Fans have been waiting for the Jelly Bean update to Sony’s last year’s flagship device—the Xperia S—since April 2012. If a tweet on the company’s German Twitter account is anything to go by, the phone will be getting it later this month.
The tweet comes as a response to a user asking the company when the handset will be getting the update, to which the answer, roughly translated, was “we will begin the rollout of Android 4.1 for the Xperia S in late March.” The company however maintains that Xperia S owners will be seeing the update in April. This could mean that the rollout is due to start in late March and most users will get the update by April.
The Xperia S may be getting Jelly Bean soon
We loved the Xperia S' brilliant 720p screen in a 4.3-inch screen size, taking it higher than the Retina Display of the iPhone 4. It has the GLONASS navigation system as well. The camera, although not impressive for indoor shooting, is absolutely brilliant for outdoor shots. They've modified the interface slightly – the music player gets a new look and the apps and the Timescape UI are smooth and easy to use. What's important to note, however, is the fact that the battery life isn't really that impressive. It lasted at maximum, a day, under heavy usage. The build and the finish is extremely brilliant though and Sony's latest flagship is definitely a marked improvement over their previous Xperia phones. More pros and cons have been covered in our full review for the Sony Xperia S.
While it's great that more phones are getting Jelly Bean, the adoption rate for the update still isn't where it needs to be, though it is growing as more and more devices get the update. Recently, we had learned that the adoption rate for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the highest it has ever been, but it is yet to surpass Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean now rule most devices. Both versions of Android together hold more of the market than Gingerbread. Ice Cream Sandwich currently possesses 28.6 percent of the Android pie chart, a one percent decline since last month.
Android 4.1 adoptions have grown from 12.2 percent last month to 14.9 percent this month. Android 4.2, which is currently the latest version of Android, has grown slightly from 1.4 percent to 1.6.
In all, Android 4.0 and up now hold 45.1 percent of the Android pie, narrowly ousting Gingerbread, which still runs on a whopping 44.2 percent of Android phones. The adoption rates of the modern Android versions have definitely been slow, with a lot of budget Android handsets still shipping with Gingerbread, by far the most dependable version of the OS. On the other hand, developers are finding it difficult to develop apps that will work on Gingerbread as they do on ICS and Jelly Bean.
As predicted earlier, Ice Cream Sandwich devices indeed have hit rock-bottom as far as device adoptions go. It’s official: ICS will never hit the 30 percent mark and it only has Google’s improper phasing out to thank for that.
Publish date: March 18, 2013 9:33 am| Modified date: December 19, 2013 10:03 am
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