Jelly Bean confirmed for Xperia phones

Giving with one hand, taking with the other. That's Sony and its plans to roll out Jelly Bean to Xperia smartphones.

Amazingly, months after Android 4.1 Jelly Bean first hit the market, some phone manufacturers still haven't got round to upgrading their hardware with it. Sony is one of those companies.

Thankfully, it has now confirmed its plans for Jelly Bean, but it isn't exactly good news. The rollout for Jelly Bean will be in the middle of the first quarter of 2013. Or February 2013 if you prefer. There's every chance Google might have launched another operating system by then, which is likely to anger Sony owners further. That's also the start of the rollout too, not the completion date, so we might be into spring before things really get moving.

On its official blog, Sony indicates that the Bond Phone, aka the Sony Xperia T, will kick off the rollout, but doesn't really go into any more detail about countries, networks and so on. We'll keep our ear to the ground about all of that. We were surprised that the Xperia T didn't ship with Jelly Bean. To leave an update until well into 2013 is disappointing, to say the least.

The company added that Jelly Bean updates for the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will follow, but only in 'due course'. That really could be anytime, so don't hold your breath.

There is worse news too, at least for some Sony owners. Sony has confirmed that its 2011 portfolio of phones have reached the end of their update life. If you have Ice Cream Sandwich on one of the phones not mentioned, that's as far as you are going. 'We would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand,' says Sony.

So essentially a good news story, but one strewn with general disappointment. Sony really needs to be sorting out updates a lot faster than this or its loyal fans might start to look elsewhere when the contract upgrade comes around.

Source: Sony blog

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