Sony today announced their Android JellyBean upgrade plans for Xperia 2012 devices. The JellyBean update will be rolled out in Q1 2013. The first few phones to get it are Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V which recently started shipping. Sony further announced the names of the handsets which will also get JellyBean update. Those are Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J. But they have not yet confirmed the timeframe for update rollout. Even this is pretty bad considering the fact that the competing OEMs have already started rolling-out JellyBean update for their flagship handsets. By the time it lands on these devices, we would be hearing rumors of next major Android version.
While it all seems great for the owners of these devices, owners of yesteryear’s Xperia devices, especially Xperia arc S, which is yesteryear’s flagship, users will be highly disappointed to hear that JellyBean won’t make it to their phones. Sony has stated that according to their tests, JellyBean on these devices won’t be any smoother experience. Sony had previously managed to annoy the users by providing the buggy ICS (IceCream Sandwich) update which was improved in sub-sequent updates. In fact, JellyBean is much smoother and lighter on resources than ICS and should work even better than ICS. Google has already come up with Android 4.1.2 update and pushed it to Nexus devices to devices as old as Nexus S. Sony is known as biggest contributor to the Android code and also for its developer friendly behavior. From such a company it was totally unexpected. It’s high-time that Google steps in to ensure timely and up-to-date updates to devices outside Nexus family. But if you’re the one who likes adventure and probably not worried about with messing up your handset, you can try out custom ROMs like FXP/CyanogenMod specially built for Xperia devices which is based on JellyBean.