Jelly Bean

For those Xperia fans waiting on Jelly Bean, Sony has now shed some light on their update plans going forward. The first wave of Jelly Bean updates will finally start sometime in February or March of 2013 with the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V.

After Sony finishes with the first three devices the company will release updates for the Xperia Go, Xperia J and Xperia P sometime after March. We also now have confirmation that the Xperia Acros S, Xperia Ion, Xperia S and Xperia SL will also get in on the Jelly Bean action but not until a little after the second wave ends. No exact target month was mentioned by Sony.

Not surprisingly, quite a few handsets are now officially being left behind as well. The Xperia Miro, Sola, Tip and Xperia U will all stick with Android 4.0. Considering many of these devices aren’t very old, this is more than a little disappointing.

While not everyone agrees, buying a Sony smartphone can certainly be a frustrating experience. Why is that? Although Sony has excellent designs and build quality, Android upgrades are a very big sore point.

Sure, they aren’t the only company that finds itself behind on these sorts of updates but more often than not, Sony users are left waiting for the newest version of Android long after many other brands like Samsung have since moved forward.

Still, if you don’t care about having the latest version of Android officially supported by your smartphone, there is a lot to like about Sony’s Xperia line. This is especially true for gamers that want a Sony device that is Playstation Certified.

For those Xperia owners out there, what do you think about Sony’s new update plans for Jelly Bean?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • I actually called it before I read the article. That was the reason I stopped buying Sony phones. They just want you to buy the phone and give them the sale and then they would simply just not support it so that you would have to another handset. I would think that Sony would have seen that as their weak point but I guess everyone still buys the new phone so no harm is done. I thought there was some google thing 2 years back to prevent this?

  • Joachim Nilsson

    Simple solution: give us the specs, the code, and everything. Simply make great hardware and let us take care of the software for you … OK? OK.

  • Sony should stop to launch the whole alphabet in phone models… And keep some focus to develop something really great!


    S, U, V, P, T, J, E, E Dual, SL, SX, TX, TL, Miro, Sola, Ion, Tipo, Tipo Dual, Go, GX, SX, Neo L, Advanced…

    22 model or variants in ONE year!

    Impossible to keep so many devices in the mind of the costumers, and maintain so many support teams.

  • alamatpaul

    Xperia U not getting jelly bean, considering it’s quite new with hardware to boot. one less xperia fan right here :( i’m switching. goodbye sony

  • Fervid Vervet

    Jelly what? My Sola hasn’t even got ICS yet, and I’m starting to suspect that it never will. Lovely phones, but definitely not the ones to go for if you ever want your OS upgraded. Hopefully by the time I start caring about getting off GB, there’ll be a CyanogenMod for it.

  • lapp

    Xperia U is popular enough to justify a 4.2 cyagen ROM. Anyway, my wife didnt upgrade her Xperia U to ICS, it runs so smooth and nice on Gingerbread anyway

  • martin clinton

    My Xperia Ray still hasn’t got an official ICS update, due to the way they only release things for certain SI numbers…In the end I flashed it myself….so even though Sony say it will start in March, YOUR model may take much longer (or ever!) before the update arrives….I’ve since moved over to a Nexus and now a nexus 4.

  • murugesankandavelan

    It is sad to note that Jellybean 4.1.1. is not to be updated to Experia U. It is very frustrating to hear that the recently updated ICS to Experia U is to be done through a computer with a specific featured Computer, which cannot be expected to be possessed by all those who are having the above mobile phone.

  • Soumel Jalota

    Oh come on Sony!!! Why not support the phones with jellybean that were launched in 2012???