Android 4.0 Update for Sony Tablets Coming this April

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Sony will continue to roll out its Android 4.0 update, as the company’s Tablet S and Tablet P will have a boost on its operating system by the end of April –– at least in Japan. The Ice Cream Sandwich update will enhance the tablets’ user interface to make it in line with Sony smartphones that run on Android 4.0.

Android 4.0 Update’s Additional Features

Other than the UI enhancement, the Android 4.0 update also includes additional photo functionality to Tablet S and Tablet P such as lock-screen camera activation, gallery application photo editor and panoramic photograph capabilities –– a known Sony NEX and Alpha series digital camera feature. In addition, the update will enable users to watch programs they’ve recorded using a compatible Blu-Ray recorder via downloadable “Recopla” app. However, Electronista reported that this feature will arrive sometime in May.

What makes the OS update interesting is the addition of “Small Apps.” It’s a widget-like application that lets users do quick tasks without switching from one application to another. This will allow owners of Sony Tablet S and Tablet P to open a small calculator, remote control or browser window over a currently open app. However, it’s more likely that the feature will only be available for applications that support it. Sony’s press release shows Small Apps being used with Google Maps, YouTube and web browser.

Last January, Ubergizmo’s Edwin Kee reported that the Android 4.0 update will bring Microsoft Office document compatibility and PlayStation certification on Tablet P. The certification lets users to download PlayStation games on the tablet, just like what they can do with Xperia Play.

Sony Unveils WiFi-only Tablet P

Other than the Ice Cream Sandwich update, Sony also announced that they will release a WiFi-only version of Tablet P. It will go on sale on April 21, and will cost around $600 (50,000 Yen). The WiFi-only model is the same Tablet P that Sony launched in Japan last October 2011, only that it’s cheaper and lacking a 3G radio. Its weight was also decreased to 16 grams, while the microSD card that comes with it was changed from 2GB to 16GB.

The company will also offer the tablet’s interchangeable front and back panels in pink, gold and blue for about $60 (5,000 Yen) each. Whether the Android 4.0 update and Tablet P’s Wi-Fi-only model will reach the US market is yet to be known.

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