ICS served up for Sony Tablet S

Summary:An update to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system is now available for Sony's Tablet S devices.The company announced the update in a blog post on Thursday, highlighting some of the new features of the operating system, such as new home screen actions, revamped web browser and new camera modes.

An update to the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android operating system is now available for Sony's Tablet S devices.

The company announced the update in a blog post on Thursday, highlighting some of the new features of the operating system, such as new home screen actions, revamped web browser and new camera modes.

"The next time you connect to Wi-Fi, your Sony Tablet S should prompt you to do a system update, just click OK to download, and in a few minutes you should be ready to go on Android 4.0," a spokeswoman for the company wrote.

However, the company could not confirm at the time of writing whether UK owners would be able to download the same update as owners in the US. Sony did not say when an update for the Tablet P would be ready.

The update for the Tablet S follows hot on the heels of an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for some other Sony handsets, such as the Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray. However, the company warned that upgrading to the newer version on some devices could make for a less stable user experience.

Unlike other versions of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich aims to reduce the amount of fragmentation on the platform by providing a base OS that works equally well on smartphones as well as tablets.

Update 13:30 27 April: A Sony spokeswoman contacted ZDNet UK on Friday with the following statement regarding UK availability:

"An update to Android 4.0 will be available soon for Sony Tablet in the UK. System software for Android 4.0 is developed and released independently for each country. For some countries, the software update has been released already and for other countries it will be released at a later date."

Topics: Mobility

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