Maintenance update rolling out for Xperia SL, Xperia S and Xperia Acro S

by: Andrew GrushAugust 26, 2013


Owners of the Sony Xperia S, Xperia SL and Xperia Acro S have a little something to look forward to: a new Android 4.1 firmware update is rolling out now! To be fair, owners of these three handsets already have Android 4.1, so what’s so special here? The new update fixes quite a few bugs and promises overall improved performance.

Some of the highlights for this update include improvements that should extend battery life, smoothed out 1080p video recording and better 2G network stability.

Here’s the full change-log of what to expect when the upgrade makes its way to your handset:

  • 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

While nothing here is super-exciting or lifechanging, it’s still a more than welcome update. Sure, an upgrade to Android 4.2 or newer would have be nice, but beggars can’t be choosers.

For those that have managed to get their hands on the new maintenance update, what do you think? Can you notice any immediate improvements?

  • Lucho

    Qualcomm stopped supporting their Snapdragon S3 processors and below for Android 4.2+, that’s the reason why the Xperia S won’t ever get stable 4.2 Jelly Bean and is left stuck at 4.1. Happened the same to the S3 versions of the HTC One S.

    • Mo

      Reason why I’m currently thinking of selling my galaxy s3….

      • doni

        Galaxy s3 will get android 4.3 the 4.2 will be skiped

    • Valtheus

      Where’s my Galaxy S3 mini 4.3 update? Aggrrr!

    • I pretty sure none of the One S got Android 4.2. Qualcomm S4 versions included.

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  • Dean

    UPDATE: 6.2.B.1.96

    Have just downloaded the update in Bahrain, Camera lagging issue has definitely been addressed. There is lag on the screen when taking the video but the none in the actual playback. Playback is as smooth as butter as it was in ICS. This was my major gripe.

    Quick Launch is def quicker than before, very noticeable. cant say if purple tint has gone, need to look more closely.

    cant comment of 2g/3g problem. Was experiencing it before. will have to get it activated again in order to update on this. Had big issues with the previous update. which is why I haven’t got data on this. It was that bad. hopefully fixed now.

    Double tap of home button works as recent apps and long press for google search.

    Cant comment on battery life has just updated.

    All working very smoothly I have to say. Thus far, seems to be a pretty polished update.

    I’m also noticing more free RAM available.

    have been waiting for this update for a very long time. So far, it appears as if it was worth the wait.

    no issues to report as of yet.

    • DQ

      Agree with this comment… though I hate the decision to make the Recent Apps accessible by double tap… it should have remained the way it was and assign google search to a tap n hold Menu key… or something…

  • Dean

    I’m referring to a Sony Xperia S by the way