Sony Tablet S gets Android 4.0 while more rumors of Android 5.0 surface

by Kristen Nicole

Last month we learned of Sony’s plans to update their Tablet S with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and today the update is available for users to download. It appears Sony’s pushing out a staggered roll-out for the ICS update, so all Tablet S users may not get it at the same time.

The manufacturer’s also released a video on YouTube (embedded below) demonstrating the new features that come with the ICS update, including an enhanced lock screen that allows direct access to notifications, and the ability to swipe to dismiss them. You can also unlock directly to the camera app, which has received an upgraded panoramic mode. The gallery media viewer has also been improved with direct access to SD card files and photo editing tools.

Other new features include the ability to run “small apps,” which opens some apps in a smaller window for multitasking. The Tablet S home screen boasts some new actions, like dragging apps together to create a folder and the ability to rename it as you see fit. The browser has been updated as well, with a native screenshot function and an option to save web pages for offline viewing.

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus the first to get Android 5.0 Jelly Bean?

While Sony’s busy playing catch up with Android’s latest OS version, Samsung may be leaping the competition with plans for the first Android 5.0 Jelly Bean device. Jelly Bean is rumored to be launching later this year, and a recent crash log reference for a mysterious Galaxy Nexus software profile called ‘takju’ may be the code name Google assigned to Jelly Bean. And if you want an idea of what Jelly Bean might offer, you can check out the GSM version of the unlocked Galaxy Nexus Google’s currently selling in the Google Play Store, under the new devices tab. It seems the only difference between the unlocked Nexus from Google Play and the test Jelly Bean Nexus is support for Google Wallet. Should Google roll out Jelly Bean anytime soon, the unlocked Nexus is likely to be the first to receive the upgrade.

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