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Is your Xperia getting Android 4.3? Here’s Sony’s upgrade plan.

Now that Google(s goog) 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(s sne) 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.

45 Responses to “Is your Xperia getting Android 4.3? Here’s Sony’s upgrade plan.”

  1. mitchell

    wow ppl comment like they have no clue about the tech world they buy a proton and expect to get free engines for life. ppl you buy a cheaper hand set for a reason only you know why that is. you cant expect a company to pull reasources with labor and time comsuming programming that is required to run a o/s if you want to be certain that your able to recieve updates buy a phone that you know the company will still gain to pour out reasources for, youve never heard of a proton with a porche 977 engine thats because the poor car cant handle the physics of that motor. i have played into these custom roms and such since the htc hd2 days and everyone i have used or played with never is as good as the ones they ship with. some perform better but they damage the phone in other areas. in the last decade phones are like the computer days when every month something better was rolling out, do you see any old computers getting windows 8 no. the best thing to do is be happy with what you have or if it is just way too out dated buy something newer but the low end devices with cheap specs is never a good investment for long term use as there usaully produced with already aging tech hince the reason there so cheap

  2. Sry for German

    400 Mmh more power… fail. The Xperia L,T and V are the only candidats for the update from 4,1 to 4,3 because the others haven´t either 4.1 or they have 4.2 and the M and the E have a bad hardware, so they will not become an update to 4.3.

  3. please give as an update immediately, 4.1.2 has a lots of bug, F*CK, video recording lags!!!!!!, even the battery consumption is fast, from 48 hours of texting to 12 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ralfs Sedols

    Dear Ralfs,

    Thank you for contacting Sony Xperia Support.

    We currently have no information about the availablility of the Android 4.3 update for Sony Xperia S. We recommend that you visit our blog,, frequently. When we have have more information about Android 4.3 it will be published there.

    Kind Regards,

    Sony Xperia Support, LV.

    E-mail: [email protected]

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    Copyright © 2012 Sony Mobile Communications AB. All rights reserved

    I got this answer from them.

  5. 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.

  6. 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)