Sony issued a press release today on its official website (JP) informing customers about an upcoming firmware upgrade to the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system for Tablet P and S products. The update will be available in late April.
Aside from upgrading to the latest OS the new update focuses on media functionality on both tablets like the ability to take photos directly from the locked screen, a new way of editing photos in the Gallery app, and the feature to take panoramic photographs.
Another interesting feature is the addition of “Small Apps.” With them, users will be able to fire up a small calculator, remote control, or browser window on top of the currently running app. Although this sounds like it will only be available for apps that support the feature, Sony’s press release shows it being used with YouTube, Google Maps, and the web browser.
Other interesting features are the Small Apps and BD recorder application. Small Apps allows users to run in smaller window apps like web browser, calculator, remote control and other apps for multi-tasking performance, while BD recorder application replaces you’re multimedia in your house allowing broadcast and record of 720p HD videos, an alternative to watch your favorite TV programs anytime whether you’re in the kitchen, bathroom or in the bedroom without the need of a TV.
Sony will also launch a WiFi-only (no 3G radios) version of its dual-screen Tablet P on April 21st, for the price of ¥50,000 (about USD $600).