Sony Announces Jelly Bean Schedule for 2012 Xperia Devices

As promised earlier, Sony will be rolling out Jelly Bean updates for their 2012 lineup of Xperia devices. Sony on its official blog has announced the names of the devices which will be getting Jelly bean update and also the schedule when the devices will receive the updates. Though Sony promised that they will roll out Jelly bean updates to selective Xperia devices in early January 2013, they have delayed it by a month and the updates will start rolling out only by February 2013. To begin with, Sony Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V will get official Jelly Bean OTA update which will start rolling out in February and should be finished by March. The remaining phones to get their part of Jelly Bean update will start rolling out by the end of March as soon as the first round of updates for the aforementioned three devices is completed. It is pretty strange to see that Sony Xperia U that runs on a dual core processor isn’t updated to Jelly Bean where other devices running on a single core processor will get their part of Jelly Bean update. Regarding their denial of updates to Xperia U, Sola, Miro and Tipo, Sony says:   [quote] “The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected. Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro, Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.” [/quote]   Another explanation that Sony gives about not providing and update to the Arc S is: [quote]Xperia Arc S is part of our 2011 portfolio, which won’t be upgraded beyond ICS. The reason being – user experience is at the heart of our product development and support; after thorough evaluation, we concluded that the user experience for our 2011 Xperia smartphones will be superior if they remain on Ice Cream Sandwich versus being upgraded to Jelly Bean.[/quote] Sony Xperia J and Xperia U are low-end phones from Sony that have the same RAM of 512 MB but the reason Xperia J is getting a Jelly Bean update and Xperia U being denied at the same time is the difference in the GPU. Xperia J’s Adreno 200 GPU uses less RAM which is not the case with Xperia U. Project Butter works well with less RAM usage and that could possibly be a reason for Xperia U being denied the update. While we see many Xperia users being disappointed after this announcement, we’d like to let you know that you can taste Jelly bean on your phone by flashing a CyanogenMod 10 ROM on your phone. Stock firmwares are great and hopefully the Android community at XDA will be able to port these stock ROMs from devices that are getting Jelly bean update to the devices that aren’t getting these updates. To stay updated with these hacks, stay subscribed to us. via Sony Mobile