Sony Mobile today announced that it would start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go and E dual from this week. The roll out is being done is phased stages, so it might not be available immediately in your country.
The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update brings in addition to all the Google enhancements like Google Now, enhanced speech-to-text and notification bar, several new additions from Sony including an updated suite of Media applications. Sony has included a new Battery Stamina mode as seen on the Xperia Z. When enabled, this mode will automatically disable mobile data when the screen of the device is turned off to preserve battery life.
Other changes include an enhanced app drawer/launcher and Camera app and minor UI updates.
While Xperia P and E dual users will be able to update their phone to Jelly Bean over-the-air, Xperia go users will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update on their phone. They will only receive a notification on their phone when the update is available in their region.
Sony Mobile’s official Twitter account today tweeted that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go, S, SL and arco S are in the final stages of testing, and that the company will release more information next week.
Sony had initially promised to update its 2012 range of selected Xperia handsets to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean by early-April. What is appalling is that while Sony has managed to update some of its lower-end Xperia devices to Jelly Bean, its 2012 flagship handset – the Xperia S – is still running a bug ridden Android 4.0.4 firmware.
The official tweet from Sony is as follows -:
Just a quick update to say we hear you re: JB 4.1 for Xperia P & Go, (S, SL, acro S and ion). Work’s in v. final stage – more news next week
Since Sony has mentioned the name of the Xperia S, SL, acro S and ion in parenthesis, it might very well be possible that the updates for these phones won’t be available immediately.
While Sony is still struggling to update its 2012 flagship devices to Jelly Bean, Samsung not only updated its 2012 flagship – the Galaxy S3 – to Jelly Bean, but also updated its 2011 flagship – the Galaxy S2 – to Android 4.1.2.
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.
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 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.
We already have some idea about the phones in Sony’s 2013 Xperia lineup, now details have emerged about what they are going to be called.
The C660X, which was until now known by its codename ‘Yuga‘, is rumored to be the Xperia Z. According to a source on XDA, the Xperia Z will be both water and dust resistant with IP57 certification. It will also sport a 5” 1080p display with OptiContrast technology, which will reduce reflection and glare under sunlight.
Odin, which is the other powerhouse that Sony will be releasing next year, will probably be launched as the Xperia X. It will be identical to the Xperia Z in terms of specifications with a 5” full HD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chipset, and 13 megapixel camera. However, it will sport a different design.
There are also rumors that the Xperia Z and the Xperia X might be announced in China on January 15 at a price point similar to that of Xperia T. Even if that doesn’t turn out to be true, the phones will almost surely make an appearance at next year’s CES and MWC.
Sony Xperia T owners, if any, want a sneak peek for the Jelly Bean update that is coming sometime next year for your device? Sony Viet has managed to get their hands on a video that shows a development Android 4.1.2 firmware from Sony running on the Xperia T.
The Android 4.1.2 update for Xperia T will bring with it quite a lot of new changes including all the features that Google added in Jelly Bean. This includes Project Butter for a buttery-smooth UI experience, expandable notifications in the notification bar, minor UI updates and more. Sony has also added some of its own customizations including a new launcher, enhanced lock screen, a ‘ClearAudio+’ mode for better audio quality, a new Albums app, improved Camera app, improved battery life and other minor software goodies.
Below is the video showing Android 4.1.2 in action on the Xperia T -:
One of the most important under-the-hood changes is that the kernel version gets bumped to v3.4 with the Jelly Bean update. Only the Nexus 4 runs on the latest version of linux kernel for mobile devices.
Sony should start rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in January next year. Until then, Xperia T owners need to satisfy their hunger for Jelly Bean with the above YouTube video.
Sony today provided Xperia owners an update on its Jelly Bean roll-out plans. First in line to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update from Sony will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V sometime in February or March.
The Xperia P, J and go are next in line and will get the update by the end of March. In the following weeks, the Xperia S, SL, Ion and acro S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Sony also confirmed that it will not be bringing Jelly Bean to its budget-oriented handsets including Xperia U, miro, tipo and Sola.
By the time Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and other devices, Samsung and HTC would have already rolled out Android 4.2 to the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and the One X.
I am not sure what Sony is doing here, but if it takes you more than 7-8 months to roll-out an Android OS update for your devices, something is definitely wrong.
Sony has been supporting the Android community a lot recently by providing them with binary/blobs, free devices and more. This has made them a favorite among the Android community. However, until and unless Sony does something about its ridiculously slow Android updates roll-out times, the company will have a hard time surviving in the mobile industry with fierce competition.
2012 hasn’t exactly turned out to be a great year for Sony Mobile. The Japanese manufacturer has been struggling to simply keep up with the competition. Months after HTC and Samsung released its flagships, Sony is yet to release anything that can compete in pure specs as well as performance. However, 2013 is shaping up to be a much more impressive year for Sony.
Several smartphones from Sony’s 2013 lineup have already been leaked. Odin (C650X) and Yuga (C660X) are likely to be the Sony flagships for next year. While we don’t know much about Odin, last month, we got our first look at Yuga. Now, Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-Review has managed to get his hands on Yuga. As previously reported, the phone boasts of a 5” full HD (1080p) LCD dispay, and is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro. Elder was impressed with what he saw, and termed the powerful processor and the large display as a “fabulous combination”. However, he also noted that the device tends to get “warm as a stove”.
Another new device, which currently goes by the codename HuaShan (C5303X) wasspotted on AnTuTu. HuaShan will probably be a budget device sporting a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU. The other two Sony Mobile smartphones that we know of are unnamed devices bearing the code numbers C150X and C160X. They will be entry level offerings powered by a 1.0GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A chipset with Adreno 200 graphics.
Sony has started rolling out a new software update for its brand new flagship handsets – the Xperia T and Xperia TX. The update brings a bunch of new features to the handsets and enhancements including extended standby mode, screen mirroring, enhanced media applications and more.
Screen Mirroring lets you experience the full Xperia T/TX interface wirelessly on your TV** – get the bigger picture as you share photos, videos, games, maps, emails and music.
Extended standby mode
Extended standby mode increases the standby time by up to 4 times. When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will temporarily be disabled and most applications will become inactive. Core functions such as calling and messaging will work as normal; you will still be able to receive calls, messages and notifications. Once you touch the screen to wake the device up from standby all functions are back to normal!
Sony’s media applications
The upgrade also brings new improvements to Sony’s media applications – we continue to evolve our applications to make your experience of enjoying and sharing content more personalised and effortless.
Movies app now let’s you run the show from the dashboard with a small viewing window, controls and film gallery.
“WALKMAN” app’s interface is more dynamic, with changing colours to reflect the track’s album art.
Album app utilises Mobile BRAVIA Engine with even higher contrast, depth and sharpness in photos and videos. You can also make full use of SenseME Slideshows, delivering a tailored presentation matching music to your image’s ambience.
Xperia T supports HD Voice, the most significant voice quality upgrade in mobile history; transmitting a broader spectrum of the human voice resulting in a more natural sound filtering out distracting background noise. It’s now easier to recognize voices, and to hear and understand what the person at the other end is saying, even in noisy environments.
The HD voice feature is only available where it is supported by the carriers. Keep in mind that if you own a carrier-branded Xperia T then the update will be only available to your handset, once it has been approved by your carrier, which can take sometime.
Sony will roll-out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T and other Xperia handsets by early next year.
Sony has been pretty active this year, releasing new handsets every few weeks. Some might argue that Sony would perhaps be better served by focusing on releasing a handful of stellar performers, rather than confusing customers with dozens of different choices. However, Sony’s strategy of moving fast is definitely more preferable over its previous habit of mostly sitting and watching. It appears to be finally capable of releasing smartphones with both hardware and software that are current generation. The Japanese giant’s hard work seems to be paying off as reports suggest that Sony is now selling more devices in Europe than Nokia and Research in Motion. Of course, that isn’t really saying much, but it’s still progress.
2013 will hopefully see Sony continue its march in the right direction. While Sony has understandably been tight lipped about its next-gen devices, proof has emerged of the existence of at least three devices belonging to the 2013 lineup. The first device, which goes by the codename ‘Odin’ and sports a model number C650X, will be next year’s flagship. Unfortunately, the only thing that we know about the device at the moment is that it is running Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.1).
The other two devices that have been spotted are C150X and C160X. A Nenamark2 benchmark for the C160X suggests that the handset will be an entry level offering powered by a 1.0GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A chipset with Adreno 200 graphics. It will most likely feature a small display (less than 4 inch) with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. No info is currently available for the C150X, but the model number suggests that it will possibly be an even cheaper variant of the C160X.