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Sony isn’t dragging its feet now that Android 4.3 is available from Google. The handset maker has a list of which Xperia devices will see the new software and is even considering moving some Android 4.1 phones to the latest version.

Xperia Z home

Now that Google released Android 4.3 for its Nexus phones and tablets, other hardware partners can start sharing their device upgrade plans. After leaving some handsets with older versions of Android in 2012, Sony is among the first out of the gate to share high-level details on its upgrade intentions.

Currently, the Xperia Z and ZL in various markets are in the process of getting Android 4.2, and Sony says the Xperia ZR and Tablet Z will begin getting their 4.2 upgrades next month. Sony confirmed in a blog post on Thursday that the following devices will all see Android 4.3: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra.

xperia z ultra lineup

Sony also said it’s possible that some older devices will get updated with a bypass of Android 4.2, meaning if they’re on Android 4.1 now, they could jump to Android 4.3 with a single upgrade. There are no details on which older handsets are part of that plan. However, if a Sony Xperia phone launched with Android 4.1, I think there’s a reasonably good chance it will see the upgrade; there’s no major hardware bump needed for the latest version of Jelly Bean outside of support for Bluetooth 4.0.

Sony appears to have learned a lesson from its upgrade process last year, given the forthcoming plans and this added apology in the blog post:

“On that note, thank you for all the feedback on our Jelly Bean 4.1 rollout for Xperia 2012 products – we’re aware the process hasn’t been as succinct or as timely as you might’ve expected. As part of Developer World’s piece, Fredrik Ekstrand, our Head of Software Product Management, elaborates on some of the reasons for this, but essentially – we’ve heard your frustrations and are constantly improving the way we do things.

We often focus on network carriers as a stumbling block when it comes to device software upgrades, which they can be. But the handset makers have to actually create software updates for carriers to test and push out, so it’s nice to see Sony stand up and take a little responsibility here.

  1. Update .Of android 4.3 will be possible for xperia s
    pl do it
    thanks n regards

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    1. no there will no update for xperia S

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      1. Don’t take this as confirmation, you’re not an official Sony Mobile representative.

        It’s unlikely Sony would give the Xperia S a 4.3 Android update, but there’s always hope.

        Even if we’re not given a 4.3 Android update, we should still receive an update to fix the bugs that are present in Sony’s current 4.1.2 firmware for the Xperia S.

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        1. Andrea Stefano Monday, August 12, 2013

          no, they won’t.

          it’s time to unlock bootloader xD

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      2. Will xperia v get an update?

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      3. wiil ther be updates for xperia L

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  2. Hussnain Habib Friday, August 9, 2013

    is sony xperia t going to get this update? or is there a slight chance? lots of bugs in 4.1.2 :/

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  3. will there be a update for the xperia t

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  4. sony should update xperia v easily to jelly bean 4.3. v is better than SP. xperia v have 13 MP camera, waterproof and 8GB Storage. xperia SP have 8 MP camera, 8GB Storage (5GB user available)

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    1. What are you talking about? A camera or amount of storage and waterproof doesn’t for making xperia v handling Android 4.3. Xperia sp has a very powerful processor that’s better than the One in xperia v

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      1. Francesco Capasso Sunday, October 20, 2013

        very more powerful?
        Is the same CPU with 200mhz higher frequency and a newer gpu… LOL
        Performance are the same.

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  5. 4.2 for the Xperia S …
    soon? or not?
    or not at all!?

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  6. in my opinion it’s better not to upgrade your mobile to new android version, I updated my Xperia Z to Android 4.2 and now it is slower than before, as well as the high temperature is get worse.

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  7. and the s tablet ? Been screwd over again by sony not updating old stuff

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  8. android 4.3 for xperia p? Xperia p is good phone with dual core processor and 16gb of memory. I think that android 4.3 is good for xperia p. Please sony make update for xperia p.

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    1. I THINK XPERIA P SOC WHICH IS NOVATHOR CANT HANDLE IT..

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      1. And why should 4.3 need a way much better hw than 4.1 (or ICS)?
        As I know the goal of thes upgrae is optimizing, so…bullshit.

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  9. will there be an upgrade for xperia sl ???if yes when ??

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  10. there is update for sony xperia v??? yes or no??

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