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But 2011 devices will miss out on official Android 4.1 update

While other manufacturers have been confirming, and even releasing updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sony Mobile has so far remained quiet. This morning the company broke its silence to reveal its official update plans for 2012 Xperia devices.

First to get a taste of Jelly Bean will be the company's three flagship products for late 2012 -- Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V. These devices will be updated in "mid-Q1 2013," Sony says. In addition, Sony confirmed that international versions of the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia Ion, Xperia P, Xperia Go and Xperia J will also get Jelly Bean, though no release timeframe was offered for those phones. There no mention of the U.S.-specific Xperia Ion, or the upcoming Xperia TL, both AT&T handsets. That's not to say these devices won't get Jelly Bean, but it's likely there'll be a longer wait for any eventual update.

There's also bad news for 2011 Xperia owners, however, as Sony confirmed these phones will remain on ICS. The 2011 Xperia line includes devices like the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play and Xperia Neo. These phones will continue to be supported through maintenance updates, Sony said.

Sony promises more updates in the future, as it works towards bringing Jelly Bean to its ever-widening product portfolio.

Mid-Q1 is a long way off, and there's every reason to expect we'll be on Android 4.2 by then. But as we've already covered in excruciating detail, updates are hard, and there's a whole mess of other stuff that goes into the upgrade process, besides copy-pasting a skin on top of the latest open-source Android code.

Anyone just splashed out on a new Xperia T or Xperia TX? Hit the comments and let us know what you think of today's news.

Source: Sony Mobile

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Sony Xperia Jelly Bean updates to begin early 2013


I wont...Sony added to banned list...btw, when was the last time sony made anything half decent, oh thats right, mid 20th effing century

Sorry the updates are hard excuse is not holding water much any more. It is getting way out of hand and the fact that phones are not supported for the life of there contract is 110 percent unacceptable. It starting to get to me that android Central is defending the manufacturers instead of turning up the heat and attacking them on it.

No mention of the Xperia P or U. Those are admitedly slightly lower-end than the new flagships, but they're both dual-core, and totally capiable of Jelly Bean. I wonder what the story is with them...

simple. They are greedy. Chances are 95-99% of the work is already done. This is just an excuse to make people upgraded. Going from ICS to Jelly bean is not a major over haul of the system like Gingerbread to ICS.

Seems like they left out the supposedly low-end Xperia U despite S and P being there and despite the U's similarity to the the P.

I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER SONY PHONE AGAIN!!! Lmao jk, I love Sony smartphones and even if this is not the most exciting news in Sony history its still good news. Up until today Sony keep their mouths shut about any possible upgrade to JB. I'm happy that my Xperia Ion LTE is getting an upgrade to JB even if Sony didn't mention yet. Until then i'm gonna continue using the ICS OS, last time i checked the OS alone doesn't make a good phone.