Sony also announced that the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform is set to arrive on Xperia E dual this week, but that the update process is a phased one, and that it would not be completed before the end of this month.
Basically, this means that some Xperia P, Xperia go, and Xperia E dual owners will receive the update only next month.
“The new software brings Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with a number of different and improved Sony features,” Sony announced.
“We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create some cool user experiences.”
The update will arrive on devices with improved flavors of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, the Battery STAMINA Mode, new means to keep things organized on the smartphone, and increased personalization capabilities.
“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,” Sony explains.
Furthermore, there are also enhancements coming from Google themselves, including the Google Now feature, performance improvements courtesy of Project Butter, and the like.
“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,” Sony notes.
Xperia P, Xperia go, and Xperia E dual are only the first Sony smartphones to receive the Jelly Bean upgrade, as more of them are expected to get a taste of it next month, including Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S, the company officially unveiled.
*Availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants