Sony sprinkles Android 4.1 onto Xperia smartphones

The Jelly Bean flavor of Android is on its way to the Xperia T and Xperia V, with the Xperia TX to follow next month.

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Sony's Xperia T is getting a shot of Android 4.1.
Sony's Xperia T is getting a shot of Android 4.1. CBS Interactive

Owners of Sony's Xperia T and Xperia V can expect a dose of Android 4.1 sometime soon.

Sony said yesterday that it's begun deploying Jelly Bean to its initial batch of Xperia smartphones. The Xperia T and Xperia V are first on the list, while the Xperia TX is due sometime in March. The rollout will continue to ramp up over this month and next, Sony added.

Xperia owners will receive a notification when the update is available for the model of phone they have. Most users will be able to download the software over the air. But some may have to install it through their computers using Sony's PC Companion or Bridge for Mac software.

In December, Sony revealed its Android 4.1 update schedule for early 2013. The Xperia J, Xperia P, and Xperia Go are slated for Jelly Bean in late March, with the Xperia S, SL, Xperia Acro S, and Xperia Ion sometime after that.

The new update includes Android 4.1 Jelly Bean along with Sony's own lineup of new and improved features. Meshing its Xperia software with Android 4.1, the company promises a host of enhancements.

The Walkman, Album, and Movies apps have been tweaked to be more intuitive. Users will be able to customize their screens with widgets that automatically resize. Sorting apps in the tray should also prove easier.

A new search function within the tray helps people find their apps. And the camera has been beefed up with a better viewfinder and a quicker way to switch between front and back.

Xperia users can check Sony's update page to see if and when Jelly Bean is ready to spill onto their phones.