Sony has officially announced that Android Jelly Bean will be rolled out to a number of 2012 Xperia smartphones starting this week, bringing them in line with the most current features of the operating system.
A blog post on the Sony Mobile blog confirmed that Android 4.1 will begin rolling out to the Xperia T and the Xperia V this week, and the Xperia TX from next month. Availability and rollout timing for the V may “vary by market and customer variants”.
Android Jelly Bean brings an array of enhancements to the platform, including Google Now, a Siri-style personal voice-guided assistant that displays and updates your queries in a neat card-based interface, and ‘Project Butter’, which basically comprises numerous performance optimisations to make the OS a lot smoother and quicker.
The update also adds a “number of different and improved Sony features”, which include updated versions of the Walkman, Album and Movies apps, increased scope for customisation courtesy of resizable widgets in up to seven home screens and improved camera app that now features a more intuitive viewfinder, an auto scene setting and the option to switch between front and rear cameras with a single tap.
“We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create optimum user experiences,” Sony wrote, adding that the “rollout will continue to ramp up over this month and next”.
As is typically the case, the update will likely hit unlocked versions of the handsets first, with those bought on contract facing a slightly longer wait.
You’ll receive a notification when the update is available for your device. In most cases this will be an over-the-air download. However, in some instances you may need to use the PC Companion software (or Bridge for Mac).