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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rolled out on Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia S smartphone owners, you're about to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sony announced yesterday it is rolling out Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, to its Xperia S customers starting this week. The update brings a number of new and improved features, such as resizable widgets, better control of your mobile data consumption, and a recent apps button to speed up the launching of frequently used apps.

In addition to ICS, Sony is providing three new media applications as part of the update-Walkman, Album, and Movies. The Walkman app integrates with Facebook and lets you share your favorite songs with friends and also discover new tunes they like. The Album app offers some new ways to sort and browse through photos, as well as share them on Facebook. The new Movies app displays films in high-quality format and provides a searchable database with movie posters and other information about a given title.

Users can update their phone via mobile networks and Wi-Fi, or else via their computer on either Sony's Xperia Update website, PC Companion, or with Bridge for Mac software. The software package comes in at around 200 MB, so Sony recommends using Wi-Fi if you're upgrading an Xperia S over the air.

The upgrade will be pushed out "over the next few weeks" as availability may vary across different carriers, Sony said. Users will get a notification when the upgrade is ready for their device.

Sony introduced the Xperia S at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The device is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and features a 4.3-inch screen with a 720p display. The phone packs 32GB of internal memory and has a microSD card slot expandable to an additional 32GB.

The Xperia S features near field communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to share content with each other by tapping their phones together, and also paves the way for future NFC applications and services.