Xperia S users – download ICS now; FTF file now available

by XB on 21st June 2012

in Android, Featured Content, Firmware, Tips & Tricks, Xperia S

Sony Mobile stuck to its word and has today released Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Xperia S owners. This is the first 2012 Xperia handset to be updated to Android 4.0 and finally fulfils the potential of the handset that first hit the market in March 2012. As with all Xperia updates it can be a painful process waiting for your particular country/carrier version to be available. However, if you don’t mind taking matters into your own hands then you can download the update today.

The FTF file of the Generic Swiss update (SI: 1257-3740] has just been released. The update will upgrade your firmware build to 6.1.A.0.452 as expected and kernel version 3.0.8. We’ve detailed previously how you can use the FTF file and FlashTool to flash this stock firmware safely onto your handset. Get all of the necessary download links and instructions below.

Xperia S Android 4.0.4 download links


For FlashTool, download and install the v0.8.0.0 full version, before you apply the v0.8.6.0 update.

FlashTool Windows Edition – v0.8.0.0
Update: Windows Edition – v0.8.6.0

Generic Swiss ICS Xperia S firmware

Download the Generic Swiss ICS Xperia S firmware from here (335MB) and extract the files using WinRar. This is firmware version 6.1.A.0.452 which will update your Xperia S to Android 4.0.4.

FlashTool Guide

We previously outlined how Sony Xperia arc S owners could update to Android 4.0 ICS. The principles for the Xperia S remain the same – just make sure you download the above files and then follow the same instructions here.


  • The linked tutorial does not require you to root your Sony Xperia S and it does not require you to unlock your bootloader.
  • We recommend that you backup your Sony Xperia S before flashing and do a full wipe when installing the new ICS firmware. This will not delete any media (pictures, music and video) on the phone. See the settings to be used on the FlashTool image below.
  • You need to press and hold the volume down key while plugging the USB cable into your Xperia S.
  • FlashTool

    Via xda-developers.

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