Sony has announced that a previously promised maintenance update for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, and Xperia Acro S is hitting the internet tubes now. These devices received an Android 4.1 update a while back, but now the OEM is tying up some loose ends with a new Jelly Bean build. It should reach all users soon.


Sony was good enough to include a full changelog, so here's what you can expect:

  • Camera
    • addressed an abnormality in the white balance
    • improved the “Quick Launch” button functionality
    • smoothed out (1080p) video recording, minimizing lag
  • Apps and services
    • streamlined Exchange Active Sync, particularly when running an encrypted set-up
    • boosted connection stability for 2G network data
    • ensured preferences on 3rd party apps remain after reboot – not a common problem, but we understand it can be a frustrating one!
  • Battery
    • economised power consumption, and heat dispersion for longer life
    • corrected juice level notifications, especially when running low
  • Hardware and UI
    • introduced a home key long-press to launch Google Now, and a double-press to launch Recent Apps
    • made sure the volume “up” button is fully responsive

You probably wouldn't get this kind of attention with an older device connected to a carrier, so good on Sony. Sure, it's not 4.3... or 4.2 for that matter. It's still nice to see these devices haven't been left in the dust, though.

[Sony Mobile Blog]

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  • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

    Seeing as Qualcomm didn't release any drivers for the S3 chipset beyond 4.1, we can't expect Sony to do much more beyond that. Well done, Sony. I say this as someone who has the XS and pretty happy with this latest firmware.

  • Herman

    Apparently the Xperia S doesn't get 4.2 or higher because of Qualcomm, or so I've read.

    Still, the update of 4.1 over 4.0 is much more important than 4.2 or 4.3 in my opinion. And knowing Sony they've perfectly ironed out all the bugs. Sure, they could've released a perfect version from the beginning but we'd be waiting half a year extra, as the update to Jelly Bean was already postponed.

    Anyway, I'm a happy Xperia S user. Now I'd just have to get the update myself, but from what I've read it's as good as it gets. It even makes the device perform better if forum posts are to be believed!

  • briankariu

    No ion firmware? no?