17
Dec
2012-12-17_13h44_38

I suppose you have to give Sony credit for at least keeping its customers informed. Today, the manufacturer announced an update to its plans for bringing its phones up to Jelly Bean. If you're rocking the Xperia T, Xperia TX, or Xperia V, you should see Android 4.1 "during February and March." Of course, this will depend on what market you're in or which variant you own.

Following those flagships, the Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will start to receive their upgrades starting around the end of March. Following that release, the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and the Xperia acro S will be updated "in the subsequent weeks." Of course, schedules are always subject to change, but all of this information lines up pretty well with what we've heard before from the company. The leading handsets will allegedly get updated in Q1 2013 as was promised and the other handsets never had any concrete release dates, so this is better than nothing.

On the list of phones that won't be getting updated, we have the Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola. This is disappointing, since all three of these phones were released within 2012 (the miro only came out in September) ,but Sony's decided that they will stay on Ice Cream Sandwich. At least you guys know, right?

Silver linings, I suppose.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

Thanks Andre!

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Alphonse Bourdierd

    This is sad

  • nukeblitz

    Hmmm, last year, you could forgive the extremely long time delay to bring ICS as every 2011 phone got it.

    This year though, I'm quite disappointed with the exclusion of the xperia U and sola. It has the specs, the space in /system and easily passes the android compatibility document The U, especially is one of the most popular - dual core A9 unlocked at $249 without taxes and shipping (nexus has those) was a great deal.

    Sony needs to step up their upgrade game - they developed a lot of goodwill in the last year and this will hurt it.

    Well, i suppose it still is better than LG and HTC.

    A good OEM who provides upgrades takes care of low end customers too - samsung, of all people did that this year :P

    Sigh, even with all that put aside, it's almost nexus or bust for me - and i can't get one. Been waiting for almost a whole year with a HTC explorer... Samsung doesn't work for me as utterly hate physical home buttons and I've come to love the task switcher button after using CM10 to remap the menu button...

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      I disagree about HTC. They've been slow about issuing updates, but they are at least updating everything. I may have missed something, but I don't think there's any device under a year old that isn't getting the version updates. I'm pretty sure there are some devices that fall short of the 18 month timespan, but I believe every device in recent history has seen updates at least through 12 months.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Oh, I totally agree with you that Sony is shooting down all of that good will they earned with the frequent contributions to AOSP and the better than average support for the hacking community.

      Frankly, Sony really should to commit to doing better with their updates, or they've got to just come out publicly and tell people that they should look to the custom ROM community for updates. The miro in particular makes me surprised there isn't a lynch mob forming...

    • AHWH

      Classifying LG together with HTC on updates is very wrong imo. LG's update policy have been always "Let's promise everyone that we will update all their phones when Google announce new version of Android and deliver it close to one year later to 1/2 phones out of the supposedly 10+ over phones".

      HTC however nowadays seems to be very silent about which phones is getting updates after the DHD saga.

      • nukeblitz

        Fair enough. LG is horrible with updates - I'd avoid LG altogether if the nexus 4 didn't exist. For updates, it looks like this to me right now

        Nexus>>Asus>Samsung>HTC=Motorola>Sony>>LG

      • nukeblitz

        I expect motorola to get better though. The reason i ranked them low is because they haven't been very good about pregoogle motorola phones. I think they'll do good with updates from now on