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ICS Updates are now rolling out for Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia go, and Sony Xperia U

The Sony Xperia U, Sola, and go have begun receiving an OTA update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Aside from the new features baked in by Sony, owners will also get all the goodies that come with Ice Cream Sandwich like re-sizable widgets and other improvements.
September 28, 2012
Sony has been very busy as of late and it is starting to show. With over a dozen Sony Xperia devices currently on the market, it may seem unfathomable they get updates out to any of them. Mostly because it always seems like they’re on the precipice of releasing another device. However, they do find the time and the Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia Go, and Sony Xperia U are all now getting official Ice Cream Sandwich.

For many, you should be getting that wonderful notification that says you have a firmware update available. Since you’re going to a whole new version of Android, it should be pretty big. So make sure you are plugged into a power source or at least have a full battery charge.

If you’re not getting it, don’t panic. Sometimes update roll outs can take a few days or even a week or more. You can always try to force the update by going into Settings, then About Phone, and manually checking for an update.

What are the features for the Sony Xperia updates?

There are a lot of them. For all three devices, you should see many of the same features. Some are native to ICS, others are baked in by Sony. A partial list includes:

  1. New Sony Walkman applications for music, pictures, and video content.
  2. Extended standby mode allows for much longer battery life while in standby.
  3. Improved lock screen.
  4. Re-sizable widgets to help make things fit where you want them.
  5. Improved control of data consumption.
  6. Recent Apps button added.

The Sony Xperia Sola gets a particularly awesome feature with this update. It is the ability to use the phone while wearing gloves. It sounds simple, but this isn’t a function most Android devices have. With most, you must either buy special gloves or take them off to operate your device.

Sony Xperia Sola comes with functionality called Floating Touch. It is currently the only Android device on Earth that does. With it, you can control your phone without actually touching it. You can see a nifty demonstration video of Floating Touch here.

When you unlock the screen with Floating Touch in the new ICS update, it’ll automatically enable Glove Mode. From there, you’ll be able to use your phone with literally any glove on. Yes, even boxing gloves. Don’t believe me? Check out the demonstration video.

With all three devices getting Ice Cream Sandwich at once, and the Sola getting the unique Glove Mode, these Xperia devices should be getting a lot more fun for their owners. Are you excited about the updates and have you gotten them yet? Let us know!