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.
Via – Xperia Blog
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
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
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.
A few weeks ago, Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Technical Leader, Jean-Baptiste Queru, decided to conduct an experiment of adding support for the Xperia S in AOSP. This is the first time that efforts are being made to include support for a non-Nexus device in AOSP.
The CyanogenMod team and other developers immediately started helping Jean with in this experiment. Today, Sony is also extending their help to the CM team, JBQ and his experiment by releasing all the closed sourced binaries of the Xperia S to public. In addition to all the binaries (drivers), Sony is also assigning one of its lead software engineers, Björn Andersson, to lead this project from the Japanese company’s side.
According to Sony, thanks to the binaries and the AOSP code, the Xperia S will now be able to boot up to the home screen without any issues. However, this does not mean that the Xperia S can run AOSP Android builds without any issues. The experiment is still in infancy with a lot of work still to be done. There is still no guarantee that the Xperia S will ever get proper support from AOSP and this experiment will be a success, but it is still good to see the whole of the Android community come together and work on this exciting experiment.
Interested developers can download the binaries and get more appropriate information over at the official blog post from Sony.
It has hardly been a week since the Xperia S from Sony hit the shelves in various regions of the world, and reports are already flowing in about issues with the handset. Quite a handful of Xperia S owners are reporting a yellowish tint issue with the LED-backlit display of the handset. The yellowish tint is present at the bottom part of the screen, and is clearly visible under direct sunlight or when displaying content with white background.
Thankfully, Sony, unlike other manufacturers, has come clean on this matter and has decided to service these phones free of cost. Here is the official statement from Sony on this matter -:
Sony Mobile Communications has identified that the display on a limited number of Xperia S smartphones may show a slight yellow tint if exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. This is limited to a small number of units and the cause of this has been corrected. Any consumer observing this slight yellow tint on the display of their Xperia S is welcome to contact their local customer service centre and Sony Mobile Communications will resolve this at no cost to the consumer.
So yeah, if your Xperia S has the yellowish tint issue, just head over to your nearest Sony service center!
Via – Se-nse
Sony’s latest and greatest handset for 2012, the Xperia S, is now the first phone from Sony, and the second phone ever to gain access to the PlayStation Store. For the unknown, the Playstation store provides Sony Xperia owners with access to some classic PlayStation games all specifically optimized for their phone. Until now, the Xperia Play was the only phone with access to the PlayStation store.
To gain access to the PS Store, Xperia S users need to click on the “Let’s Start PS Store” placeholder app on their phone, which will then download the PS Store APK file. Make sure you have enabled the option to install apps from ‘Unknown Sources’ from under Settings-> Applications before installing the downloaded APK file. Once installed, Xperia S owners can enjoy 100+ PS titles on their handsets. The games are a bit costly at £3.99 though.
The rest of the Xperia NXT series of handsets, including the AT&T Xperia ION, Xperia P and U will also get access to the PlayStation Store in the coming weeks or maybe months.
Via – AndroidCentral
Back at CES, Sony announced its first dual-core, HD screen touting Xperia handset – the Xperia S. It is also the first handset to come from the company’s stable, after its split with Ericsson.
While at first glance, the Xperia S looks like any other high-end Android phone in the market right now, except for its 12MP camera, the phone has 2 extremely useful features which the company has not really publicized much – Anti-Stain Shell and Fast Charge Capability.
The Anti-Stain coating will repel dirt from the phone’s body, and will also react to the Sun’s UV rays and help in removing any existing dirt from the phone’s outer body.
The other useful feature on Xperia S is its Fast Charge capability. As its name suggests, 10 minutes of charging time will provide the Xperia S with up to an hour worth of extra battery life. I am sure many Android handset users will appreciate this feature. Sadly, the downside of this technology is that the Xperia S comes with an internal/non-user replaceable battery.
Hopefully, Sony will also provide users with more information about these two excellent and nifty features soon.
Sony, formerly Sony Ericsson, has announced via its Developer blog that the Japanese company is adding GLONASS support to its Xperia line-up of Android smartphones.
For people unfamiliar with GLONASS, it is Russia’s implementation of GPS (Global Positioning System). GLONASS will work in conjunction with GPS and will allow Xperia handsets to connect to 24 additional satellites for better location accuracy and precision.
Sony’s Positioning Specialist, Magnus Persson, states that GLONASS when combined with GPS can improve the location accuracy by nearly 50% in areas with tall buildings like San Francisco. Persson also states that GLONASS will automatically activate itself when the GPS is struggling to get a proper location. Otherwise, it will remain unused and preserve battery life. Xperia handset owners can find detailed information about GLONASS and how it improves the location accuracy on your handset here.
Apart from the upcoming Xperia Ion and Xperia S, quite a few of the current gen Xperia handsets also support GLONASS. This includes the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Ray, Neo, Play, Live With Walkman, and the Active.
All other major Android handset manufacturers have also started adding GLONASS support in their latest high-end smartphones, including the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Apple iPhone 4S. In fact, Samsung has started including a Barometer in its handsets (Galaxy Note) for ultra-quick GPS lock times as well.
Via – The Verge