Several Sony Xperia Phones Will Receive Jelly Bean Update In February/March

Sony has just updated it’s blog with the release dates of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update on multiple of its Xperia devices. Sony also states that it will include Xperia-specific features and functionality alongside the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, but those details won’t be unveiled until early 2013.

The breakdown of the release dates are as follows:

Between February and March:

  • Xperia T
  • Xperia TX
  • Xperia V
End of March:
  • Xperia P
  • Xperia J
  • Xperia go
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia SL
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia acro S
Several Xperia devices have been left off the list though. The following devices will not be updated past Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich:
  • Xperia U
  • Xperia miro
  • Xperia tipo
  • Xperia sola

That’s both shocking and depressing for owners of the Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, Xperia sola especially since all of these devices are less than 9 months old.

There are many comments from users expressing their outrage over the devices that won’t be updated. The writer of the blog post, Anthony, responded with,

“Our priority has and always will be, to deliver the best possible smartphone experience – this means accounting for hardware, functionality and stability alongside Android version development.

As we are making the JB upgrade available to a considerable portion of our 2012 portfolio, finding a balance between these elements, means the process takes a little longer than if we had done it only for particular models at the high end.”

He also says,

“The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.”

Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro , Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.”

Hopefully, Sony figures out some way to work things out with those devices. Maybe they can do a watered down version of Jelly Bean. Otherwise, Sony will have a lot of upset customers who might not opt for that new flagship smartphone they’re hoping will claim the smartphone throne in 2013.

Sony Mobile Blog

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