Sony has begun updating the Xperia S to the latest version of Android and has added some smart new proprietary entertainment apps, as a way of making amends after the mid-range blower shipped with the superannuated Gingerbread version of the OS.
Available to download now for unlocked Xperia S phones bought off-contract, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) adds some smart features to the handset, bringing it up to speed with equivalent kits from the likes of HTC and Samsung.
Perhaps the sexiest are the upgraded versions of the Walkman, Albums and Movies apps that Sony claims adds up to a “completely new way to experience your media”.
The revamped Walkman application now makes it easier to share music and find out what your chums are listening to by integrating the on board music player more closely with Facebook.
The Movies app, meanwhile, improves video playback , while the all-new Albums app offers a new interface for your snaps and videos.
And, natch, you also get everything that Android 4.0 brings to non-Sony phones.
That includes resizable widgets to allow more scope to customise your home screen, as well as a rather handy ‘recent apps’ button that makes it easier to see all your applications running in the background.
Also on board is an enhanced lock screen function, which now uses face recognition technology and more control over your data consumption.
Carriers are expected to start rolling out ICS to network-branded Xperia S phones in weeks to come.