If you're the owner of an Xperia Ion, you've probably been absolutely foaming at the mouth for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. Today, AT&T announced that the update is available for everyone, just hit up Sony's website and download the Sony companion app for Windows or OS X. It does not appear this will roll out as a standard OTA update, so you'll have to download the app to get it.


The update will bring faster mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi speeds, apparently, as well as improvements to Exchange Active Sync. Of course, all the features that come with Android 4.0, like face unlock, will be wrapped up in this there as well. Personally, my favorite is the "not Gingerbread" feature.

AT&T, Sony

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • david

    i am trying to update my phone and all it is saying is that i need to unplug it and hold down the volume down key and plug it in. my battery is at %65. please email me at dg24523@gmail.com

    • Oxpatious

      I'm having the SAME problem! I've tried 5 or more times and it's not working. Any suggestions?

      • help!

        me too! help pleaseee :(

    • roobeyn

      Hi, try to install the right USB-drivers for your Xperia Ion, if it still doesnt work..

      Try to change to another USB input in your PC, still doesnt work...

      Try to change the USB-cable

      Otherwise try to download it and flash it manually with FlashTool, search in XDA

    • Venkatesh Ramasamy

      I too faced the same issue. The Sony PC Companion is not that friendly. Then I downloaded Sony Update Service and installed on my PC. Then opened the application and it asked me to switch the off the phone and connect. I switched off and wait for 30 seconds. then I connected the USB Cable and started holding volume down key. In a few seconds the application recognized the phone and started downloading/installing the Android update. When I try to switch on my phone, it didn't respond. Again I did the same connect cable/volum down/install/update sequence. Now It got updated properly and I restarted my phone. Voila Now Android 4.0.4 on xperia Ion.

      Download the Update Service from http://www.sonymobile.com/us/tools/update-service/

  • mduran1023

    Not Gingerbread is a pretty great feature.

  • siypion

    Whats sad is i want the watch he has on more then that phone...... just saying!

  • http://twitter.com/Micahel_REMY Michael REMY

    on the photo, the man is wearing a strange bracelet or watch. what is it ?

    • Venkatesh Ramasamy

      I think It's a Smart tag which can communicate to the Phone via Near Field Communication (NFC). It's a small chip made by 3M which passes signal to the phone when it comes near by.