Xperia Z update to bring camera improvements

News Dean Quinn 16:45, 17 May 2013

Sony releases firmware update that promises wealth of functionality tweaks

Sony has released a new firmware update for the Xperia Z that brings with it a wealth of improvements for the Japanese manufacturer's flagship device.

Announced on Tuesday via Sony Xperia France's official Twitter account, the update is based on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and includes enhancements to the imaging capabilities of the device and other key areas of functionality.

The Xperia Z camera's Auto Mode feature is the most notable beneficiary of the update as Sony is said to have tweaked the algorithm to ensure shots taken are subjected to the same processing as those captured using Burst Mode. Load times for the camera app have also been streamlined and white balance settings have been recalibrated.

Additionally, a host of system performance improvement are enabled by the firmware patch including a more fluid Xperia Launcher as well as the implementation of a new keyboard skin and notification LED on/off toggle. The update also sees some widgets redesigned, changes made to soft keys and the navigation bar, plus the addition of a world clock widget.

Whilst there has been no official communications regarding the roll-out from Sony Mobile Europe, the software is reportedly available now as an over-the-air update in most European territories.

When users actually receive the patch will more than likely depend on network operators but we expect some official word on this soon. Check back with Know Your Mobile for more information as and when we get it.

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