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Sony Xperia U, Go, & Sola say hello to official ICS update

Under: Mobile Phones, Phone Software, Sony
By:Gary | September 29th, 2012

While there are many Android owning consumers looking forward to their device being updated to the Jelly Bean operating system, there are still a lot of devices still waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive. Now though the official Android ICS update has started to hit more of the Sony Xperia range with new features added.

Sony seem to be pretty busy recently as earlier this week we told you that the Xperia ion on US carrier AT&T was getting updated to ICS, and now according to the Android Authority the Sony Xperia U, Xperia Go, and Xperia Sola are now getting the official Android Ice Cream Sandwich update.

The company earlier this month confirmed the ICS update for the Xperia U would begin rolling out in the coming weeks and true to its word has begun pushing out the new software. Owners of the devices should start receiving the notification that a software upgrade is available, but if that is not the case it’s just a matter of waiting as the various carriers ok the update.

Otherwise users can always check for the updates availability themselves by clicking the About Phone option found in Settings. The three handsets will see some new Sony Walkman apps for pictures, music, and videos, and the extended standby mode will provide an improved battery life while the handset is in standby.

There is also an improved lock screen, re-sizable widgets, apps button, and enhanced control of data consumption. Owners of the Xperia Sola get the nice option of being able to use the handsets touchscreen with gloves, which is great timing considering we are fast approaching winter.

The feature is called Floating Touch that allows owners to control the handset without touching it, and currently is the only Android device to have the feature. Unlocking the screen with the feature the handset will automatically start the Glove Mode, and then you can control the Xperia Sola no matter what you are wearing on your hands. Below we have embedded a video of the feature in action for your viewing pleasure.

Has your Sony Xperia device received Android ICS yet?

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  • aditya

    when will xperia u ics update be relesedin india

  • dchuk

    when is ics for t-mobile on xperia u being released in the uk. we have already waited far to long.

    • Dami A

      dchuk is right i have t-mobile xperia u and it’s taking too long hurry up sony im in the uk

  • xperia-u

    Three hurry up and update xperia u in UK! I’ve waited too long……

  • Ashwin T.S

    Has the ICS update for Xperia U been released in India??? I ve not been able to update it so far

  • Manmohan Sing

    When is india going to receive the update on Xperia U???

    • sumit

      ya dude no official statement by sony india yet on ICS update…

  • sudesh

    I bought sola just because ICS was in the pipeline. It’s six months and now forget the updapte, I’m myself in the pipeline, trapped!

  • Razeil

    I already upgraded it and its fantastic !!!

    • Annoyed_Xperia_U_User

      What country, carrier and are you rooted? I’m in UK on Virgin Mobile and not rooted.

  • Annoyed_Xperia_U_User

    I’m on Virgin Mobile, when will I get ICS? Getting quite impatient now as I have been waiting over a month!

    • Annoyed_Xperia_U_User

      I’m in the UK by the way

  • http://www.facebook.com/RichardWeaver673 Richard Weaver

    Come On UK Update its been on the Sony website for two weeks now but not letting me update an my handset is a sim free which according to Sony were meant to be the first of the Xperia U handsets to get the ICS update get your acts together

  • Bob

    Just bought my Experia U and was hoping it would already be at ICS. No it Gingerbread and not yet due for upgrade. Don’t mind too much as performance is good but I want to get there.

  • Xperia U why?

    i ve been waiting so long for this update but it still hasnt come out i hope the predictions are right that the update is coming out on the 10th november 2012 cuz dont say theres going to be a update soon if theres not and

    p.s – have a nice day

  • Thomas

    I have an Xperia U bought from meteor then unlocked and used on 3 Ireland’s network so which network would okay the update????

  • Sachacker

    hey i am not able to update my sola to ICS in India
    Bought new phone yesterday please suggest sumething so that i can go through the process and update it officially/Legally

  • Rahul mitra

    Sony xperia sola is simply waste..I m suffering of having it. After 3 months of purchase touch screen is not working. Sony Sola are made in china and totally defective. Just lost 21, 000 becoz i opt for sony phone.

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