happy jelly bean

It's been less than 24 hours since Google announced Jelly Bean 4.3 and published the new code to the Android Open Source Project, and Sony is already talking up their plans for phone updates. That's what I call customer service! In a short blog post, Sony confirmed a 4.3 update for six of their latest phones and (one) tablets:

This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, and no timeframe has been announced. Other devices may get updated - and given Sony's decent record with Android updates, I would expect more phones to be announced soon - but these six already have their tickets punched. Sony also says they're hoping to bump at least some devices from Jelly Bean 4.1 to 4.3, skipping almost a year's worth of software and making at least some customers very happy indeed. The blog post did not enumerate which phones would be getting the update, but said more news would be coming soon.

Just to whet your appetite, Sony posted a video of the Xperia Tablet Z already running the AOSP version of Android 4.3, as they previously did with 4.2.

Advanced Xperia Tablet Z users who have unlocked their bootloader can download the files from GitHub and build and flash the ROM themselves. This is a preview only - the video mentions that it's missing key components (Google apps and all of Sony's custom software). Of course it will take some time for them to get everything ready for a real update, but it's a nice shout-out to power users nonetheless. Cheers, Sony.

Sources: Sony Developer World, Sony Mobile 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.
  • http://www.ninetwozero.com Karl Lindmark

    Still waiting for 4.2 to hit my Xperia Z, so I'm hoping they'll just skip it all together and send me some 4.3 instead. :-)

    • Anthony Restaino

      Same. I have the Nexus 7 and Xperia Tablet Z and I'd like them to be on the same version. 4.3 is a big improvement under the hood from the improvements I've seen on my Nexus 7.

      Battery life is improved and it's a lot smoother. I may have to just flash AOSP though, if I get impatient...

      Kudos to Sony being on top of their game.

      • Greyhame

        Former N7 owner here. So what you're saying is the 4.3 update has breathed new life into the original N7? Less "jank"?

        • Anthony Restaino

          Yep, I am. The stock launcher appears to actually be usable.

          • Greyhame

            That's awesome!! I won a tablet (from here actually) so I sold mine. I remember seeing performance issues tho, apparently related to memory R/W speeds. Lagtrim on the play store fixes this, but I wonder if 4.3 implemented a similar trim function to assist non-root users.

    • cyleo

      My Xperia Z has been rocking 4.2 for a couple of weeks now. Maybe your carrier is holding the update? Fortunatly for you it's relativly easy to flash to an unbranded 4.2 version of the official firmware (w/o root) using Flashtool. Give it a try!

    • Chalin

      just use pc companion and update

  • silaslenz

    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      lol sony does that for its AOSP versions as a gag I guess, its 4.3

    • Al

      I remember the AOSP 4.2 had lol

    • Anthony Restaino

      it's the jelly bean addiction hotline. (432)100-0000

    • Sony > Samsung

      They purposely edited the Android version number. Haha.

    • Christopher Mason

      Actually if you download AOSP from the master branch it'll have a weird version number. 4.2 from master was

  • Steve McTravis

    awesome , hope can get one XZ

  • gosa

    And Samsung is still keeping quiet...

  • http://www.blogotechblog.com Lalit Indoria

    It must be "five phones and one tablet" and not "six phones and one tablet'.

  • dhruva

    i seriously dont understand why oem's have such a hard time keeping up with updates. but cynogenmod does it for literally every phone. so i am inclined to believe there is little incentive for oems..can google ever provide any incentive?

  • alijay

    And the Tablet S gets Jelly Bean when? Sony are nothing but thieves and charlatans


    And what about Xperia P

  • mcored

    Google really should partner with Sony to create a Nexus device. Sony has been very impressive in terms of timing of Android upgrades.

  • sandrino

    Possible that Sony will not update Xperia P with 4.2 or 4.3? Many people are reporting a lot of problems with the last version of JB 4.1.2 ... Come on Sony don't be fool!!!!!