Sony's Tablet S flavored with Ice Cream Sandwich

The company says that the Tablet S will prompt users to update the system software when they connect to a Wi-Fi network.

The Sony Tablet S is now running Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Sony Tablet S is now running Ice Cream Sandwich. Josh P. Miller/CNET

Sony's Tablet S has a new flavor.

The company announced today that the tablet, which boasts a 9.4-inch screen and support for a host of Sony services like Music Unlimited, is now upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The next time Tablet S owners connect to a Wi-Fi network, they'll be prompted to update the software, Sony says.

With the addition of Ice Cream Sandwich, Tablet S owners will now have direct access to the contents on their SD card, and an enhanced lock screen that offers easy access to notifications. Ice Cream Sandwich also boasts support for a panoramic camera mode and the ability to create folders by dragging icons together, among other features.

Sony's Tablet S started shipping last year with Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). Back in December, the company confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich would be coming to the Tablet S, and said last month that it would launch in April.

In addition to the software update, Sony said today that between now and May 12, it's offering a $50 instant rebate on the Tablet S, as well as a free cradle accessory. With that discount, the 16GB model will retail for $349, while the 32GB option will set customers back $449.

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