The tweet reads, "Rolling from now: JB 4.2 for #XperiaL - custom ops, small apps, latest Sony's media apps & improved camera functions." The update for Xperia L is available via over-the-air (OTA), and also through the PC Companion desktop app.
Sony has also released a changelog for the update (build number 15.3.A.0.26) that reveals the Xperia L will be getting a revamped home screen for handling widgets, apps and shortcuts, and would also get seven desktop panes. Other new features include a new app tray sorting interface that makes it easier to move, add, and create folders for apps; a new search function within the app tray to locate local apps; a UI update; added functionality in the Sony Media apps, and finally, new camera functionalities such as Burst mode.
The Japanese manufacturer has not mentioned a specific timeline for the Sony Xperia L update, though it does mention the timing and availability may vary by market and carrier.
The update will bring the Sony Xperia L up to version Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which means that users hoping for the upgrade to Android 4.3 will be disappointed, as Google is all set to roll out Android 4.4 KitKat.
Lately, Sony has been on a spree when it comes to rolling out updates for some recently, and not so recently, launched Xperia smartphones. The Sony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra received firmware updates recently which claimed to improve battery life. Sony also rolled out an Android 4.2.2 update for the Xperia Tablet Z.
The Sony Xperia L was launched in March this year and ran Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. Other specifications on the Xperia L include a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 dual-core processor, 8GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card, 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 480x854 pixels, and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera that supports 720p HD video recording along with a VGA front-facing shooter. The phone supports NFC functionality and comes with a 1750mAh battery.