Sony details Android 4.1 updates for Xperia smartphones

The smartphone-maker sheds light on which models will and won't see Jelly Bean in their future.

The Sony Xperia T is expected to see Android 4.1 in early 2013.
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As expected, Sony has now detailed which of its Xperia smartphones will pick up Jelly Bean and which won't.

In a nutshell, the newer and more powerful models will move forward, while a select few will be left behind on Ice Cream Sandwich.

First out of the gate, the Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V will receive its update starting in February and March. Once completed, Sony plans to deploy Android 4.1 to the Xperia J, Xperia P, and Xperia Go in late March.

The weeks following should see the Xperia S, SL, Xperia Acro S, and Xperia Ion picking up Jelly Bean.

It isn't all good news for Sony handset owners, as a few models will be left running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Among those staying put are the Xperia U, Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Sola.

Sony doesn't explain why these devices will not see 4.1, but it's usually a matter of hardware, age, or sales. It is interesting, nonetheless, that all of these particular models are less than a year old.

Looking ahead, Sony plans to introduce some Xperia-specific features in the Jelly Bean update. With CES right around the corner, chances are good that we'll see Sony's Jelly Bean experience very soon.