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:
- 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!
- 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.