Android 4.0.4 update reaches Sony's Xperia S

Owners of the Sony Xperia S phone can now grab a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0.4.

Sony's Xperia S is getting a shot of Android 4.0.4
Sony's Xperia S is getting a shot of Android 4.0.4 Sony Ericsson

Sony is rolling out the latest flavor of Android 4.0 to its Xperia S customers starting today.

Users can update their phones over the air via a mobile network or WiFi, or sync their phones with their PCs using Sony's Xperia Update Web site, PC Companion, or Bridge for Mac software.

The update weighs in at around 200MB, so using Wi-Fi directly or syncing with your PC are better options than updating over your carrier's cell network.

Xperia S owners will receive a notice when the update is ready. The rollout will run over the next few weeks, so Sony cautioned that availability will vary depending upon the carrier.

Beyond providing a bite of Ice Cream Sandwich, Sony is bundling some new media apps as part of the update.

A Walkman app taps into social media by letting you share your favorite song tiles with friends. Facebook integration now helps you download album art, artist photos, and other information from Gracenote. An Album app offers photos and videos that you can share through Facebook.

And the Movies app displays films in high-quality format while providing a searchable database with movie posters and other information related to the content you watch.

People who need help with the Android update can check out Sony's how-to video below.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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