Sony Xperia J Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

It is raining Jelly Beans! If the Jelly Bean update for the AT&T One XL, the original RAZR MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD was not enough, Sony has started rolling out the update for its mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia J.

The Xperia J sports a single-core Cortex-A5 processor from Qualcomm, an Adreno 200 GPU and 512MB of RAM. While the specs are nothing to boast about, Sony thinks they are enough to run Jelly Bean in all its Project Butter goodness on the handset. Other Jelly Bean goodness like Google Now, enhanced notification bar and speech-to-text are also present, along with improved stability and performance.

The update is slowly being rolled out by Sony all over the world, so might take some time before it becomes available in your region. You can update the handset either via OTA or by using Sony’s PC Companion application on your desktop.

It is quite ironic that Sony is rolling out the Jelly Bean update first for its mid-range to lower-end handsets, and not for its previous year first-half flagship handset, the Xperia S/SL. This update schedule will definitely not go down with current Xperia S owners, and potential Xperia Z buyers.

Sony Xperia Z Launched In India For Rs.38,990

Earlier this year, Sony introduced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. Today, the Japanese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this powerful handset in India. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode which improves the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off.

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Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Z comes with a price-tag of Rs.38,990 (approx. $710) in India. This handset will go on sale from March 12, 2013. Vodafone subscribers will get 8 GB of free 3G data for 2 month with this handset. The manufacturer also offers ‘Sony Jive Music’ which allows you to download and stream music from the Sony Music catalog for 6 months.

Sony Xperia Z Goes On Sale In The UK

Sony Xperia Z is the company’s flagship device. This stunning handset was announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. Apart from its powerful specs, the Xperia Z is also a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display.

The Sony Xperia Z was expected to launch on March 1, 2013 in the UK. However, the device went on sale one day earlier at major retailers and wireless carriers. You can get the carrier locked Xperia Z on contract from Three, O2 and Orange. On the other hand, the unlocked Xperia Z can be purchased from Phones 4U, Expansys, Clove and Unlocked Mobiles. The complete specs of this handset is posted below.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three, said,
“We’re extremely pleased to offer the Xperia Z coupled with our highly competitive price plans and no surprise out of bundle data charges. This premium smartphone brings you the ultimate internet experience all on our Ultrafast network”.

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Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Phones 4U is selling this handset for £489.95 while other retailers are selling this device for around £520. If you are not willing to pay that much upfront, you can easily get the Xperia Z from Three UK for £34 a month with an upfront cost of £69 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan. It is also available for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £69 on The One Plan.

Sony Xperia E Gets An Experimental Firefox OS ROM

In a surprising move and showing its support for the Firefox OS, Sony has released an experimental Firefox OS build for one of its budget-oriented Jelly Bean running handset – the Xperia E. Firefox OS is based on the fully open web standards, and was seen running on a number of low to mid-range devices announced at MWC. The Xperia E specifications matches closely to all those Firefox OS running handset, which made it a clear candidate for the experimental ROM.

Sony clearly states that the ROM is experimental in nature and only for developers and advanced users. The company has turned off the mobile radio, which means that it is not possible to make calls, use mobile data or even use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Other deal breakers include an unstable SD card functionality, and an uncalibrated touch screen. If you are interested in flashing Firefox OS on your Xperia E, you will need to unlock its bootloader first, which will void your handset’s warranty.

If all the above issues are not a deal breaker for you, head over to Sony’s official announcement post for the download link and instructions.

Sony Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

An Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based firmware has leaked for the Xperia S, thanks to XDA recognized developer – DooMLoRD. The leaked firmware gives a sneak peek into what all new features and changes the official Android 4.1.2 update will be bringing to the handset.

Xperia S users who have already flashed the ROM on their handset report that the update brings about a noticeable improvement in the performance and smoothness of the handset. Sony has also updated nearly all the pre-installed apps including their suite of media applications to the latest version as seen on the Xperia T. Other new features include Google Now, small apps as seen on the Xperia Z, enhanced Camera app, extended Standby mode, and new themes.

One of the key changes that the JellyBean update will bring is a new 3.4.x based linux kernel for the Xperia S. This should bring about some considerable improvement in performance, stability and battery life.

The leaked firmware is still in alpha stages and crashes often, along with some screen flickering issues. If you are planning to flash the leaked Jelly Bean firmware on your Xperia S, keep in mind that you won’t be able to make calls as the functionality is not present in the firmware.

The official update for the Xperia S is still a couple of months away. The leaked firmware does make the wait exciting and worth it since Sony will be adding tons of new features with the update.

Via – XDA

Sony Xperia T Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Sony has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T in certain regions of the world. The company had promised to roll out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in early-2013, and has been somewhat successful in keeping its word by releasing the update as soon as February started.

The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T brings with it some UI modifications, improved performance and stability thanks to Project Butter, a new baseband/modem, and the other Jelly Bean goodness like enhanced notification bar, improved speech-to-text recognition with the ability to work without a data connection and more.

Besides some UI changes, Sony has also updated its media suite of applications, a new launcher, some new audio related features, enhanced camera app with more features such as Burst mode and a totally revamped lock screen among other things.

The update is available via OTA as well as via Sony’s PC Companion software in certain regions of the world. The FTF file of the update is also available for download, so that advance users can manually flash the update on their phone.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony Announces ‘my Xperia’ Remote Security Service for Xperia Smartphones

Sony is working on rolling out its own security service called ‘my Xperia’ for its Xperia range of Android smartphones. The new service will be similar to the remote security features offered by Samsung Dive and HTC Sense.

Sony’s my Xperia service will be capable of:

  • Locating your Xperia smartphone remotely, and placing it on a map. If the device can’t be located immediately, you have the option to be notified at your associated Google account once it has been located.
  • You can sound an alarm if the device is misplaced.
  • You can lock your device remotely and display a custom message on the screen.
  • You can specify a contact phone number where the finder can get in touch with you.
  • You can perform a remote wipe to delete data stored in the internal memory as well as the memory card.
  • You will receive confirmation in your Google account once your device has been locked or wiped.

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The my Xperia service will be available globally in the second quarter of this year. However, a pilot program will be started in Nordic countries in a phased manner over the coming weeks. The pilot program will start with the Xperia Acro S, and new devices will be added later. Users selected to participate in the pilot program will receive a notification in their handset.

While ‘my Xperia’ is rather limited when compared with what some of the other alternatives like Avast can do, it’s a welcome initiative. I only hope that Sony will aggressively push it to ensure that most new users install the service. I have seen too many people waking up to the needs of remote security apps only after their device has been stolen.

Sony Releases An Alpha Jelly Bean ROM For Xperia T

The Sony Xperia T is slated to receive the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update sometime in the first quarter of this year. For the impatient and advanced developers, Sony has released an alpha Jelly Bean custom ROM for the Xperia T. Sony had earlier released an alpha Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for its 2011 line-up of Xperia devices.

The Japanese company is also releasing the open source archive along with the Jelly Bean ROM for the Xperia T. Since this ROM is in alpha, it only has limited functionality, and is squarely aimed at advanced developers to taste some of the new Jelly Bean features on the Xperia T.

The custom ROM from Sony does not include the new Jelly Bean UI look and feel, along with all the usual Google apps including Play Store. Wi-Fi, FM Radio, NFC, Bluetooth and even the modem is also turned off. This means that there is no way for users to make any phone calls via their T after they flash this custom ROM on their handset.

To flash the custom ROM, you are required to unlock the bootloader of Xperia T and then use Sony’s official flash tool. Head over to Sony’s developer website for the announcement, steps and the download links.

If you are tired of waiting for the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T, fret not. Sony says that the update is coming really soon, and there is no need for normal users to unlock their handset and install this Jelly Bean custom ROM.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z Unveiled; Sports A Quad-Core Processor, 10.1-inch 1920*1200 Screen Inside A 6.9mm Body

Sony today announced its next-generation tablet in Japan, the Xperia Tablet Z, that has made some appearances on the Internet over the last one month. The 10.1-inch screen of the Tablet Z has a resolution of 1920*1200 and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU.

Other key specs of the Xperia Tablet Z include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage space, a microSD card slot, GPS with A-GPS, Mobile Bravia Engine 2, 8.1MP Exmor R camera at the back, 1.9MP front-facing camera, NFC, 3G/LTE connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, and a bunch of sensors all inside an amazingly thin 6.9mm body.

While the specs of the Xperia Tablet Z are definitely impressive, the measly 6000mAh battery is something to be worried about. Hopefully, Sony has tweaked the Z to squeeze the maximum potential from the 6000mAh battery. The Xperia Tablet Z borrows similar design cues and build materials from its smartphone sibling, the Xperia Z. The device will be running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean when released, but will be updated to Android 4.2 soon after.

Xperia S Jelly Bean Firmware Update Details And Screenshots Leak

The Xperia S was Sony’s first half flagship for 2012. The handset launched with Gingerbread on-board, and was later on updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While the handset was not particularly stellar, it did find its fair share of fanboys and lovers. Sony aims to update the Xperia S to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean sometime in April-May of 2013.

While the company has not announced as to what all changes the Jelly Bean update will bring for the handset, an XDA developer – DooMLoRD – has revealed some information as to what the update will bring along with some screenshots.

Firstly, the update will bring in a linux kernel v3.4.xx which should bring with it some low-level performance and security enhancements. Visually, the lock screen will be updated to the one currently seen on the Xperia T running Jelly Bean. Other enhancements include one-touch screen mirroring over HDMI, Find My Xperia, Power Management and much more.

The usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter, enhanced notification bar, Google Now and others should also help in breathing a new life to the Xperia S when the update lands.

Via – Xperia S