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Sony Announces Ice Cream Sandwich Updates for Tablet P & Tablet S, Coming April

Sony Tablet P

If you picked up a Sony Tablet S last week when British retailer Dixons Stores — the parent company for PC World, Currys, and Dixons — slashed £100 (approx. $158) off its price tag, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Sony will be releasing its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the device next month.

The Japanese company has announced this morning that those toting either the Tablet S or the Tablet P will get their Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade by the end of April.

In addition to the new user interface and the standard Android 4.0 features, Sony will also be throwing in some additional photography features, such as the ability to access the camera directly from the lock screen, edit images in the gallery application, and create panoramic photos. The update will also allow users to watch content they’ve recorded on their Sony Blu-ray recorders with a special app.

Furthermore, The Verge reports that both devices will also get a nifty “Small Apps” feature:

Another interesting feature is the addition of “Small Apps.” With them, users will be able to fire up a small calculator, remote control, or browser window on top of the currently running app. Although this sounds like it will only be available for apps that support the feature, Sony’s press release shows it being used with YouTube, Google Maps, and the web browser.

Alongside this morning’s announcement, Sony also revealed a new Wi-Fi-only version of the Tablet P, which will be available in Japan from April 21 for ¥50,000 (approx. $600). And interchangeable covers that add a splash of color to the dual-screen device, available in blue, gold, and pink for ¥5,000 (approx. $60).

Tablet P covers

Are you looking forward to the Ice Cream Sandwich update for your Sony tablet?

[via The Verge]

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