Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean update is now live

Sony has confirmed via Twitter that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Sony Xperia S has finally begun rolling out:

 

Xperia S Jelly Bean Update

This will bring a marked improvement for users thanks to Project Butter, which is part of Android Jelly Bean and makes a huge difference to how smoothly a handset runs.

The 4.1 Jelly Bean update is also rolling out for the Xperia SL and the Acro S. Once the update is available for your device, you’ll receive a prompt to download it over the air. However, you can manually by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates.

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Sony confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Xperia T, Xperia S and most other 2012 Xperias, coming 2013.

Sony has confirmed via its product blog that the majority of its 2012 Xperia line-up will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first updates will begin rolling out in Q1 2013.

The first to get the upgrade will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V, with Sony approximating a rollout beginning ‘mid Q1 2013’.

The other handsets that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean are: Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia go and Xperia J. A timeframe has not yet been provided, but given the updates for the T and other devices is scheduled for mid-Q1, a reasonable expectation for the other devices would be early to mid Q2.

Sony has also confirmed that its 2011 range will not be updated to Jelly Bean:

We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.

Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.

We’ll let you know as soon as any of the Jelly Bean updates are rolling out.

Via Eurodroid

Sony Xperia S gets AOSP support, could mean Nexus-like updates

News has emerged this morning that Google has started a ‘bleeding edge’ experiment with the Sony Xperia S to see if it can fully integrate the phone with its ASOP (Android Open Source Project) plans. This could mean that the Xperia S (and possibly other Xperia devices later on) gets direct firmware updates in a similar fashion to Nexus devices.

Google’s Jean-Baptiste Queru announced the news and confirmed that they chose Sony’s current flagship as a means to reward it for its work with the developer community:

For a new challenge, I’d like to try to go one step further, and to target some hardware beyond the usual categories. I’ve added a git project for the Sony LT26, i.e. Xperia S. This seems like a good target: it’s a powerful current GSM device, with an unlockable bootloader, from a manufacturer that has always been very friendly to AOSP

At the moment the move is just an experiment, as Queru explains here, but it could offer some interesting developments for the Android platform, and Xperia devices in particular, in the near future.

Check out our Sony Xperia S unboxing video here:

 

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Sony Xperia–Quick Specification Comparison–Xperia S v P v U

How do 3 Sony Xperia devices compare?

There are many Sony Xperia devices on the market and even for us, it can sometimes become difficult to remember all the differences.

If you want to know what the main differences are between the Sony Xperia U, P & S well check out the quick comparison table below.

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Sony Xperia P ICS update coming early August?

Sony Xperia P could be getting Ice Cream Sandwich next month

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Good news for Sony Xperia P owners – it looks as though the handset could be getting its upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as early as next month.

Sony has already rolled out ICS to several of its 2011 Xperia devices and the Xperia S, so the Xperia P is next in line for the update. The screenshot below, as picked up by XperiaBlog, is from the Italian Sony Mobile Facebook Page, so that doesn’t necessarily mean that UK handsets will get the update at the same time, but if not it shouldn’t be too much later.

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Sony Xperia S–Android 4.0 Update

It has taken a little while to arrive but Android version 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for the Sony Xperia S.

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Sony Xperia’s Compared–Xperia S v P v U

A video that compares the Sony Xperia S against the P and U, the two lower end handsets in the Xperia range.

Sony Xperia P now in stock at Clove

The third addition to the 2012 Xperia range is now available

We now have the Sony Xperia P in stock at Clove Technology, priced at £275 (£330 inc.VAT) and will ship outstanding orders tomorrow. We now have both the Xperia P black and Xperia P silver available.

Following the release of the Xperia U earlier this week, the P is nestled between the flagship Xperia S and budget Xperia U in Sony’s NXT series. Check out its features and our unboxing video after the cut.

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Sony Xperia U is compatible with the Sony LiveDock

LiveDock gives you USB hosting on the Xperia U

We’re pleased to confirm that the Sony Xperia U is compatible with the Sony LiveDock. This means that you can connect USB accessories to your Xperia U, such as USB memory sticks, USB mouse/keyboard and USB games controllers.

Sony Xperia U USB hosting

More photos after the cut

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Xperia S ICS update due end of Q2

The Sony Xperia S Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now estimated to arrive in the “latter part of Q2”, which means that will probably see it towards the end of June. Recently news emerged that the update may arrive slightly sooner, although a Sony customer service rep has nobly confessed that this was thanks to a mix up on his behalf. Xperia Blog does point out that users shouldn’t let themselves get too hot and bothered about the ‘late Q2’ release date as this is the schedule that was originally announced for the update.

Xperia S Android 4.0 update

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