Sony has long been praised for their rectangular-squared designs and their gimmick features which are often categorized as fantastic but behind the illusion lies a totally different face of Sony. I’m obviously referring to their catastrophic update schemes – Sony is undoubtedly one of the worst Android manufacturer when it comes down to Android software updates. They sure can give users periodical firmware updates which fixes some minor bugs here and there but they are often slow on major Android updates. This discrepancy can be attributed to the wild number of Sony flagship devices launched per year, 2012 alone saw 4 flagship handsets from Sony.
Let’s just take the example of the Xperia S, it hasn’t yet received any post-ICS update so far. Compare that to the Samsung Galaxy SII and you’ll pretty much see tons of updates issues. From Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich without forgetting the two flavors of Jelly Bean.
Sony is nevertheless not forgetting users who bought the Xperia TX – The handset will of course receive the first Jelly Bean flavor, it’s obviously an already-dated software upgrade but that’s just the kind of software support that you’d expect from Sony.
The update is rolling out today itself.
The update brings those devices close to the experience level of the Xperia Z without forgetting the Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Here’s Sony’s official changelog:
– Updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
– Increased options for personalization
– Improved app organization and search
– Improved camera functionality
You’ll find a detailed explanation of each here.
So far there has been no words on the update for the Xperia S or Xperia P but we’ll update when it comes in, stay tuned in the meantime!