Sony today announced via a blog post about its plans for rolling out Jelly Bean to its Xperia handsets. The first in line to get the Jelly Bean update will be the recently unveiled Xperia handsets from Sony – the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V. Sadly, Sony will only be rolling out the Jelly Bean update for these handsets sometime in mid-Q1 of 2013.
Other than the above Xperia handsets, Sony will also be updating the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony did not mention any time frame as to when these handsets will get the JB update, but Xperia owners should not be too optimistic about getting the update before next year.
The company also mentioned that “after thorough evaluation” it has decided not to update its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets to Jelly Bean and beyond. It will, however, be releasing maintenance firmware releases for these handsets as and when required.
Samsung has already started updating its flagship handset – the Galaxy S3 – to Jelly Bean in certain regions of the world, while HTC will be updating its One series to Jelly Bean by the end of this month. Compared to them, Sony’s software roll-out speed is extremely slow. The company really needs to step up its game when it comes to releasing timely OS updates for its Xperia handsets, if it wants to stay competitive in the Android market.