Xperia S ICS update will bring Android 4.0.4

by XB on 22nd May 2012

in Android, Firmware, Xperia S

The Ice Cream Sandwich update that is rolling out to some of the 2011 Sony Xperia family brings with it Android 4.0.3 using the 2.6.32 kernel. Many have been wondering why Sony Mobile is taking so much longer to release ICS for its 2012 flagship, the Xperia S. Well judging from a snapshot of a leaked ROM the reason is likely to be that Sony is updating the Xperia S to Android 4.0.4 rather than 4.0.3.

The snapshot of the leaked ROM comes from the Xperia NX (SO-02D) – the Japanese equivalent of the Xperia S. It shows that the handset is running Android 4.0.4 and an updated 3.0.8 kernel. The firmware build number of this version is 6.1.A.0.405. Hopefully the firmware will bring with it better power management and hence longer battery life.

Xperia S ICS update

Via xda-developers.

  • TheLoyalist

    Good Sony!

  • SeaTHX

    This could be worth a wait…

  • Verydipoint

    It seems that battery icon not ICS one

  • Cooper9476

    Same icon as my arc s running 4.03 ics!

  • Ambroos

    There are also rumours that this includes the new Gallery and Video apps Sony has made for the SX/GX. It might also include the Walkman app instead of the Music App (they are almost the same though). That might also be why we’re hearing so little about those things. I expect Sony to announce new devices that come with this software (aka international LT29) before we’ll see ICS for the Xperia S. And that probably means we’ll see those devices announced at CommunicAsia.

  • reptile64

    I want a leaked ROM now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Piponxs

    This sounds great, hope they improved battery life, and removed some apps running in background for nothing (office,liveware,etc). ..Glad to see this news. ..

  • You know what – those GX and SX run FW v. 7.0…, this is on 6. I really do hope that this does not mean that the software of the Xperia S won’t be up to date with Sony’s FW.. I hope the differance is only in LTE..

  • KinG

    after Xperia S update to lastest android ICS 4.0.4 and kernal 3.0.8 will it UI and system run as smooth as the upcoming Xperia GX?can anyone answer this question?

  • Scorpion

     It shows that the handset is running Android 4.0.3 and an updated 3.0.8 kernel. typo ?

  • Fcollado87

    This is realy a good news for us Sony Xperia S users. Hopefully, Sony makes our SXS even more faster, smoother with the ICS 4.0.4.  I’m already happy with the speaker loudness of SXS but my Xperia Arc loudness is really amazing.  I just hope ICS for SXS has a bigger fonts because the current font size is too small everywhere, e.g. when you open details of your contact person, the fonts are really too small especially the phone numbers whereas a lot of space are free to make the fonts a little bit more bigger.  Xperia Arc has really a very decent font size anywhere.

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  • Who

    a little bit OT. can anybody say me if the xperia 2011 series will ever see an ICS update? I do not care if it’s not 4.0.4 but at least the known bugs fixed. thanks!

  • Eugene Polyakov

    Android 5 is coming up this fall, and we still haven’t got ICS. Maaan:/

  • blurb8
  • XperiaBlog

    Thx for the spot!

  • Joaquin Padilla Rivero

    Sony said they would update the whole 2011 Xperia range to ICS.

  • mahalamor

    If this ICS won’t improve the battery life of Xperia S then this is not worth waiting for.

  • Juniper2hill

    Juz info,Anthony from Sony Product blog said that Xperia 2011 line up will be updated to ICS on last week of this month,
    the post:

  • ICS for Sony Arc S/Arc has been out for almost 2 months now. You people really need to root your phones and learn how to install custom rom images.

    I’ve had ICS on my Sony Arc (with locked bootloader) for a month atleast… You’re going to wait and wait then get some Sony bloatware crap?

    Sad times indeed when android users actually need to wait for a carrier update…

  •  Sony bloatware image worth the wait?

    100% NOT worth the wait.

    Get a custom rom image already…

  •  and even less devices will support that. Jelly bean is an excuse for cellphone makers to make users buy a new phone for the software. Don’t you understand how this capitalist consumerism works yet?

    NO current phone from Sony will support it.

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  • barom

    Think you misunderstand how it works. All these manufacturers need to wait for Google to release the update before they can actually start working on upgrading their phones. This means the day Galaxy Nexus was released was the day the Ice Cream Sandwich code got released. If you followed this blog or Sony Mobile/Ericsson’s you realise that updating a phone takes a long time, especially for ICS since it was such a large step forward. It’s just an effect that we have to deal with as Android users.

  • Eugene Polyakov

    That’s why so many devices are coming up with ICS and my flagship is using 2.3.7 but every other day I read new article about how good is new update for Sony will be. Frustration…

  • SeaTHX

     The thing is that I´m one of those people who likes and using the SONY bloatware and it´s not that much bloatware anyway compare to other brands. That is why I´m not using a custom rom on my Xperia. I´m very happy with the current version so I´m not that anxious to get ICS, I can wait a month :)

  • Albert Octavianus

    anyone here have problems with apps in the xperia s internal storage? it went missing when i restart the phone

  • MyLive

    Is there any known bugs on ICS 4.0.3 for 2011 xperia line up update? I’ve read somewhere that it feels laggy than previous GB 2.3.4.. Is there any chance Live Walkman and the rest of 2011 xperias would get 4.0.4?

  • AlexBurnout

    My XS can’t wait.

  • How about my arc s can get ics 4.0.4 ?

  • A’s

    PLZ TELL me when come xperia s update 4.0.4 ????? anyone know u ?? plz ans…….. thnx

  • Govind

    Yeah me too. But if I restart it again it’s fixed.

    a quick and working guide of updating xperia phones to ics by offical way

  • Sco

    I’m living in Japan and i have a Sony xperia nx so-02d and I’m wondering if we will have an upgrade,some say maybe never….anyone know about this?

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