Very recently, the Sony Xperia S received its official update to Android 4.0.4. This is great news for a few reasons, most of which involve all of the fun, new features that come with Ice Cream Sandwich. However, 4.0.4 is the last version of Ice Cream Sandwich, which means the next update could be Jelly Bean. Xperia Ion LTE users, meanwhile, have been waiting for an update to Android 4.0.4, and the wait has just ended.

Mobile Syrup has been discussing that Sony is already preparing the 4.0.4 update. Almost everyone was sure the update would occur sometime this week, but the exact date was only speculation. Thankfully, the wait wasn’t a very long one, as Sony has reportedly begun to roll out the update as of yesterday, September 14.

What’s in the official update?

For starters, Ice Cream Sandwich is a wholly different operating system than Gingerbread. Xperia Ion LTE owners will be treated to a new user interface, most of the features that come with Android 4.0.4, and likely some features that Sony has baked in themselves. The Xperia Ion LTE should also get performance improvements and better battery management that many have been hoping for.

For most users, a notification for upgrade should already appear. If not, you can likely force the update by going into the settings screen, navigating to the About Phone option, and then tapping “check for updates.” According to Xperia Blog, the Xperia Ion update is rolling out to Hong Kong and Taiwan customers now. Other regions should experience their updates in the very near future.

The new version number is 6.1.E.1.19 and it should be a pretty big update. So be sure to be near your phone charger in case you need to plug in during the download and install processes. Since the update is so fresh, there aren’t any reports out yet as to how the update is working.

If you have the Xperia Ion LTE and have already updated, we’d love to hear from you. How is the update? Are there noticeable improvements? Let us know in the comments below.

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