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After kicking off a roll out in June of a software update for the Xperia S smartphone that included an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Sony mobile communications (SMC) now announces the start of the rollout for the software update for many of its 2011 Xperia range.


Sony stated that the availability and scheduling of the software upgrades will vary by market and carrier requirements. According to Sony South Africa, the ICS update is locally available for the  Xperia arc, Xperia arc S, Xperia ray, and Xperia neo V. The update is still in the testing phase for some of the other devices in the 2011 Xperia range including the Xperia neo, Xperia Pro and Xperia active. Besides the ICS upgrade, this update also incorporates bug fixes, performance tweaks as well as other firmware enhancements.

Some of these performance tweaks and firmware enhancement includes:
    • Quick dial - allows users to quickly find the number they are searching for.
    • Recent Apps button that provides a clear overview of a user’s applications.
    • Quicker response time for incoming calls.
    • Optimised email application for handling multiple email accounts.
    • Improved control of users’ mobile data consumption.
In addition to the list of devices above, Sony is also looking to make this update available “over the next few weeks” (overseas at least) to the Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo L and Live with Walkman.

The Japanese firm said that users whose devices still operate on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) will need to connect their smartphone to a web-connected PC and utilise the PC companion application to download it.

Users who have already upgraded to ICS will receive a notification when the update (performance tweaks and bug fixes only) is ready and will be able to download it over-the-air (OTA).   

In related news, Sony also recently unveiled the Xperia SL, which sports the same design as the Xperia S, but is powered by a slightly faster 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor. It is unfortunately not heading to local shores.

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