I was a little disappointed that Sony's latest crop of Xperia smartphones didn't come pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich from day one, but it's better late than never. The Japanese company has confirmed that the much-anticipated upgrade is rolling out to the Xperia S beginning today, and it comes with a whole host of new features.

In addition to the new user interface, Sony has detailed "a completely new way to experience your media" on its blog:

  • The "WALKMAN" application blends the best of signature Sony audio technology with social features; to discover the music your friends like and share personal favorites. Facebook integration gives you a visual way to interact with content – accessing album art, artist images and information, directly from Gracenote®
  • The "Album" application brings new intuitive ways to sort and browse high quality photos and videos in blazing speed, as well as providing instant viewing, commenting and sharing of photos on Facebook and other online albums, leveraging the great camera capabilities of Xperia S
  • The "Movies" application streamlines the playback and viewing of movies in high quality audio and video, whilst using intelligent database search to grab movie posters and information for a richer experience

And if that's not enough, Ice Cream Sandwich also brings better lock screen functionality, resizable widgets, better control of your data consumption, and lots more. In fact, you could say it was worth the wait.

The rollout will take a "few weeks," according to Sony, so you may not receive it today. When the update is available for your Xperia S handset, you'll receive a notification to inform you it's ready to download. You can then install it wirelessly on your handset itself, or through your computer using Sony's Companion (PC) or Bridge (Mac) software.

Has your Xperia S got Ice Cream Sandwich yet?

[via The Verge]