Sony Details Jelly Bean Upgrade Plans For 2012 Xperia Smartphones

Sony has today announced its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade plans for Xperia smartphones released during 2012. The Japanese company is hoping to deliver its latest software to at least six handsets by the end of March 2013, then another four handset in the “subsequent weeks.” There are four Xperia handsets that won’t be upgraded beyond Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however.

The Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V are first on the upgrade list, and they should receive Jelly Bean “during February and March.” The Xperia P, Xperia J, and Xperia go should also be upgraded by the end of March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, and Xperia acro S will be last to receive the upgrade, which should have arrived by next summer.

Unfortunately, for those of you with an Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, or Xperia sola, you won’t be received Jelly Bean at all.

In reply to a disappointed customer on its blog post, Sony explained why the handsets above have been left out:

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.