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JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has started rolling out an Android update to its flagship Sony Xperia T smartphone.
Sony announced news of the update to Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on its Sony Mobile blog today. It said, "Today, we're excited to tell you about our latest Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.4) firmware update for Xperia T and Xperia TX."
"Starting from this week and rolling out to markets globally*, the release carries a host of new features and functionality."
While a bump from Android 4.0 to 4.0.4 doesn't sound all that exciting, it brings a number of new features to the official James Bond phone seen in the recently released film Skyfall.
Chief amongst these is screen mirroring, which means you can fire your phone's screen to your HD TV while gaming or watching videos, for example, using WiFi Miracast.
The update also quadruples battery life in standby mode on the handset, according to Sony. While it sounds a bit too good to be true, Sony explains, "When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will temporarily be disabled and most applications will become inactive."
HD Voice also comes as part of the Android 4.0.4 update bundle, providing the Sony Xperia T with clearer call quality, and Sony has also added some improvements to its media applications suite.
The update, which is also available for the Sony Xperia TX, started rolling out globally today. Users will be alerted when the Android update is available to download, and it will then be available either as an over the air update or via Sony's PC and Mac OS X software. µ
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