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Sony Xperia J gets Jelly Bean update unexpectedly

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Sony Xperia J gets Jelly Bean update unexpectedly
The Sony Xperia J is getting updated to Android 4.1.2. This has not been officially announced by Sony, but users of the device have reported receiving the update OTA. If you haven't, check manually for a software update or you can hook up to Sony Companion using your PC and handset. Normally the announcement of a software update doesn't shock us so much that we could be knocked over by a feather. But one look at the specs of the Sony Xperia J and you will understand.

The Sony Xperia J is getting updated to Android 4.1.2

The Sony Xperia J is getting updated to Android 4.1.2

There is nothing in the screen size, at 4 inches, that is unusual here. The 480 x 854 resolution provides a pixel density of 245ppi. But we are dealing with a phone that has just a single-core 1GHz processor with just 512MB of RAM. Heck, there are phones with those specs that can't even get updated from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich (Hey Motorola, remember the Motorola DROID 3?) and here we are talking about Jelly Bean!

The update for the Sony Xperia J weighs in at 392MB which means that it will use some time to install. Make sure your battery is charged to at least 50% and that you have a strong Wi-Fi signal. And be prepared for the wonders of Android 4.1.2 like Project Butter, Google Now and the enhanced notifications page. It should feel like a brand new phone afterward.

Once you've run Android 4.1.2 on your Sony Xperia J for a while, let us know how smoothly it runs on your phone. Drop us a comment in the box below.

source: TheXperiaBlog via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:29 7

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Now this is unexpedtly Sony is acutally updated their low end device. very nice SONY

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 16:09

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Yea and they forgot XPERIA P. What BS.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 01:09

25. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Remember Xperia S? 2012 Sony Flagship?
WTF are you thinking Sony?
Bring JB to Xperia S ASAP -_-

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 03:07 1

28. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Actually they are working in "Alphabetical" order 9since they lost track of all alphabets that they attached to their phones) ... so J comes before P and that comes before S, SL etc. Whoever gave it to T first did it by mistake

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:29 5

2. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Why not XPERIA ARC S ? :(

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 21:28 1

24. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


My phone always Sony Ericsson and always happy with their service but I think I won't have Sony phone if they treat costumer like this. Arc S will be my last love for SE

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:47 14

3. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


And this is how Sony slaps their own customers in the face. The XJ has worse hardware than any 2011 Xperia handset, yet older devices were given the could shoulder.

The more I hear about this, the more I hate Sony and their bad practices. Don't get me wrong, I do own and actively use my Xperia Mini Pro. It's a great device, but support from it's OEM is just awful. Don't be surprised if Sony's beloved XZ doesn't make it to Android 5.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:44 6

5. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


2011 handsets don't have enough internal memory to support JB, even with ICS you are limited in the number of apps you can install. What's more, two years have passed and I think we can be content.
The real problem IMHO is that they won't upgrade 2012 handsets like U and Sola that are far more powerful than the J, and that S and P users are still waiting.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:12 6

6. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


System memory != User apps/Data memory
It doesn't really matter which Android version you install, the amount of user apps won't be affected.

Also, almost two years old, so what? Ask samsung if that stopped them from upgrading the S2. Sony should admit they're pushing 2011 devices down the trash can, otherwise they're proving their devices are not future proof.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:17 1

7. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Oh, and I forgot, you can move nearly any app on existence to external memory, so user space is a non-issue.

we're not on cupcake anymore.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:58

10. hrtbeat (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 May 2010)


Really pixelado?. I am not able to spot to moving it my external memory card?? :(
not my words : I have seen somewhere else XJ users can easily switch to other better phones just to retain them they have given to XJ and not to many other phones which are capable enough ...

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:39

15. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Yes, you can. App2SD should do the trick, otherwise you might want to move them manually, that's what I do on my XMP.

BTW the Miro and Tipo were even lower end handsets. If sony released JB for the XJ just to prevent users from flocking to another brand, giving it to all three low-end phones would have been the right thing to do.
Now sit back and watch Xperia S owners roll in agony and regret.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 18:08 1

22. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 180; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


dude i got the xperia play and i am running android 4.1.2 with face unlock and ofline voice support what are you talking about not enough memory psh smh

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 19:53

23. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


The Xperia Play cant handle anything above Gingerbread, they said.
It ruins the user experience, they said.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:03 6

4. Samir_Maric (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


i hate sony because of duel core processor phone xperia u and sola not updated to jelly bean but single core processor xperia j got it both are 2012 handsets i dont know why sony do this???

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:43 7

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't forget Xperia Neo L, Tipo and Miro, they are also having single core processors, why the J can have JB but not those three phones?

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:35 5

14. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Oh, right, the Neo L. The phone is basically a 2011 device. I'll be REAAAALLY mad at Sony if they release JB for it.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 01:13 1

26. dil2abu (Posts: 305; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Xperia Tipo is gonna get 4.1..

http://www.themobileindian.com/news/11103_Sony-Xperia-Tipo-to-get-Android-4.1-update-in-a-month

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 01:20 1

27. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


This is a good news for the Tipo owners, and thank you for the link by the way.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 22:27

35. VADroidTS555 (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


If J got JB, then Tipo may also get.
The only difference is 800 MHz CPu, camera and screen size.
So Tipo may get JB, not sure though!

Fingers crossed! (I've Tipo)

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 04:13

30. vignesh_chn (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


JB needs a good GPU! besides Processor and RAM. Sony U has Mali GPU which shares RAM to run graphics apps, This will lead to RAM shortage if it gets JB. Whereas Xperia J has Adreno 200 GPU which does not require RAM memory to be shared. So Single or dual core does not matters here. !! U will never get JB.. sorry.. !!

posted on 11 Mar 2013, 09:40

40. Samir_Maric (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


What about xperia go? Its also has Mali-400 GPU and 512mb RAM but it's got JB why???

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:53

9. Adragon360 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


run pretty smooth...but..its kindda unfair 4 sola...im using xperia j...

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:10 3

11. ryq24 (Posts: 739; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Xperia j was the worst reviewed Sony phone I have ever read and this could be the reason why Sony decided to upgrade this phone first so as to try to solve the lagging problem which was the main complaint of all the reviews I read.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:13

12. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Xperia J
Design- Not Bad
Performance- URGHHH........

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 14:07

16. vignesh_chn (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


See ryq24 you may have read worst reviews all around, but xperia J is a phone that has every feature that a smart phone should have, I agree its configuration are not upto the mark when compared to other sony devices. but it has its unique features too. As a user of this phone I did not notice any lags so far, and yes I do not use powerful apps.. the latest xperia is J released at the end of 2012 that may be the only reason for this update.. So dont just blame xperia J.. its worth for its money..

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:26

19. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


"the latest Xperia is J released at the end of 2012"

Irrelevant. Why would that matter anyway. By saying that you're implying people should always wait for the last Xperia to be released each year (not a good sign for the XZ).

Sony should have planned their update schedule better, putting the former flagships first and low-ends

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:28

20. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


(damn, accidentally hit "post reply")

they should put their former flagships first and low-ends second, that's what sammy does, and would you look at how it worked out for them.

Worth the money? Yeah, nah, congrats on rebuying X10 parts on a 2012 device.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 04:08

29. vignesh_chn (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


You have to blame SONY for not maintaining customer support for older devices, Instead you are blaming xperia J. Nothing has been confirmed yet by sony. For what device you are waiting for to get JB ??

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 08:21

32. pixelado (Posts: 130; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


Huh? I'm not blaming the XJ, I'm just saying it has x10 specs, that's all.

I've been expecting JB to hit the Sola and the Go. My mini pro is officially out of the update cycle so I lost my hopes there :(

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