo much.

24. Aaron_R96 unregistered

I swear I told you this a couple of days ago? maybe I just thought I did haha, but yeah definately worth it, if theres not a sony centre nearby, take it to your carrier!

26. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Im just going to send it to sony because at&t doesnt cary this device. Lol. You most likely did tell me this. I foget what i post alot. But thanks still you guys...

23. axeetech

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

It's already quite sexy em waiting for it's review soon http://axeetech.wordpress.com/

3. wendygarett unregistered

Pull down notification on lockscreen? Isnt that the all ICS feature?

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Yup they just highlighted that coz that's not available on gingerbread. Remember the Vid is to show what's new to the Xperia S ICS update.

4. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

PhoneArena, this is a request from me(And whoever wants to), please re-review the Xperia S after the ICS update. Thanks

7. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Agreed! Hey Ramy you have an Arc S right? I have to ask, found any issue to the ICS update so far?

16. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Hey mate! The update has been AMAZING so far to be honest overall. I only found some bugs that do not bother me a lot, mainly in Whatsapp and Xperia-Gallery, but it's no biggie. Just make sure to turn off Hardware acceleration, that made my phone even smoother :)

27. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Ohh I see, My only issue is that they removed the favorite contacts/ call log widget I missed that widget, seems like I'll be scanning the settings for now to fully understand ICS. . .

8. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

i hope phonearena is reading your comment. want to read review first to see if there is any problem after update.

12. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I have the original arc there are no issues on the phone at all, everything is smooth and working no force-close or apps crashing for me. I am happy my phone. Feels new and refreshed.. was worth the wait for the update! But i disabled the Facebook inside xperia as i dont use it at all!

9. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Agreed! I'm with you

11. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Any news on whether this is just in the US for now or is it worldwide starting today, he tablet s got the ics update a month after the us version thats all, thanks!

14. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

They said it will gradually roll globally. Better check your phones SI if its included in the 1st batch here.http://talk.sonymobile.com/thread/42096

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

i am amazed. they have done great in this new software. features are fresh

19. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Sony is best in Phones & providing Updates..They always keep their word...My previous cell was Sony Ericsson & my current cell is Sony ....hope i get the Update to my region soon.

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I have to applaued SONY for their good work and keeping up with their UPGRADES. Which is why I will only buy SONY phones from now on. i can't wait to buy the iON and hopefully it will get ICS after it's release here in the states.

28. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

wow was eagerly waiting for ICS update for d xperia s........ i wish d whole UI changes for my xperia s.... btw nw even with gingerbread i luv d interface....... i even hv S2 which came with ICS out-of-box....... ¬hing gr8 diff, its UI is same as gingerbread!!

29. nsnk86

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

any idea when wil ICS update for xperia s cme to india??

30. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

ICS update is now available in the Philippines

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