Sony Xperia SL, Xperia S and Xperia Acro S all getting maintenance update


Sony will be rolling out a maintenance update for Xperia SL, Xperia S and Xperia Acro S users. This will not be a new operating system update, but a system update on Android 4.1 to remove and fix some of the bugs.

The Xperia SL, Xperia S and Xperia Acro S all run on Snapdragon S3 processors and Qualcomm stopped support at Android 4.1. This means Sony has no stable release for Android 4.2 or Android 4.3 in sight and this may be the last update for all three devices.

Here is a rundown of all the maintenance update:

  • Camera
  • addressed an abnormality in the white balance
  • improved the “Quick Launch” button functionality
  • smoothed out (1080p) video recording, minimizing lag
  • Apps and services
  • streamlined Exchange Active Sync, particularly when running an encrypted set-up
  • boosted connection stability for 2G network data
  • ensured preferences on 3rd party apps remain after reboot – not a common problem, but we understand it can be a frustrating one!
  • Battery
  • economised power consumption, and heat dispersion for longer life
  • corrected juice level notifications, especially when running low
  • Hardware and UI
  • introduced a home key long-press to launch Google Now, and a double-press to launch Recent Apps
  • made sure the volume “up” button is fully responsive

The battery life boost and 1080p video recording are two features we are impressed to see on the three devices, we can tell Sony has worked to try and make sure Xperia users get the most out of their phone on contract.


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