Sony outlines upgrade schedule for newer Xperia smartphones

Daniel Bader

December 17, 2012 7:38pm

Sony has narrowed down when it expects to release Jelly Bean updates for the 2012 line of Xperia smartphones. While the information will no doubt disappoint those users looking forward to some Jelly Bean goodness for the new year, at least now we know more or less when we should feel hopeful.

First, Sony will update its flagship Xperia T in “February or March,” which leads us to believe unlocked devices will begin receiving Android 4.1 in late February, with carrier-locked models following in the weeks thereafter. The Xperia go, which is available in Canada on Fido, will be up next, coming at the end of March or early April.

For those legacy device owners of the Xperia ion or Xperia S, Jelly Bean updates will be forthcoming in April or May. The Xperia U, which was released in June on Fido, will not be upgraded past Android 4.0.4 — disappointing but ultimately expected news from the entry-level device.

Hopefully Sony is delaying the upgrades so it can skip over Android 4.1 and bring us Android 4.2 straight away, but we won’t know for sure until after the new year.

Check out all the details at the Sony Mobile Blog.

Source: Sony Mobile
Via: Android Police

  • Sean

    I must say I am really impressed with Sony. When ICS was coming out they were releasing beta builds for devices. And with JB they are saying we plan on having it out in this month not “First quarter 2013” Also I am glad to see updates fr the Ion and S as those are still pretty awesome devices

  • Gurnblansten

    Why one should never buy Sony. S3 has 4.1.1 now will see 4.2 by February ans might, just might get one final full upgrade after they release S4. Pathetic and always behind a full release.

    • seroevo

      What exactly is so bad about ICE or so good about JB that not having it by now is “pathetic” and makes having a phone without for a couple more months a bad purchase decision?

      To fanboys it seems like every new version makes any previous version horrible. If it was so good 6 months ago why is it “pathetic” now?

      Besides, despite all the changes in JB, it seems I still can’t assign specific tones to contacts for text messages, or create custom vibrate patterns and assign to specific contacts. The two features I miss most from my iPhone.

  • SC

    Get a sony if you want to be left in the dust in updates

  • Thomas

    How about an update to allow unlocking of the bootloaders on the carrier-subsidized models?

    Due to 4.1 and 4.2 continuing to use the same framework as 4.0 (i.e. hardware acceleration blobs), it’s relatively easy to cook up a custom CyanogenMod 10 or AOKP ROM using source code (which Sony does a good job of supplying). However it’s impossible to load such a ROM with a locked bootloader.

  • Osama

    ya i need to unlock the bootloader so i can root my phone and get rid of these stupid ads.