Sony and AT&T have started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia TL. The Xperia TL is the AT&T variant of the Xperia T with only some exterior differences distinguishing them.
The Android 4.1.2 update for the TL will bring with it quite a lot of new features including an updated suite of Media applications from Sony, an enhanced Camera application with HDR functionality, UI improvements, and all the Google related Jelly Bean enhancements like an Google Now, an enhanced notification bar, improved voice-to-text and Project Butter.
Xperia T owners who are already enjoying Jelly Bean update on their handset report an increase in battery life and camera picture quality. Xperia TL owners should also see similar results post the Android 4.1.2 update.
Sony and AT&T are rolling out the update via OTA, so it can take up to a couple of weeks for the update to hit your phone.
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.
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 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.
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 just announced its latest additions to the Xperia line-up of handsets here at IFA in Berlin, the Xperia T, along with the Xperia V and Xperia J.
The Xperia T is Sony’s new flagship handset and comes with a 4.6-inch 720p HD display and uses the company’s Mobile BRAVIA engine to deliver stunning image quality. At the back of the Xperia T packs is a mammoth 13MP camera aided by an LED flash, with zero-shutter lag and sleep to snap feature. The handset will also come with a dedicated camera shutter button so as to please all the camera fanatics out there. Sony has also made intelligent use of NFC to provide one-touch connectivity among its devices.
While Sony did not announce the internal specifications of the Xperia T, the handset is presumably powered by Qualcomm’s dual-core S4 Krait processor, and packs an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. The handset will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box, and the UI will especially lay emphasis on Sony’s pre-installed media applications. The handset will comes with Sony’s Music Unlimited service which Xperia owners can enjoy for free for up to 60 days.
The Xperia T will be available before the end of this year in most regions of the world. Oh! The Xperia T is also the official 007 phone and has been stylishly used in the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall.