Sony have announced, via their blog a few days ago, that they are rolling out Android 4.3 JellyBean to their Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1, followed this week by Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. The update also brings Project Butter and a smoother graphical experience. It doesn’t just update the OS, but also improves many if their own apps, such as:
- Sony’s Smart Social Camera, which “let’s you download, access and enjoy “Xperia camera apps” directly within the viewfinder.”
- Updated their entire app portfolio such as Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID and Sony Select.
- Sony’s Media apps have also updated all their media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies with Sony Entertainment network cloud service integration.
- Battery STAMINA Mode, an update to Sony’s power management app with a refreshed look and smart options to prolong battery life.
- Sony has also increased user control of Restricted Profiles on the Xperia Tablet Z. Options added are that you can create isolated, secure spaces with individual local storage, home screen, widgets and settings.
With this update, Sony has released a new personalisation app called Xperia Themes, which allow you to change the look of your Xperia device with different UI packs. No further details were given by Sony on this addition to the Xperia lineup however, simply saying “more on this soon”
It’s reasonable to expect that roll out will slowly happen over the coming days considering the range of devices involved.
As for their other products, Sony didn’t mention what would be next, but promised:
we’ll be back with more on our Jelly Bean rollout for the remaining Xperia products shortly.
Its possible that the next batch of updates will be either between Christmas and the new year, or, more likely, early next year.