Good news for Sony fans: the company is finally starting to roll out Jelly Bean updates to some of its more notable 2012 smartphones. The former headliner Xperia S, its brother the SL, and the camera-focused SL all have Android 4.1 waiting for them. Users will need the a Windows PC and the Sony PC Companion to download and install the updated software, which includes a refreshed kernel as well. Xperia Blog got some screenshots of the 6.2.B.0.200 firmware being flashed to a French Xperia S.

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Sony confirmed the updates via its @SonyMobileNews Twitter account. A company representative went on to say that the Xperia Ion, AT&T's American LTE version of the Xperia S, will be coming soon. But we all know that carrier certification is a tough path - it could be some time before AT&T users can get off of Ice Cream Sandwich. When they do, it may be via a standard over-the-air update instead.


Sony promised to update its 2012 line of phones with Jelly Bean, and it looks like they're making good. Now if only we could get them to update to Android 4.2, things would be golden.

Source: Xperia Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Adam

    This would be exciting, except I have an Ion... and with sony, "to follow" could mean weeks. Blah.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      And if you have it on AT&T, then months.

      • briankariu

        Dude, flash the international firmware on the ION. Goodbye bloatware :D
        My ION is a lt28i version. Once the update is out, am grabbing dat ass :) :)

        • danytek

          how can i flash my at&t ion with the international version???

          • http://www.facebook.com/DeathEvil Dawid Hudziak

            with flashtool and/or CWM, visit xda for guide:)

          • briankariu

            First of, download and install the Sony update tool here: http://www.sonymobile.com/gb/tools/update-service/

            This is to make sure that all the drivers are installed. connect your phone when its on and let the drivers install. Also connect your phone in flashmode (switch off phone then hold volume down while inserting USB cable) so that the flashmode drivers are installed.

            Download the necessary firmware here:

            I used the generic international lt28i
            Download the xperia flash tool here and install:

            Remember to enable USB debugging, and if the connection mode is MTP set it to something else.

            Once you have installed the tool, connect your phone. It should detect the phone, or give you a manual selection so select the at&t version
            Now go back to the firmware you downloaded. Extract it using winrar and get a tft image. Copy that image to c:/Flashtool/firmwares.

            Go back to the flashtool and press the lightening icon. Select flashmode and press ok. This will take you to the firmware selection page. Just highlight the lt28i and press ok. Now put your phone in lashmode and let the tool do the rest


          • danytek

            Thank you so much for your reply,will do it this evening

        • Pulkit

          Yeah dude! I flashed that international firmware a long time ago and now my phone is running so smooth on ICS. Do you know when the update is coming out for the international version of the Ion?

  • Paul

    "Now if only we could get them to update to Android 4.2"
    Really no offense, but in which dream world are you living? ;)

  • Edita Pipenbaher

    coll if it realy coming soon

  • lee jun-hoe

    Yup, just got the update on my Xperia S. Googe now here I come!

  • Ambroos

    Problem with 4.2 is that Qualcomm isn't creating drivers for the Snapdragon S3 on 4.2, so it's unlikely to happen. Maybe 4.3, but it'll be late and it'll depend on Qualcomm.

  • Vishal

    No updates for phones with NovaThor processors,stuck on ICS,

  • mr spark

    When update jelly bean for xperia ion coming MALAYSIA??shitttttt

  • Coops

    Got the update in New Zealand. Up and running on my Xperia S. Looking good. Cheers

    • boss


      HOW ???!!!!?!?!?!?

      /// pc companion say im on latest version but im on ics

    • jk

      PC companion says my firmware is up to date but its ICS.

  • dannyyap

    wheres the acro s Jelly bean

  • Dior Hirai Ruado

    I have upgraded to JB on my Sony XS, anyone here that has reviews or tips on the features added? I'm from the Philippines

  • burrq

    jelly bean acro s please....where it is?

    • edong

      use SUS.

  • Celso

    Nothing here in Brazil...Still waiting. :)

  • mohammed

    When get Xperia ion lt28h
    jelly bean


    Hi guys....successfully updated my SONY Xperia SL android version(4.1.2)...Philippines...

    • Lloyd

      can you please help me?

  • Anand Singh

    when is it reaching to India, (Xperis Acro S) ?

  • Carl

    **ICS Users BE WARNED**
    upgrading will stuff your battery life and video recording (reduced frame rates)

    dont believe me? update and see for yourself
    Sony failed to release something stable, and only released the JB update from market pressure to hopefully prevent whats left of the customer base from leaving to different vendors.