Ice Cream Sandwich comes to Sony Tablet P

Posted by Mark Raby

The unique dual-sceen Sony Tablet P is getting the Ice Cream Sandwich treatment.

It's becoming less exciting to hear news about devices getting treated to the latest version of Android, version 4.0 also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

As the new platform starts becoming more commonplace, phones and tablets running ICS are less special, but the Tablet P is a bit of a different story.

The tablet has a unique dual-screen display that looks like a Nintendo DS, and as such it no doubt faced more difficulty in getting Ice Cream Sandwich-optimized.

Nevertheless, it is getting the update in selected markets, according to Sony.

Sony's Tablet S began receiving the latest Android update in April and the company is committed to offering more ICS tablets down the road.

Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the biggest updates to Android yet, and includes such features as scanning your face to unlock the phone, a much more robust speech-to-text software program, and an entire platform of data sharing that focuses on Near Field Communication (NFC).

Several other manufacturers have pledged support for the new update, and a bunch of phones currently running an older version of Android.

Ice Cream Sandwich is now powering 4.9% of active Android devices, according to the company's most recently released official statistics.

Google hopes Android 4.0 will be a big reset button on the mobile platform, since it has much stricter hardware guidelines that it hopes will help prevent fragmentation in the future. This is a goal we've heard in previous rollouts of Android, so we'll see if it actually is realized this time.