Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for its mid-range Droids – the Xperia P, U, Sola and go. The update does not bump up the firmware version but includes improvements to Wi-Fi performance, NFC, Camera, Messaging and more. There is also an overall improvement in the performance and stability of these handsets, thanks to the new update.
Owners of the above handsets can install the latest update on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air), or can alternatively use Sony’s PC Companion.
Xperia U, go and Sola owners will automatically be notified about the update being available, if they are already running Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices. If not, then they will have to use Sony’s PC Companion app to update to Ice Cream Sandwich first.
Xperia P owners will get the OTA update depending on their region and carrier’s approval, which might take sometime.
While the Xperia Sola, go and U will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean from Sony, the Xperia P will get the update sometime next year.
Via – Sony Mobile
Earlier this year, Sony launched the mid-range P, U, Go and Sola smartphones. Sadly, all of these devices were shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, as promised, the manufacturer has already released the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Samdwich) update for these devices. Today, Sony is rolling out a new software update for the Xperia P, U, Go and Sola.
Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the latest update does not bring the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. However, it comes with lots of other enhancements, bug fixes and performance tweaks. According to the manufacturer, all Xperia P users will get a notification when the upgrade is ready, but direct availability in the phone may vary across different markets and carriers.
On the other hand, Xperia U, Xperia Go and Xperia Sola users with Android 4.0 will receive a notification in your phone and will be able to download it over-the-air. The latest update brings improvements to: stability, WiFi, tethering/portable hotspot, camera (capture and playback), NFC and Messaging.
If you have not yet upgraded your device to the Android 4.0 OS, then you will need to manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier.
Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for a couple of its 2012 range of Xperia handsets — Xperia U and Sola — that fixes tons of bugs on these devices. The most notable change brought about by the .184 firmware update is the signal disappearing issue fix, which should please all Sola and U owners out there.
The firmware update also fixes some other major bugs like the low in-call earphone volume, poor battery life, touch screen sensitivity, random Wi-Fi disconnections, and random restarts or freezes. There is an improvment in the overall performance of the phone as well.
There are quite a lot of other bugs that the firmware does not fix though, including MTP driver issues and display flickering when auto-brightness is enabled. The full list of bugs that have been fixed and are yet to be fixed can be found here.
Sony will soon start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, and the updates for the Sola and U should follow soon. Hopefully, the ICS update for these devices will not contain these bugs, and will be relatively bug free.
Looking at the amount of bugs the handsets (Sola and U) shipped with, Sony should have had done more testing with the firmware. It is completely unacceptable that a phone be shipped with such serious issues right out of the box, and owners need to wait 2-3 months for any kind of fix.