[EXCLUSIVE] We got insider information from our sources in Sony Mobile Communications that the Sony Xperia Sola and Xperia U will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update despite Sony’s blog post from yesterday where there was no mention of them. We tell you more on the update schedule.
Sony Xperia 2012 Lineup Jelly Bean Upgrade
Back when Sony had released their X10 Android lineup, they gained a terrible reputation of not updating their phones to the newer Android OS versions. This caused a lot of trust issues with Sony and its customers, leading to many of Sony’s loyalists leave camp and move to smartphones by Samsung and HTC. So Sony changed their support model, supporting phones which they release for at least a year on. The first generation in this model was the Sony 2011 Xperia lineup (Arc, Neo, Mini), which Sony updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich earlier this year. In fact, the 2011 lineup got to taste ICS before the newer Sony Xperia 2012 lineup (S, P, U, Sola, Go). However, the update eventually came through, although a bit too late.
11 months after Google released their Android 4.0 ICS operating system, Sony finally seeded the update for their Xperia Sola, U and Go smartphones. A little too late considering Sony themselves were selling ICS packing smartphones costing as little as Rs. 9,499 (Xperia Tipo). And the update came at a time when Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was out for months and Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie is on the wings of release (LG Nexus 4).
Further, frustration built up when Sony Mobiles blog yesterday posted that their newest Xperia T/TX/V will receive Jelly Bean mid Q1 2013, followed by Jelly Bean for the Xperia J (which has a mediocre 1 GHz ARM Cortex A5 processor only), Xperia S Acro S and then later for the Xperia P and Go. This really put the owners of the Xperia U and Sola smartphones in a fix, all of them feeling trolled by what Sony just did to them, i.e. ditch them right in their faces.
However, today we can say that the Jelly Bean update is very much coming and we even have an approximate schedule as to when the updates will hit different smartphones from Sony’s 2012 Xperia lineup. This information comes from our sources within Sony Mobile Communications (and a 3rd party in between, trusted source).
Sony Xperia T/TX/V
The newest flagship Android smartphones from Sony, the Xperia T, TX and V pack the latest Snapdragon S4 chipset, HD displays and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to boot. These new models pack an improved design, which according to Sony has been designed keeping in mind how people use their smartphones in their daily life. These new phones back a sexy curved back, a new front design as well. The overall effect is that it leaves a person wanting that smartphone more and more. Job well done Sony.
The Sony Xperia T/TX /V smartphones are scheduled to receive their Jelly Bean update by mid Q1 2013 (mid February).
Sony Xperia S/Acro S/Ion
The Sony Xperia S was released as Sony’s flagship smartphone for early 2012. Packing a Snapdragon S3 chipset, the phone lagged behind competition which had already moved on to the faster Snapdragon S4 chipsets as well as the quad core nVidia Tegra 3 processors. However, the Xperia S held it’s own thanks to the brilliant 4.3″ HD Reality Display, the refreshing new design and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich themed by Sony’s improved Timescape UI, not to mention the 13 MP camera sensor at the back made the Xperia S quite popular among smartphone buyers.
The Sony Xperia S/Acro S/Ion smartphones are scheduled to receive their Jelly Bean update by end of October/early November 2012.
Sony Xperia P/U/Sola/Go
The remainder of the Xperia 2012 models also packed the same class and design as the Xperia S. The Xperia P and Xperia U have been a humongous success among the youth. Being light, sexy and fast, these smartphones have become a common sight these days. The Xperia Sola came in later with features like Floating Touch (use the display without even touching it) and the sturdy Xperia Go was introduced shortly after. The Xperia P received it’s ICS update about 2 months ago, while the U/Sola/Go had to wait till beginning of October to receive their updates.
The Sony Xperia P/U/Sola/Go smartphones are scheduled to receive their Jelly Bean update by early December 2012.
Well, that’s all the info we have for now. We can only pray all of our sources information is true and all these smartphones indeed receive their Jelly Bean updates, else Sony would be in line to lose some more customer loyalty.