Sony Mobile is now rolling out the bug-fixing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware update for Xperia SP with build number 12.1.A.1.201. It delivers enhanced user experience, improved battery life and software performance improvements.
Sony Xperia SP Android 4.3 Bugs
Initially, users of Xperia SP were happy after receiving the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update last February. However, aside from being late, Android 4.3 update delivered several major bugs such as notifications LED light active during a call and app crashes which requires re-installation to fix.
Sony Mobile developed a new firmware which was approved by PTCRB but was not released in March. According to the French network carrier, Android 4.3 with build version 12.1.A.1.192 suffered some delay due to a problem identified by Sony which was meant to fix bugs on Xperia SP.
New Android 4.3 Firmware
Today, Xperia SP owners can now download the latest, bug-fixing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update via Sony PC Companion installed on a Windows computer or Sony Bridge for Mac. It has the build version 12.1.A.1.201 that contains necessary fixes on reported issues, enhancements for user experience, improvements on the battery life, and optimisation of software performance.
It is compatible for Sony Xperia SP models C5302, C5303 and C5306 and currently seeding to various regions worldwide. Unfortunately, there are no noticeable new features on this firmware released by Sony.
Android 4.4 KitKat Pending
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean could be a good offset to the recent news of Android 4.4 KitKat. Few days ago, Sony Mobile team announced at FrAndroid forum ?Sony answers your questions? about the future of Xperia SP.
According to the team, Sony Xperia SP will not receive an Android 4.4 KitKat update even if the smartphone had promising details back in early March. Sony?s official support page for Xperia SP remains the same with status ?under investigation? which means we need to wait for Sony Mobile?s press team to confirm the official termination of another major update.
Sony Xperia SP is eligible for Android 4.4 KitKat until October 2014 and most hardware components are compatible with the firmware. In addition, Sony Mobile only announced the devices included in the upgrade list of Q2 2014 Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plans and hopefully Xperia SP will make an entry for the last two quarters of the year.