The new software brings Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”, along with a number of different and improved Sony features. We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create some cool user experiences – some of the functionality you can look forward to includes:
Newer and even more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
A set of slick, easy-on-the-eye libraries that let you access and share all your snaps, videos and tunes.
Make your battery last longer with Battery STAMINA Mode
Battery STAMINA Mode lets you get the most out of your battery when you need it. Fully customizable, your phone knows when the screen is off and shuts down the draining apps you don’t need, and then instantly starts them up again when the screen is back on.
Organize and search for your apps in a new quicker way
Application tray sorting is that bit breezier – just press and hold on any app – move, add it to your desktop or create a folder within the tray by dropping it on top of another.
We’ve also added a new search function within the application tray that makes it easy to locate your favourite apps.
Personalize your phone even more with your additional panes
A revamped homescreen experience for handling widgets, apps and shortcuts… with up to 7 desktop panes, widgets that auto-resize and actionable notifications, you have complete flexibility to create the interface you want with a few simple touches.
Google Now brings you just the right information at just the right time even before you know you need it
Combining the power of Google search and user profiling, Google Now helps you accomplish daily tasks more efficiently. You can learn more about Google Now here.
In some cases – particularly for Xperia go users – we’ve only made the upgrade accessible via PC Companion or Bridge for Mac due to the size of some software packages, and these users will only receive an in-phone notification if running Ice Cream Sandwich.
We’ve heard your questions and know you guys are keen to hear about updates for Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S – these smartphones are next in line to start receiving Sony’s Android 4.1 software from the end of May.
We’ll bring you the latest info when we can and, as always, you’ll only find the official details right here on the blog.
*Availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants