The latest version of Android is now being rolled out to the Sony Ericsson (SE) Xperia Active, bringing some welcome new features to the fitness-focussed tough phone.
Announcing the availability of Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) via a post on its official blog, Sony stated that the rollout will be staggered across various regions “in batches”.
Initially available for owners of unlocked versions bought off-contract, its arrival on carrier-branded models will depend on how prompt or otherwise your network is with its testing. And how much irksome bloatware they add, natch.
SE doesn’t specify which features Android 4.0 will add to the smartie. But assuming it’s broadly in line with OS upgrades for other SE kits, you can look forward to overhauled versions of native apps and improved multitasking.
You can also expect a mobile version of the Google Chrome browser, as well as a slew of tweaks for the UI and some performance optimisations.
Powered on its release by version 2.3 - codenamed Gingerbread - of Google’s OS, the Active differs from its Xperia brethren through its dust-proof and water-proof exterior and built-in sports apps. Extreme sports types will also appreciate that it features a touchscreen that can be operated with wet fingers.
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