Sony Xperia S, SL, and acro S firmware updated with improved camera, longer battery life

August 26, 2013
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Sony has just announced a new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for a trio of its Xperia smartphones. Rolling out to owners of the Xperia S, Xperia SL, and the Xperia acro S is a new firmware update that brings in fixes and improvements in many parts of the system.

Sony unveiled the Xperia S early last year, which was its newest flagship back then and was followed by two variants. As a recap of features, the Xperia S has a 4.3-inch HD display and runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 CPU with 1 GB of RAM and a 12.1 megapixel camera. A few months later, Sony outed the Xperia acro S, which is basically the Xperia S but with dust and water-proof features. And finally, the Xperia SL was announced around August last year with basically the same hardware as the Xperia S except for a boosted processor which runs at 1.7 GHz instead.

This new firmware update follows one that Sony released a few days ago and addresses issues that were reported then. The update fixes an abnormality in the white balance of the camera and fixed 1080p video recording. It improved power consumption and heat dissipation in order to prolong battery life. It also added some new features, including the ability to launch Google Now with a long press of the home key.

The new update will be rolled out over the air with no options for a manual download. Sony reminds that, though the update has been released, it might take some time to reach owners depending on market and carrier availability.

SOURCE: Sony


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  • arfeen

    I have Xperia SL, and its camera has stopped working after the upgrade to jellybean