First screenshot of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for Xperia Z

by XB on 19th February 2013

in Android, Firmware, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

What you can see below is the first screenshot of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Sony Xperia Z (C6603). It was sent to us by an anonymous tipster with some of the baseband and kernel details understandably masked. It shows us that the Android 4.2.2 JB update will have firmware version 11.1.A.1.450. However, we are told this is a beta version, so expect the firmware version number to be in the form of 11.1.A.X.XXX by the time it is released.

It uses a new 3.6 kernel, compared to 3.4 kernel of the old Android 4.1.2 firmware. Best of all, we are told that the official release for this Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean firmware will take place at the end of March in Europe. Obviously none of this is official information so take it with a pinch of salt, but if Sony does manage to upgrade the Xperia Z a month after release many customers will be very happy indeed.

Thanks AnoX!

  • e.d

    good job Sony
    but please release it as soon as possible.

  • AnP

    This is a great development, if indeed it’s true! And I really hope the previous flagships like T, S and Ion don’t get left out or ignored. The 4.1.2 update on my Xperia T has been very good. Sony, please do keep us, your true fans in mind and release this update asap :)

  • reptile64

    Good news everyone!! That’s the Sony mobile that will rule the smartphones market!

  • MoHiT

    Great News…I Love To See The Pop Up Of 4.2 Jellybean Update For My Xperia S ;-)

  • lovebmw

    Wow, let’s be honest:
    1- fastest xperia to be released after announcement by months xperia z
    2- least pointless amount of phones by Sony is 2013
    3- updates for the new phones releases are almost only a month away.
    4- NO stupid new phone announcements before the z is released.
    5- powerful processors, beauty, battery, creativity and release dates (well this one still needs tuning)

    What’s going on Sony? You are listening to our demands or something? I am impressed, not used to that.

  • Jan

    This looks good.

    Better to be relased quickly than out-of-date. Time manner sony

  • M.d.

    If Sony does manage to fix all the bugs for 2011 Xperias after almost eight months of inaction many customers will be very happy too!

    For many many months now, the notification-LED of my Xperia arc S is not working anymore…

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  • M.d.

    I hope you remember what happened to 2010 and 2011 Xperias!?

    After releasing new devices, Sony refused to support all these smartphones with further updates or even simple bug fixes. Don’t expect to much from Sony Mobile…

  • Xtar

    Agree. In short:
    1) fast release
    2) fast update
    3) less amounts of phones (especially before flagship phones)
    4) Best flagship phones in current market
    Be better! Sony!

  • If the source is correct, that 4.4.2 is released at the end of March, then that would pretty much eliminate every single reason to go for a Nexus.
    I’ll be getting this phone on release!

  • lovebmw

    They did, but were limited to hardware and stopped there… but I do remember it took forever… from 1.6 to 2.2 took like 7 months

  • saif

    sony has really pulled its socks.

  • pavel

    GUYS,help me please!)Who know where i can get apk. files for messaging and phone from android 4.0 for TX or T??Thank you!

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  • I don’t think so it will be updated. They just updated the kernel version to 3.4(JB) and now they would be again updated? Not so sure.

  • MoHiT

    Xperia S Is The Flagship Of 2012..If There Is No Issue Of Compatibility With Hardware…Then It Could Be Happen ;-) (Finger Cross)

  • jag

    try to repair your phone by pc companion

  • jag

    wow!! hope this one would be released quick ^^ but seeing a beta version even without the phone yet… that’s truly awesome!

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  • roeshak

    Great if this turns out to be true. I sort of expected the 4.2.2 firmware to be released after the update process for the 2012 line was completed.
    March seems a bit on the optimistic side but hey this year all manufacturers are seriously watching what their competitors are doing. Sony needs to announce this 4.2.2 update soon to kill off the advantage HTC and Samsung gain by launching with 4.2.1 out of the box. If Sony get this update out by April, that would be the clearest sign yet that the bad old days are truly. II think I might actually pop open aa bottle of Moet to mark the death of Ericsson. Those guys were truly idiots who stubbornly refused to face up to the simple realities on the ground. Encouraged by equally ridiculous gang of loyal but dwindling fans. Three cheers for all the people who moaned and moaned bombarding the sony forums with messages of discontent.
    It took a while chaps but we’re slowly but surely gettingqq there.

  • yUlek

    We don’t have drivers for 4.2 from Qualcomm

  • Ameer Zul

    if they decided to do this fast update etc. i certainly won’t jump on samsung :D I just need a taste of Xperia S Jellybean and if Z gets update fast. i’ll buy that one also :)

  • MoHiT

    Thats Not A Good News :-|

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  • Well qualcomm would definitely not give the 4.2 drivers to SOny. But if you really want 4.2.2 just head on to:

  • Don’t forget Sony have been playing catch up. They were a year behind but now have nearly caught upto Samsung. Kaz Hirai has reorganised Sony mobile. Within this 12 months Sony will release the latest android OS with their latest phones. Mobiles is where the profit is!

  • So how many 2010 smartphones has Samsung updated??? Or Htc for that matter?

  • Samsung just started to update Samsung Galaxy Note 1 to jellybean just now. So how long has it took them???? A long time! Too many people on here with ridiculous expectations!

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  • Jerry Berglund

    The first one I think Sony has done all along the last years, Even as Sony Ericsson. But Xperia iOn were just sad. That one people have to wait for ages for. But since Xperia X10 Sony Ericsson/Sony have been releasing their phones just a cople of months after. Thats not slow. When it comes to updates yes, they seemed to go from “No updates” to “Update all modells, starting from release order” and now they change to “Update almost all phone with start from the latest release and then backwards” wich means again Xperia S and those phones have to wait but not the once with new phones. But who know, it might be more phones showing up during this year, except for the cheaper once. I think we will se at least one 4.3 inch, and maybe 3.5 inch phones as well. Probably water resistance. And of course a version of all those for special markets. So in the end I think it will be at least 6 phones this year. But Sony is going to make fewer phones, thats might be true.

  • M.d.

    Are you serious!?
    I ran at least a dozen of software repairs via PCC and SUS (with two different arc S devices) but the problem still exists.

    The LED issue is clearly a software bug that can’t be solved by reinstalling/repairing the firmware. Only a bug fix can solve it and Sony Mobile is well aware of that but for almost 8 months nothing happened!

    As long as Sony Mobile is neither able nor willing to provide proper firmware I really doubt that Xperia devices will ever be premium smartphones…

  • noble

    Says who? A lot of phones uses S3 processors. Qualcomm can’t just abandon them.

  • M.d.

    I am not talking about firmware upgrades but about BUG FIXES… Sony Mobile simply ignores software related problems.

    For more than eight months now, I’m waiting for an update to fix the notification LED of my Xperia arc S – the so called 2011 flagship…

  • Jerry Berglund

    Hmm… dont think you right about that. This all started allready when Ericsson was in the mix. Remember the Xperia T is the latest Qualcomm plattform for dual-core, was developed by Sony Ericsson. So even if Sony shouldnt have bout out Ericsson, this should have been happening, because all this started with Sony Ericsson. So thats just not correct what you’re saying.

  • Jerry Berglund

    Thats not true M.d. The truth is that 2011 phones actually got more support than Xperia S that is 2012 phone. They still get updates, not JB though, but other updates. And as someone say, 2010? Wich company would have support for those?

  • 6- incredibly high prices

  • jag

    Dont get mad at me brother. Im just suggesting here and trying to help. And maybe your notification led is already broken. So a software update wont fix it?

  • Quark Gluon

    You might want to edit it, 4.2.2.

  • lovebmw

    I don’t mind 6, as long as they don’t show up before I get my z… so far we only know about one phone that’s coming out that we know nothing about… that’s fine.

  • Quark Gluon

    No, it’s an issue with some 2011 Xperia devices, not so serious but pretty annoying if you rely on LED notifications. Some mods by XDA people will do, some will not. I gave up on this as I’m looking for a nice 2013 Xperia handset. :D

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  • Babylonbwoy

    Damn, spend my whole day thinking about buying it or not, that drive me crazy ! I shouldn’t come on tech site…

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  • Babylonbwoy

    In the AOSP blog post by Sony they say that they going to work on the S until 4.2… if I remember.

  • …or can

  • roeshak

    Sorry but there is no evidence to support your assertions. The T was released with SE ics version nearly two versions behind.
    It has now been replaced by Sony’s jb build and could possibly go beyond.
    historically SE only got current software out with gingerbread.
    before and after that, it was pure unapologetic nonsense.

  • jag

    So I guess im lucky because my xperia play is running just fine. Barely hanging on hehe!

  • roeshak

    Well the galaxy s2 which is a 2011 phone is getting jb 4.1 almost two years after its launch. That’s a standard of support only bettered by Google.

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  • Anna
  • MoHiT

    Thats A Great News..Xperia S Is A Flagship Device Of 2012..And I Think Sony Should Work On It For 4.2 Jellybean :-)

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  • Rahul

    i am impressed with sony, hope you release update for xperia s soon

  • afzal

    The led notification also required ram usage as background cache program. It might harm the low ram inside 2011 device.

  • jag

    Yep.. And the sammy fan boys are getting so crazy about it too.. Hehe! They are so happy that Samsung pushed back the launching of SIV to march 15

  • Same as any other premium handset like Iphone 5,Samsung S3 etc!

  • Yep 2 years later? So how ling have Xperia S owners been waiting? Samsung only realistically support about 5 handsets and that’s it!

  • osin17

    I tought xperia T was the 2012 Flagship…. damn!

    Right! Too much phone is not a good strategy…
    But wait and see, maybe there’ll be another phone anouncement during MWC from Sony. I hope No!

  • osin17

    Remember what happened when Sony has updated Xperia Arc on ICS, it was become very slow.

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  • Your right, my bad. Thanks :)

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  • roeshak

    simpleTheas been constantly updated throughout its life. It started on gb and got a few gb updates, then it got updated to ics and now jb which no-one expected at all. That’s a level of support only Better in the nexus line.
    You can criticise Samsung for some things but as far as updates go, they are king of the hill.
    Let’s not debate this because it’s just the simple fact.

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  • anas

    i want sony to put amoled tech it will be great

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  • omegavesko

    There are still plenty of other reasons to go for a Nexus. You don’t get stock Android with the Xperia Z, and you don’t get Android OS updates literally the same day they’re released.

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  • Guest

    King? All they ever cared to update was their flagships! At least last year Sony tried to do support models of all range and many from past Sony Ericcson era too! So what if there chose to leave out 2011 or earlier phones? The hardware just wasn’t good enough to give an optimized experience of Android! It’s a wise call to let users continue with the best OS exp than to push an update the phone simply cannot handle! All of you here! It’s tech, today’s is outdated tomorrow! Let’s face it & not judge or make arguments pointlessly…

  • AnP

    Samsung is King? All they ever cared to update was their flagships! At least last
    year Sony tried to do support models of all range and many from past
    Sony Ericcson era too! So what if there chose to leave out 2011 or
    earlier phones? The hardware just wasn’t good enough to give an
    optimized experience of Android! It’s a wise call to let users continue
    with the best OS exp than to push an update the phone simply cannot
    handle! All of you here! It’s tech, today’s is outdated tomorrow! Let’s
    face it & not judge or make arguments pointlessly…

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  • Ashua

    Well there is only the xperia hushan and Dogo left to be announced and then xperia L so really is is good not many phones are coming out this year! ;)

  • Ameer Zul

    bro, don’t get me wrong, im not bashing on sony or anything but NOTE launch on 2011 while Xperia S launch on 2012, still, S doesnt get Jellybean yet. so Z prove that sony is really hearing out from their fans and that’s a good thing :)

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  • AlexBurnout

    Sony is amazing

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  • atb

    I have the Xperia Z since the 5 of march and there are no bugs in this firmware so far the phone is excellent before i bourgth the my XZ i been reading alot off reviews about it like on phone arena gsmarena and so on but i must say that most this reviews are not very objectiv so it is up to the user it self to find out how the phone is in dayly life and her XZ does a great job and by the way my wife has sgs 2 i update it to 4.1,2 and she told me after a few days of useing the phone that there was alot of bugs in that new firmware like the phone swift it self off and on and when sending mms she cant ifen download them and the new 4.2.1 firmware for the sgs 3 its a testfirmeware there are also bugs in that firmeware it is better to wait for 4.2,2 update then you can be more sure so sony is doing her the rigth thing they want you to have a good userexperience instead of release a firmeware that include a lot bugs

  • Any more information about Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z?

  • Giovanni Topran

    3 April and 4.2.2 no information for Xperia z……………………

  • tipatp

    So..Is there any good reason to update my xperia mini pro with gingerbread android to this new one?

  • ?? ??

    Wait – the S3 is premium? I thought the Note II was premium.

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    HUH apple iphone is a premium? Don’t anyone know iphones are assembled by foxconn using scrap parts from Bangladesh dump of discarded phones and pc’s.

  • Kanasai

    Sony should release 4 phones per year, 1 flagship, 2 midrange and 1 budget, then they can focus on pushing our firmware updates instead of new phones w/o updates again.

  • Ivan Prskalo

    +1 to that. Or IPS, in fact I would rather have IPS screens…

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  • Fid

    Is there any possiablity that xperia L will recieve android 4.2.2 official update?

  • Fid

    Xperia mini pro will not receive the latest android version coz the spec of the xperix minipro are not suitable for the latest android

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