How to Update Xperia U, Xperia Sola & Xperia Go Official Android 4.0 ICS Firmware

Almost 80 % of the Android smart phones have been upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as scheduled by top brands like Sony, Samsung, HTC and LG. Samsung, HTC and LG didn’t had too many device for the upgrade and they did it easily as they already released Android 4.0 powered smart phones pre installed since this year starting. The problem with Sony was that even though Android 4.0 was released and available it didn’t powered with Android 4.0 instead included Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. Now that has resulted in many of device by Sony added to the list of device for Android ICS update.Sony Xperia ICS update

Almost all the Sony powered devices have been upgraded to Android ICS but few of them like Xperia U, Xperia Sola and Xperia Go were left over. Finally today, Sony has rolled out updates for these devices bringing out the latest and the best features. The process for updating your device to Ice Cream Sandwich is pretty easy. Over this tutorial we will go through instructions on how you can apply this update. These device will soon be update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the coming days as no timeline has been provided by the OEM. Anyways we are sure that the custom firmware based on the Jelly Bean will be released in the coming days.

The Android 4.0 ICS brings in a new life to Xperia Go, Xperia Sola and Xperia U. This roll out will be continued over the next few weeks in the market globally to finally reach all the countries where these devices are available as these updates are right now available in European countries only.

Improvements & Enhancements

Since Android 4.0 ICS is known to bring the new features including new lock screen, improved functionalities, improved browser, extended standby mode, Recent apps button, Walkman, Album and Movie apps been added. The following the improvements and new features included in the update –

  • Brings in the new Walkman app replacing the music player app on your device allowing users to share music
  • The Album has improved and lets you view, comment and share photos on Facebook.
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control on the mobile data usage
  • Enhanced email app with auto completion of text and includes other functionalists such as quick response to email and search across folders and sub folders
  • The camera has improved with time lapse video and includes the snapshot recording while video recording is going on
  • Upgraded voice input engine to allow continuous dictation

There are some good news for the Xperia Sola as well as it includes special updates which includes the new feature called Glove Mode. Glove Mode is the extension of floating touch technology which allows the phone to use in the cold whilst wearing gloves.

While you are ready for the update, you should be prepared to take the backup of your device by any method you follow. Either backup using the apps individually for SMS, Call Logs and move content in the phone memory to SD card. And you should ensure that you have more than 50 % battery life left on your device. So once you are ready with these proceed with updating your device. Follow the instructions mentioned in the video here to backup and restore your device

7 Comments
  1. Reply Sandesh Kharve September 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Dear All,

    If you want an upgrade for your phone kindly update if from your handsets website. As of now no official update for ICS is announced for xperia U. However if you update from anyother website it may have chances to damage your phone permanently. Also if you get an official update kindly note that Android Xperia U does not meet the hardware requirements for ICS android jellybean 4.) update. If you update will not be able to install android 2.0 again.

  2. Reply sigit setiawan November 4, 2012 at 5:16 am

    I want upgrade

  3. Reply Varun October 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Please Tell Us How to MANUALLY Install Official ICS in Sony Xperia U (ST25i) in INDIA????
    SI – 1261-6383 ……… Thanks In Advance

  4. Reply Ananth September 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Plz dont give wrong information to people on the net just for the sake of getting more traffic into your websites… sonymobile.com itself says that there is no ICS updates for Xperia U as of now :) Thanks TC :) The last update was on August 1st, 2012

    http://www.sonymobile.com/in/software/phones/xperia-u/ – this is FYI

    • Reply Shivam Srivastava September 30, 2012 at 12:01 am

      Thanks !!!

  5. Reply Shivam Srivastava September 29, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Hello There,

    I am using xperia u and i am not able to update it.
    Whenever i try to fallow above instructions, It gives me message “Your phone is already updated !”
    Please help me..!

    • Reply Pradeep Neela September 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      we will come up with the same

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