Sony has been promising a Jelly Bean upgrade to its flagship Xperia T since its release in November, and it seems that the company is now making major strides towards its public release. Although Rogers says the update will arrive in mid-February, Sony is giving users of its unlocked Xperia T handsets a taste of Jelly Bean in order to work out the kinks.
According to a developer blog posted today, the test build is aimed at custom ROM developers who want to experiment with creating downloadable software with a Android 4.1 base. It appears that this release is separate to the public “locked” version, which is ostensibly already in carriers’ testing facilities.
The Xperia T is a great phone, and should find itself significantly better with a dash of Google Now and Project Butter, the main ingredients in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We’re hoping that the public release isn’t delayed again, as carriers have pushed back the upgrade’s original release from early January to mid-February.