Straight from the horse's mouth is always the best way to hear about updates, even if it's less-than-stellar news. Today, Sony confirmed its schedule for Jelly Bean updates on its line of phones. For starters, the recently-launched Xperia T and Xperia TX will be upgraded "from mid-Q1 2013." This will put the latest and greatest from Sony a solid six months behind Android 4.1's initial launch and, if our guess is correct, at least a few months behind the possible release of Android 4.2.

After that, the rest of Sony's 2012 lineup, including the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will all be upgraded to Jelly Bean sometime next year. Don't hold out for an official release date, though. The manufacturer promises that it will release a timeline "in due course." For the layman, this is PR speak for "we'll get to it when we get to it."

As for anything older than this year, sorry, you're out of luck. This is exceptionally disappointing given that Jelly Bean only came out in June of this year. For a device like the Xperia Arc, which was released in October of 2011, right around the time that Ice Cream Sandwich came out, this means it will receive exactly one upgrade, to 4.0, and is now out of its development cycle. Maintaining upgrades for six months is, by all accounts, a disappointment.

Sony says that the reason for this lack of updates is because it would not be able to guarantee a good experience on these devices beyond ICS. Take that for what you will. The company has at least promised maintenance updates for the older devices.

There you have it, in clear cut black and white. Now you know exactly when the cut off is. So, does knowing exactly where your phone stands make you feel better, or do you think you'd be better off not knowing?

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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  • mattrition

    No mention of 2012 lower-end devices like the Xperia U...

  • Tyler Chappell

    Wow, it is becoming very tiring hearing these stupid manufacturers claiming that they can't guarantee a good experience on a device whose base OS alone (JB) offers a better experience [than ICS]. It's just laziness and greed on their part. Oh well, glad I won't be buying devices with inferior manufacturer skins and slower updates.
    Shame on Acer (A100 and A500)
    Shame on Sony (for above)
    Shame on Motorola (for the Droids that COULD be updated to ICS and/or Jelly Bean)
    Shame on HTC (Thunderbolt and Incredible 2)
    etc etc.
    After buying my Nexus 7, I'll never look back and buy a non-Nexus device again. These manufacturers really need to get the message.

    • NeedName

      And then they wonder why people aren't flocking to buy their latest gadgets. . . duh!

      I don't know about anyone else but, I cannot recommend products from companies that demonstrate poor support — still only recommending the current Nexus device.

    • fsrdh

      True. My girlfriend is running jelly bean on her LG black from 2010 courtesy off cyanogen when there isn't even a official ICS update for that phone yet! She says it brought new life to a phone she was considering ditching got something new, and I guess that's three reason why manufactures won't update older models.

  • George

    Custom ROMs FTW , I am happy I got ICS on my Mini Pro anyways :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kumar.aashish Aashish Kumar

    I'm tired of the device makers taking too much time updating the android version, they are the main culprits of fragmentation problem. If a device get more than 1 year old they forget it.
    BTW customs ROM's FTW..I am using ICS, while samsung is still stuck on GB

  • http://twitter.com/SinkingShip_UK SinkingShipProd_UK

    Looks like the "leaked" message earlier this year about 2011 phones not getting the JB update HAS come true after being told to wait for further information.
    After being a loayal Sony mobile customer since before 2000 This is the last straw for me. The greed and bare faced cheek of Sony to take my money and not offer decent customer service is nothing short of a slap across the face.
    Its making think twice about getting a new android phone at all next year.

    might save up and become a sheep. at least you know what your getting with apple.

    • Albin Hermansson

      Or just buy the.new Nexus?

      • Mayukh Sarkar

        Absolutely true....at this moment upcoming nexus 4 is the best choice one can have till htc launches one x +....Samsung is slowly getting fucked up..

  • mgamerz

    At least 2011 devices get ICS. Motorola gave 2011 users the middle finger.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001045389560 Adam Montas

      Not really dont lie now droid razr,razr maxx,droid 4 and bionic in a week or two will have ics. Same can be said even though the rooted droid 3 doesnt have ics user ported ics is based on droid 4 ics rom to droid 3 . Stop bullshiting and atrix 2 was on ics a few weeks back it was 2011. leak rom was given to original atrix and photon ics if user want ics without rooting it .

      • mgamerz

        Custom roms don't count, and you know that. It's not developers jobs to support what companies don't.

      • mgamerz

        Razr and Razr Maxx are the exact same phone as well, so that's no more work to do two updates than one. Atrix, Electrify, and Photon owners around the world got screwed cause Motorola is incompetent. At least Sony 2011 phones HAVE ICS.

  • Al

    At least Sony kept most of their phones on ICS unlike Samsung's which are stuck on GB. Their ICS ROM sucks though. Flashed CM10 for mum's Arc S long time ago.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Tell me again why Sony are so highly thought of?

    So they contribute to AOSP and all, which no doubt pleases the Android Googlers. But their consumer-side contributions have been nothing short of disappointing imho.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    "The rest of Sony's 2012 lineup, including the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will all be upgraded to Jelly Bean sometime next year."

    Except that's not what it says, is it? It says those specific models will get Jelly Bean, but there's no mention of other 2012 models like the Xperia U and others.

  • http://komorkomania.pl/author/michal-brzezinski Michal Brzezinski

    I think you meant Xperia Arc S, Xperia Arc was released at the beginning of 2011 ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

    As always, late to the show updates.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Hey at least SONY's 2011 devices are on ICS, my less than ambitious Motorola from 2011 is stuck on Gingerbread. On the trail of broken promises...

  • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

    Any device capable of running ICS can run Jelly Bean very well. This was demonstrated by using the UNOFFICIAL CM10 on an Xperia Arc.
    Then, apart from a small bug with the camera, everything was running even better than ICS. Sony basically wants their fanboys to ditch their 2011 devices & go buy the newer ones. What they don't realise is that if they keep going this way, they, very soon won't be having any fanboys to rely on.

    Fuck you, Sony.
    Hello, Samsung!

    • Mayukh Sarkar

      Its better to say Hello to lg for their upcoming flagship nexus 4....no samsung nexus, banning it from Indian market scenario, 28th oct---official release of nexus 4 and end of nov it will be in India...SO
      Fuck you, Samsung
      Hello, LG!

  • eilegz

    and no wonder why nexus devices its needed, too bad that nexus devices its stuck by stupid laws like not having expandible memory...

  • http://www.facebook.com/fransarj Francis Arjonillo

    And this is why I'll NEVER buy a Sony handset.

  • Pete

    They need to update more phones, because now days a contract is 2 years and they forget about a phone after a year pfff

  • aman

    please inform me when update of experia p 4.1 jelly bean is available

  • pren

    First of all,thank you for this info.I appreciate it,a lot.

    But for us who is stuck on ICS,personally i have Xperia Arc and i'm on GB,'cause ICS is just too laggy for me.

    I don't care abou 4.1 or 4.2 i understand that xperia arc is just to week to make those two work like GB,but i would like at least from sony to give us a proper ICS update,which is almost like GB,'cause i don't think it could be good as GB(i'm talking about performances)I like ICS UI,it's just beautiful,but for me performance takes 1. place,look is 2.
    That's just my opinion,don't get me wrong i'm proud of my xperia arc i'm just not proud with ICS,i think Sony could do a little bit more about optimizing ICS to run a little bit better.I still have faith in Sony and i think they are gonna give us at least one more update of ICS.Tnx

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