Sony Xperia J gets Jelly Bean update unexpectedly

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.

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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Xperia J
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1750 mAh(7.3h 3G talk time)



1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

21. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yea and they forgot XPERIA P. What BS.

25. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

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

28. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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


Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

Why not XPERIA ARC S ? :(

24. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 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

3. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

6. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

7. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

10. hrtbeat

Posts: 2; Member since: May 10, 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 ...

15. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

22. crazymonkey05

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 20, 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

23. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

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

4. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 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???

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

14. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

26. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

35. VADroidTS555

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 07, 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)

30. vignesh_chn

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 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.. !!

40. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

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

9. Adragon360

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

11. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

16. vignesh_chn

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 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..

19. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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

20. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

29. vignesh_chn

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 08, 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 ??

32. pixelado

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 16, 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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