Sony Xperia S and ion likely to receive Jelly Bean update, we’ll find out when in mid-December

Daniel Bader

December 3, 2012 11:03am


Sony’s Xperia T is the company’s new hotness, and is a huge jump in both hardware and software quality over its predecessors. But the Xperia S and Xperia ion are both relatively new devices, and still pack quite a punch. Considering they share the same last-generation Snapdragon hardware, it seems likely that they’ll eventually see an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean — that is, if Sony deems it important.

According to the company’s Twitter account, we’ll learn the fates of the two former flagships sometime mid-month, and judging from the positive tone of the tweets, the news should be good. We know that the Xperia T will be updated to Jelly Bean in mid-Q1, which is in the range of late January, early February. It would seem likely that the Xperia S and ion update will come afterwards, and we’re betting sometime in the spring.

Neither the Xperia S nor the arc launched with Ice Cream Sandwich, and were updated to the new software in recent months. This put them at a disadvantage over the competition, which at the time predominantly ran newer Android versions. We’ll see for how long Sony can support their 2012 devices but if they don’t, there’s always CyanogenMOD.

Source: Twitter
Via: GSMArena

  • Dan

    Sony is slowly but surely turning back into a company that matters in this space. Moving on from Ericsson was a good move and once the “One Sony” philosophy that their CEO is championing is fully in effect, I suspect we will see the true force of the brand be revitalized. Unlike Samsung, HTC, and even Apple, Sony is vertically integrated (Sony Music, Columbia Pictures, etc.) and positioned to offer content in a way that is not readily available to other players.
    I really enjoy Sony’s designs and, as a key driver of AOSP, I believe they are one iteration away from true relevance in the mobile space. If Sony is awarded the next Nexus phone, they, like LG this year, will be poised for growth, respectability, and mind-share. Personally, I really hope that a Sony Nexus happens; right now all I see are Samsung and Apple commercials and that isn’t ideal for competition or consumers.

  • Sean

    Minor correction but in the last paragraph you talk about the xperia S and arc I think you mean ion

  • SC

    I will be very surprised to see any updates for 2012 devices after Jellybean given their past history though I would like to be wrong.

  • Sean

    SC actually Sony is one of the better OEM’s for updates as they update a boatload of their devices and not just all the high end ones