Talks have been going on about an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update on Sony phones. After a luring series of teaser talks last month, finally Sony has officially released the latest Android 4.3 update for Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V. This announcement was made just after a similar update for Xperia SP was rolled out in Australia.
This update resembles a lot with the one in Xperia SP but Sony has assured beneficial detailing with this one. Apart from an evident and attractive facelift, the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for the Xperia series will feature plenty of improvements in terms of usability. Besides the sophisticated look, Sony has customized & integrated their in-house apps in the update. The Sony specific goodies consist of updates for apps like Messaging, Smart Connect, Smart Social Camera, Track ID and Sony Select. Certain other additions include downloadable themes like those on Xperia Z series, and newer versions of Sony’s media applications such as the album, WALKMAN and movies. The overall update will also include the developments of Project Butter and the SELinux based security framework.
This update brings in the improved Power Management Hub which has advanced options to sustain the battery life for a prolonged duration – STAMINA mode. Enthusiasts will find this extremely enjoyable even though the practicality of these types of features is always questionable. Hopefully this will be a selling point initially for the company.
If you have not received any notification about this update, it is because as always it is a scaled rollout and might take considerable time to reach every user on the planet. Besides, we can always download the update manually by going to the ‘Settings’ Menu of the device at our will. A few other basic details like the chosen carrier model and region are still unclear.
What draws the interest of the critics is the fact that Sony’s intentions are still vague for the mass to predict, especially with the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat in the market which has already marked its presence through Nexus and Motorola. The million dollar inquisition revolves – How far does Sony intend to carry these Android devices in terms of the OS versions? Users across the globe are still awaiting announcements on an Android 4.4 KitKat for Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V.
As per current reports, the update is rolled out via Sony’s PC companion suite in Malaysia, UK and Australia (Vodafone). To keep a check, we should also remember that Sony has already released Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia tablet Z. Nevertheless it is still good news for users.
Going by the prevailing circumstances, it can be safely declared that things are still under investigation. This is a smart move by the company but it leaves us with doubts such as whether they will continue updating their mobiles or stop it totally.