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Sony Xperia P’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Sony Xperia P

Staying true to the promise it made earlier this month, Sony is now rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for the Xperia P. The update brings all the benefits of Android 4.0 to the mid-range handset, including a new task switcher, resizable widgets, and updates to Google’s core applications, including Gmail, Calendar, and more.

Sony has also made improvements to its own application suite, The Verge reports. The Music app is now called Walkman after Sony’s famous personal music players, and it — along with the Movies and Gallery apps — have receiving visual improvements and more functionality.

One of the biggest “hidden” changes is the new “extended standby mode,” which Sony insists can improve the Xperia P’s battery life four-fold.

The ICS update begins its rollout today, before “continuing over the next few weeks in markets globally.” So don’t worry if you still haven’t received yours by the weekend.

As usual, you’ll get a notification to let you know when the update’s available to download, but if you’d like to check manually, you can do so via your handset’s Settings menu. The software will be an over-their-air update, but Sony warns that some handsets may need to be connected to a Mac or PC to be upgraded.

[via The Verge]

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