Could some Xperia Jelly Bean updates arrive before the end of the year?

by XB on 22nd October 2012

in Android, Firmware

Last week Sony Mobile confirmed that the new Xperia T/TX/V handsets would get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by mid Q1 2013. Sony made no mention on when the rest of the 2012 Xperia line-up would see the updates, apart from confirming that most of the range would see the update at some point. Now take the following with a massive pinch of salt, but techenclave is reporting that a number of 2012 Sony Xperia handsets will see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launch this year.

techenclave says that the “information comes from our sources within Sony Mobile Communications (and a 3rd party in between, trusted source),” we’re not entirely sure what the bracketed part means? Anyway, the site claims that the Xperia S, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will receive the update by the end of October/early November.

They go on to say that the Xperia U and Xperia sola will also receive the JB update, this is despite the phones not being included in the initial Sony Mobile post. However, Sony did confirm in the comments section that it was “still evaluating potential upgrades for Xperia sola/Xperia U smartphones and will be back with more information shortly.” So if you own either phone we wouldn’t give up hope yet. techenclave says that the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola will receive the JB update by early December.

Whilst the site claims to have some inside track on the Android Xperia launch schedule, we find it hard to believe. For example, if the news is true, why would Sony Mobile reveal the JB timeline for the Xperia T/TX/V (February 2013), but leave out the others which are meant to launch earlier? If the JB launch for these phones is imminent, then surely Sony would have greater clarity on timing?

Plus, there is every possibility that new firmware would have popped up on the PTCRB website if an update was to release in the next fortnight for the Xperia S, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S . Now we know, the PTCRB isn’t bullet-proof and that sometimes firmware doesn’t appear on the site until much later, but it does have a pretty good track record for most updates.

Whilst we’d love to believe that this report is true, we don’t see it personally. We have covered the Sony Xperia Android programme since day one and Sony has never announced a later date for some phones and pleasantly surprised with an earlier date for other phones down the line. We’d love to be proved wrong, but if the JB launch date really was imminent, Sony would shout it from the rooftops, rather than get the bad PR they did. Sony has kept quiet on timing for the Xperia S and other phones so don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting to see it this year.

Via techenclave.

Thanks Aaron, Dacha and Tuan!

  • XperiaBlog

    We saw this earlier. It would be great if it was JB, but if so, why wouldn’t Sony wait a week to publish its post on the JB schedule. Doesn’t make any sense on a PR basis. Time will tell.

  • christo

    We hope Xperia Sola & U get JB,

  • AnP

    This is good news but not entirely. They definitely should speed up the release dates to T/TX, V too. Of all their phones this year, T/TX have or will be their best. So they need to prioritize them too. Feb 2013 is a lot of delay for all the flagships. I think they’re concentrating on the next flagships whilst ignoring the present. Hope the updates come sooner than expected.

  • Le Vu Tien
  • Robert Marcano

    With all the rumours about multiple devices (some fake, some we don’t know yet), the Google IO announcement of giving access to manufacturers to Android next release code in the form of a “developer kit” before the general release (instead of only one OEM making the next Nexus device), Sony not saying anything about some devices and the end of October date, I wish we get faster updates, and with that I mean that hopefully the next week Android event will show the new Nexus and some devices from Sony (and others) being updated to 4.2 the same day Google update the Nexus line.

    I can wish!!!!!

  • 2011 Xperia phones got ICS before 2012, so I think Xperia S P and ION will get it before T V TX and J

  • ProWeirdo

    I hope Sony will skip JB and work on Key Lime Pie since we will see it soon.

  • Ivo
  • ville

    Anyone knows if Xperia S will get 4.2?

  • Sami

    are you serious?

  • pixlas

    Please understand. SONY does not make Android. Sony does not have the key lime pie code. Thus can’t work with it

  • Marek Dvo?ák

    still dont know why JB should take so long to release, when it is only improved ICS.. this must be just matter of few weeks.

    Sony should reliaze if make hundrets phones per year or make only 5-6 phones per year and focus on making latest updates to their phones.

    not wondering that sony loses behind competition if they release 10 same phones with the specs. and older OS…

  • Miguel Amaral

    My xperia U didn’t even recieved the ICS and they are already talking about JB for it…….i wish!!

  • boosook

    Dream on, dream on… the only true news is probably that they will be forced to update even the U and the Sola after the reactions to their lie (that they weren’t updating them due to hardware limitations, when the J has inferior specs….), but I don’t think we will see JB before the stated release date.

  • me too :(

    but let’s hope :)

  • lets hope better

  • sonyinsider

    its not, its the Xperia Face-Off event. i played with it today

  • xperialover

    i dont “make believe” to any of this word which was said in this article, sony haven’t convincing me yet no trust in their timing!!!!!

  • Hyouchi

    This anounce was just a “Hey, you can buy our new Xperias, because this is the date of upgrade”. And about the oldest getting JB first, it’s obvious. The software team worked on the JB firmwares for the already avaible phones while the engineering finished the new ones.

  • paul4id

    They may have new code after the Google event next week.

  • jxPerience


  • DJMashup

    Frankly Sony suck. I love my Ray but the fact they have realeased so many utter wank phones and ditched phones they promised support to for at least 18 months has just made me lose all respect for them. I don’t give a shiny shite whether people should be grateful Sony even updated 2011 devices, the fact is they gave their word devices would be supported and so far I’ve had 2 versions of ICS and both were basic to say the least, not to mention the fact they didn’t fix the LED bug, still haven’t fixed and now probably never will!!

    If any1 from Sony sees this I hope you realise just how many people feel the way I do and I hope you realise that in the space of about 6 months I’ve gone from being a Sony fan and someone who decided he would buy Sony phones from now on, to someone who is 100% sure I won’t buy Sony again … I’m just grateful to the devs on XDA because without them my Ray would truly suck if left upto Sony !!

  • Yeppiii !!! Early December 2012 , Sony Xperia Go get up to date Android JellyBean 4.1

  • Thank you very much sony.

  • I am tired. Android multiple updates and we always hope we upgraded our cell phones …. Within one year 3 updates. Could Google update our phones with the necessary files and leave only the customizations for companies, this is my dream =] I think my next phone will not be an Android but a WP8.

  • Avery Navas

    that would be so awesome… ive got my hopes up…

  • I would be extremely shocked if the Ion and other 2012 handsets get JB before years end considering how long it took for them to get ICS. But hey, if it happens, awesome!

  • Sagar

    Pathetic updates, Sony very slow with the updates part. I got the Xperia S hoping to get timely updates since it was a flagship product and thought Sony was very good with updates as they updated the 2011 phones with ICS, but now I see the Samsung Galaxy SII will get the Jelly Bean update prior to my SXS. What a shame! Forget about the updates part, the announcement was so late which pissed me off.

  • Oh yay my Acro S! :D

  • park

    will sony xperia s get vanilla jelly bean from the next update which is scheduled on october end?

  • thok

    Alhamdulillah, there is a Jelly Bean’s hope for Xperia U and Sola.

  • its definitely a great thing if the Sola gets JB, but before 2012 ends.. That makes me laugh!

  • ali

    We hope Xperia Sola & U get JB

  • ali

    very very very much for Update JB for Xperia U

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