Sony has some interesting plans regarding its smartphone future, but issuing timely Android updates are not part of them. The company has shared more details about its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean roll out, but in case you don’t own one of the recently launched Xperia models you won’t like what we’re about to tell you.
The lists of Jelly Bean-upgradeable Xperia devices includes only the following models:
We don’t have any actual Jelly Bean roll out details for either model, but it looks like the most recent Xperia devices – the Xperia T, TX and V – will be the first to get their Android 4.1 update. That will happen at some point in the first quarter of 2013.
In case you own 2011 Sony Android smartphones, you won’t receive any official Jelly Bean upgrade next year, so you’ll either have to stick it out with Ice Cream Sandwich, or find custom Jelly Bean-based ROMs to install on those Xperia models:
We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.
Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.
We’ll be back with more Jelly Bean upgrade details once Sony starts releasing the update.