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.
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.