Back on the 10th of February I blogged excitedly about the imminent arrival of the Jellybean version of the android operating system (4.1.2) on Xperia phones. For the next few weeks I pressed T-Mobile for some sort of timescale. Their response was unhelpful.
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Great! To be honest I almost began to give up on ever seeing my Xperia-T announcing a system upgrade. Low and behold late one night last week it arrived. As I was on holiday at the time with a creaky signal I debated momentarily whether I should wait until I got home. Of course I did no such thing and clicked to start the download.
Even with a relatively poor signal the 200mb+ download only took around five minutes. Once installed the first thing to look at was Google Now. This was unavailable on the previous Android release and to me seems the main new toy. Other than that things appear relatively similar but I’m sure there is a lot more to this upgrade than Google Now and some customisation of existing screens. However, that information is no doubt covered in great detail on the web so I won’t bore you with any more tech talk!
In short if you are using an Sony Xperia phone and haven’t been upgraded to Jellybean then complain and complain loud to your provider!!
Last week I excitedly blogged that Sony Experia users could shortly expect an upgrade of their Android operating system. Wasn’t sure of the exact timetable but some further digging around the web this Sunday afternoon has uncovered the following:
I could add my own comments but the article from the horses mouth i.e. Sony tells you all you need to know.
Bottom line is you need to wait until your phone says the upgrade is available. I actually tried using the Sony PC Companion software to check for an update but it tells me my phone is already up to date. This implies to me that my mobile provider (T-Mobile) must need to make it available to their customers. At the moment they don’t appear to have done this.
I will keep reading the Sony blog over the next few weeks as well as trying to get more information from T-Mobile. When eventually the upgrade appears on my phone I’ll report back on life in Jelly Bean land. According to the blog post linked to above it sounds like a significant upgrade. Not sure if I can contain my excitement much longer !
This morning my other half switched on her phone to be told that an Android upgrade was about to begin. Her phone was already on Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and the resulting upgrade was moving her Samsung Galaxy S3 to 4.1.2. This led to wonder whether my Sony Xperia T was in line for any sort of Android injection. At the moment I am on Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4. I therefore did a spot of googling for “Android Upgrade” and the first main story which came up was:
As the story says all Xperia T users can expect an imminent upgrade to the Jelly Bean version of Android. Amongst other things this will give us access to is the rather neat looking Goggle Now application. Not exactly sure when the upgrade will arrive but sometime in the next month or so would seem a fair bet. These upgrades seem to be done on a region by region basis and the fact that the Netherlands has the upgrade hopefully means the United Kingdom isn’t far behind.
Until 2011 I’d only ever had “Pay As You Go” deals on my mobiles. However, the evolution of the Smartphone (does that need capitals ?) changed all that. Why should any of us ever be distanced from the one we love the most i.e. the Internet. Well it’s obvious, we shouldn’t, hence time to get with the programme.
Net result was in 2011 I hooked up with T-Mobile and HTC to get a 2 year deal coupling the German’s giants network and the Taiwanese companies Desire HD handset. Have to say it was a happy arrangement. Good phone and unlike seemingly many people out there I didn’t have a single problem with my network provider.
As of 18/01 I was eligible for an upgrade. Sounded exciting and indeed it was. What made it even more fun was that T-Mobile had a sale on. To cut a relatively short story slightly shorter I have moved onto a Sony Xperia T. Contract is better, cost is a little less and the handset was free. In summary I have got an improved phone and plan for less money.
At the moment I am enjoying the new phone. Although I look at it more as a small computer which can make phone calls. Subtle but key difference. My other half also upgraded and is now fidgeting endlessly with her new Samsung Galaxy S3. She seems well pleased.
All in all a successful process and two satisfied customers. Thanks T-Mobile.