After what seemed like a never-ending wait, owners of the Xperia ion can finally jump in the air as Sony has begun pushing out the long overdue Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.
Think about this, you bought a flagship Smartphone running on an ageing OS, but didn’t change your decision thanks to great hardware and big promises of software updates by the OEM. Now imagine if every other phone from the $149 devices to other high-end devices launched by the same OEM in the same time frame get a very much wanted software update, and your phone doesn’t get invited to the party? This long paragraph (sorry if I bored you) simply sums up the feelings of Xperia ion users who can now, after several months of waiting, finally enjoy Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on their phones.
The Sony Xperia ion is a great piece of hardware. Launched over a year ago, it competed in performance with the quad-core flagships, but fell short due to a much slower chipset. In most other departments, the phone excelled. One key area where Sony let down users was software, or software updates and support rather. While the rest of the world has moved on to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the Xperia ion finally receives the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. Thankfully, the update is worth it as it brings a ton of new features such as STAMINA mode, new small apps, a redesigned launcher and the usual goodies that come along with Android 4.1 JB.
After the update, your phone’s software version will read 6.2.B.0.211 which is actually an updated build of JB, the same build that is being rolled out to the rest of the 2012 high-end phones now (initially, the other phones had received 6.2.B.0.200). In case you haven’t received the update in your part of the world, simply download the FTF (source link) and use Flashtool to get the job done.