Now that Jelly Bean Android 4.3 is a face-slapping reality, the question on users’ lips is inevitably: “What about me?”
Well, if your lips are of the Sony-kissing variety, the Japanese manufacturer has an answer. Basically, it’s good news if your Xperia has a Z in its title. Oh, and not forgetting the Sony Xperia SP.
Sony was quick to follow the official Android 4.3 reveal with a statement about its plans for the latest version, by way of a blog post.
Some guy called Ant says: “Yesterday you probably saw Google announce the next version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) – we’re already getting stuck in and can confirm we’ll make 4.3 available for: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra.”
If your phone isn’t on the list, don’t worry. Ant adds: “We’re also looking at uplifting some of our other devices running 4.1 direct to 4.3.”
On the subject of updates, Sony concedes that the rollout of Jelly Bean Android 4.1 for 2012 Xperia devices wasn’t “as succinct or as timely as you might’ve expected”, but offers an explanation in the form of this frankly colossal article on Developer World.
Fredrik Ekstrand, Head of Software Product Management at Sony Mobile, yells: “Since the ICS days, we have improved our cooperation with Google. Even though we haven’t seen the new Android 4.3 source code until it’s publicly released, we now get some information from Google about what areas will be updated before the public push through the PDK.
“The PDK was introduced by Google to help us and other manufacturers speed up the upgrade process. This means that we can plan our software upgrade projects more in advance, as we know roughly what parts of the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) we need to update.”
Interesting stuff. I wonder if we’ll see an impact on the Android Developers distribution figures in future. It took Jelly Bean almost one year to surpass Gingerbread as the dominant version of Android, and even then only by a few percent-o-points.