With Sony’s latest Xperia Tablet stealing the spotlight from the Tablet S, the company has decided to give a little love to last year’s flagship slate by rolling out a new over-the-air update for U.S. users, bringing the device’s software up to par with Sony’s latest and greatest.
While the upgrade isn’t bringing the tasty treats of Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” with it, the changelog is pretty massive, offering Tablet S owners a selection of enhancments, such as new apps for media management.
Perhaps the most notable of the changes is Guest Mode, a feature that allows users to easily share their tablet with family and friends, meaning they can create custom modes for different people using the slate. The program also allows for a parental control of sorts, letting users restrict or grant access to specific apps.
The Android 4.0.3 update also brings new additions to the IR app, permitting users to add six programmable macro keys, which brings the ability to turn on and control multiple devices, such as TV sets and Blu-Ray Disc players, at once.
Owners should see improvements to several apps, including the Remote Control and the media player, with the latter having been redesigned to offer several new helpful functions.
The Social Feed Reader Cloud has been revamped as Socialife, while the Small Apps feature has been enhanced to provide much more liberty for the user, creating a floating app window that offers access to multiple features. A new program guide, Watch Now illustrates what shows are on via illustrations and relies on user preferences to place more emphasis on what Tablet S owners are likely to watch.
While the update will bring a slew of new features with it, users should be aware that it will also remove some things, including the DLNA app, the Throw feature from the Gallery, and widgets from the Video and Music apps, though these can be accessed again after the upgrade through the new WALKMAN, Album, and Movie applications.
Sony Tablet S owners can download the new system by going to Settings > About tablet > System update, but be sure to have at least 75% battery life before continuing.