Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for 2012 Xperias starts in mid-Q1 2013, but 2011 Xperias won't get updated
Those three handsets will be the first ones to get the Jelly Bean update in mid-Q1.
Right after them, Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 to the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J. The company is not yet specifying when exactly will those devices get the update, but it’s coming after the first three phones are updated.
Now, the bad news. The 2011 Xperia smartphone lineup is not getting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony has looked into the update and for various reasons has decided that Ice Cream Sandwich is the most those devices can handle. And that really is a pity. Sony has been one of the better companies when it comes to updating phones and transparency about it. It’s transparent about this decision as well, and we can only applaud that, but Jelly Bean seems such an essential update for the smoothness of the Android experience that it is a pity for 2011 Xperias to miss it.
It is what it is, though. How do you feel about this news? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
1. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)
But still my new phone will be Sony.(Sony Xperia Nexus)
52. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
This is too bad for Sony fans and maybe this is the reason why Samsung sells better.
With this news, it means that even Galaxy SII (2011 phone) and maybe Galaxy Ace 2 will get Jelly bean update before all Sony 2012 phones. This is too bad.
61. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
Sony xperia Nexus is Fake O_0 ..OMG ..!!
3. Victor.H (Posts: 462; Member since: 27 May 2011)
We can only guess since Sony hasn't explicitly said anything about it. Going from this, my guess is it - sadly - won't be updated.
44. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
However I have Xperia Go... I think XPERIA U STILL HAVE CHANCES TO GET JB...
where sony mobile representative answered
"Hi, there's no confirmation regarding the Xperia U yet as this model is still being tested. Once we know, we'll make an announcement on our Product Blog - Aimee."
59. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
Maybe they are just testing it's transparent bar along with the Sola's screen. These 2 phones have the same chipsets in the Xperia Go and Xperia P.
19. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
It most likely will, since it runs the same chipset as the xperia go and xperia p
37. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
but because its a lower end phone , sony would not waste their resource to update it . Just like the SGS1 could run ICS nicely , just Samsung dont want to waste their resources updating it which is sad :( Actually same thing with HTC Desire HD
49. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
Well, Sony updated their Xperia mini to ics last year, so...
60. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
well the Mini cost USD70 more at launch compared with U , so ...
4. zeljonsu (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 May 2012)
Another LAME excuse by Sony, how come the Xperia J and go gets Android 4.1 yet my Xperia arc is slightly better than those lucky bastards?!
7. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)
be happy you even got an update to ics. companies like lg are screwing with its customers when it comes to updates. LG australia put out a pdf detailing future updates and most phones would receive ics in Q3. it's now Q4 so consider yourself lucky. besides there's always rooting and custom roms if you want jb (knowing xda, they'll have devs working on jb already)
9. zeljonsu (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 May 2012)
yeah, I'm thinking of switching to CM9/10 but the risk is that I'll lose Mobile Bravia and xLOUD..... :(
10. mrbtree98 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)
i know with my "retired" lg optimus black, you can install bravia engine, beats audio, srs and xloud in one pack and i'm sure the devs will have something like it.
11. hazzik (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
i have CM 9.1 on my xperia pro with Bravia, Xloud, Beats enhancement etc.
24. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
search XDA forums of xperia arc..there are many mods.
My friend has got too(BE,beats)!
25. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
Hey..You should definetely try CM10..
Flashing it feels like a completely new phone(personal experience)
It's very smooth and probably better than the stock rom(though can't assure on that part).
13. flexile (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
Xperia Go is a dual core, so no, just Xperia J.
32. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I agree with you, Jelly Bean can run in ANY device tha can run ICS, as it's not heavier or brings any new feature, just makes performance improvements. So there is no excuse but laziness for not updating ICS devices to JB.
Running JB in my Nexus S, a lot less powerful than the Xperia arc.
(but that's one of the reasons I buy a Nexus)
54. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
yea man you're right they have no reason why they cannot update these phones "quickly" to ICS first, in say, a month or so, and right after update to jelly bean.......Question is, is it us that are rushing things or do they really need to get on the ball? Maybe ICS is good for now for most people and jelly bean should be viewed as a treat.......All in all, this is where the nexus devices come in..... This is for people who simply cant wait for the latest updates.... So heres to sony making the Xperia Nexus X so that feeling of being left out is diminished :)
56. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1058; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I think ICS is quite good if you have at least a dual core with an OK GPU. But for old single core phones JB is a must have, as for the less powerful phones JB is really a bless!
I was thinking about buying a new phone after ICS as it is much heavy than GB and the phone was not working as smoothly as I like... Well JB and the issue was solved.
I may end up buying a new Nexus when they come though... cause waiting another year for the next generation may be too much for me.
8. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 99; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I am a Xperia Arc user and to me this is super unfair. You gave us a bad ICS update full of bugs and errors and now you don’t give us Jelly Bean that is lighter, smoother and much much better than ICS? You don’t deserve your costumers, SONY LIES !!!!!
28. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
I agree with you..
The Sony ICS update was really half baked and full of bugs and lag.
This update process is the only thing I hate about Android. :-(
12. flexile (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
It's a shame that my Xperia Pro won't be updated, but Sony already made a big job updating their entire 2011 devices (except for Play.) to ICS, so it's alright. They kinda did the same with X10 and 2.3 (I don't know of any device that started with 1.6 and ended up with 2.3.3). Besides, I prefer custom ROMS and when the update reaches Xperia J, XDA will port it to the 2011 phones very quick. I just hope Sony updates Xperia P to 4.2 or whatever its the next Android version, since I'm looking forward to buy it.
14. AmitMajumder (Posts: 98; Member since: 21 May 2012)
And many call Sony is better than Samsung??? Huh!! Samsung's 2011 devices can enjoy the taste of Jelly Bean. What does Sony do for it's customers? Nothing... Actually Sony makes devices comparable to Samsung one year later... Yeah that's the truth!!
20. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
The fact that Sony updated all but one single core xperia to ics is something to be bragged about, so don't know what you are getting at?
26. AmitMajumder (Posts: 98; Member since: 21 May 2012)
Ya, Sony brings out single core devices when Samsung is introducing dual cores. Same as when Samsung gets out quad cores they introduce dual cores. That's why their 2011 devices wont get JB while Samsung's device will... Sony is falling far behind in the Tech world. People compare Xperia S to the SGS2. They don't notice that the devices are released almost year apart. If you wanna compare the 2012 Xperia devices, Compare them to Samsung's 2012 devices for a fair competition!!!
30. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
Yes therefore Samsung is in no way better at Sony at updates.
You said and I quote "What does Sony do for it's customers?"
They are delivering updates the best they can because of their HARDWARE limitations.
The fact that Xperia S is compared with GS2 is because they are in the same price bracket. Yes, Xperia S is one year late, but Sony is selling it at the same price as the gs2 with better feature.
Umm, comparing two different products with different price tags are things that you don't do while writing a review. I can compare lets say Vaio Z with top config with a compaq low end. Cause Vaio is going to win because they are priced differently... -_-'
41. hazzik (Posts: 8; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
they updated their xperia 2011 lineup to ICS with full of bugs. nothing to brag about it.
66. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
WTF ? Listen I'm with Xperia S , my father has xperia arc s , yes there was a problem with the 4.0.3 then they upgraded it to 4.0.4 less bugs and lag and then a new vers. of 4.0.4 no bugs and lags ! Now my father's arc S runs smooth and fast WITH NO PROBLEMS l also i installed him an Xperia S launcher and now it works flawlessly ( without rooting,the launcher is non-root , its the official one not theme ) :) so F you !
36. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
User experience and build quality is important and designs of sony are better. Also, higher specs don't always equal better ux. Just saying.
27. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)
The fact that Sony upgraded all the 2011 smartphones is good and true but not updating them to 4.1 which is a contemporary update for devs. isn't good..
15. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
If no JB then I hope they could atlest polish the ICS experience on all 2011 Xperia phones.
16. fly2click (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
what a super joke Sony!! Is this what I waited to hear from you and Is that why i waited so long with my Xperia S even though super shots like S3,Note 2, One X and Optimus G released? what in the world takes so long to update to JB? Its not a whole new system like ICS. Its just has some improvements. Oh Sad, I came from S2 and I am worried if it will get JB before Xperia S. You disappointed me. I am really thinking is this the time to change to a new eco system. Android is so so boring with this senseless update policies. I just updated my IPOD touch 4g to 5.0 and 6.0 without hassle and without delay. You guys need to learn.
17. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
Ha ha I'M THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD WITH MY XPERIA GO...!! Middle finger for Arc,sola & U..!!
21. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
its no matter , my phone is a year old already so im thinking of buying a new one! : )
29. vignesh_viggs (Posts: 34; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)
Excellent attitude ..!!! Thumps up given by me..!!
33. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
Mines is near 2 years old, so upgrade soon anyway. For those people who still have a year left on their contract, use XDA.
XDA is the reason why I chose andriod, the freedom to do whatever you want to your phone! :d
23. zeljonsu (Posts: 13; Member since: 24 May 2012)
I'm gonna get a Nexus device next time. I'm starting to get sick with all these OEM-skinned Android phones, I don't care who gives the best customer service and experience, they're all the same, they'll always ditch a device with their lame excuses.....
34. gmp009 (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
No Need to be worried. i know xda developers can easily port xperia go JElly bean to My LWW!!!
35. nsnk86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
wow!! am eagerly waiting for the update to check out on my xperia S!! :)
67. KaloqnYo (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
me too I want to see the project butter running on my phone :) now with ICS is fast and smooth so I can imagine how blazing fast it will be with JB !
40. drmobileshz (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
only 3 of htc device will get jelly bean and the time is in2013(not announced even),lg is worse than htc in update,samsung will update some of device but i am sure those handset which not get ics will not recive jelly bean or if get they will get in mid 2013,(i am sure only note,s2 ,s3,note 2 and tabs will get and note and s2 will get in 2013),so why u treat like children? i myself not happy to hear these news but think fairly and look to other manufacture list and time then argue with sony. i hope sony launch 4.1 fot T and TX,V and S sooner.just this and not argue with sony
42. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
"Sony has been one of the better companies when it comes to updating phones..."
I do agree with the transparency part...
47. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Yes? I don't see the transparency part at all, perfectly well supported claim...
53. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Sony is pretty clear on NOT supporting their phones on Android version upgrades.
43. adeem134mirza (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
what about xperia sola? will it get JB?
45. XperiaUser (unregistered)
this happens when u launch soo many handsets in a year . and u can't able to devlop software for every different handset ..... that is probably the main reason behind not upgrading to 2011 xperia ,they have no time for old once :(
46. Aaron_R96 (Posts: 198; Member since: 22 Jan 2012)
Still think Sony has probably offered a better Jelly Bean update path than any other manufacturer to date, people shouldn't really expect phones that will soon be ending on 2 year contracts to be supported to be fair, and lets remember Sony is releasing Yuga and Odin in March time with Jelly Bean on!
50. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)
By the time Sony starts seeding JB, Google would have released Key Lime Pie or whatever that s**t is.
I wonder if there ever is going to be an OEM which manufactures phones with latest hardware and software, supports all of its devices for a minimum of 2 years and rolls the updates within two-three months of its release by Google, has a