Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for 2012 Xperias starts in mid-Q1 2013, but 2011 Xperias won't get updated

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for 2012 Xperias starts in mid-Q1 2013, but 2011 Xperias won't get updated
Sony’s 2012 Xperia smartphones will start getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the middle of the first quarter of 2013. Sony confirmed its update schedule for its latest devices like the Sony Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V.

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.

source: Sony

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69 Comments

1. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Feel bad. But still my new phone will be Sony.(Sony Xperia Nexus)

52. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 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: Jun 15, 2012

Sony xperia Nexus is Fake O_0 ..OMG ..!!

2. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

what about xperia U?

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1043; Member since: May 27, 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: Jun 15, 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." https://www.facebook.com/sonymobile/posts/10151217909303390

59. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 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: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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: 22; Member since: May 24, 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: Aug 04, 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: 22; Member since: May 24, 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: Aug 04, 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: Aug 20, 2012

i have CM 9.1 on my xperia pro with Bravia, Xloud, Beats enhancement etc.

18. zeljonsu

Posts: 22; Member since: May 24, 2012

Howddya get it?

24. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

search XDA forums of xperia arc..there are many mods. My friend has got too(BE,beats)!

25. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 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: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

Xperia Go is a dual core, so no, just Xperia J.

32. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

5. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well ain't that nice.

6. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

This is very bad :'( :'(

8. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 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: May 19, 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: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 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: 178; Member since: May 21, 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: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 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?

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