Sony’s blog announced its intention to upgrade the Xperia smartphones with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 Kitkat. This announcement from Sony follows last week’s announcements from Motorola and HTC to equip their handsets with Android 4.4 Kit Kat. As of now, Sony plans to start such upgrades in December 2013. However, these upgrades will be available in phases.
Upgrades for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Sony will first provide Android 4.3 Jelly Bean customized for selected range of Sony gadgets. The list of such gadgets includes Sony Xperia SP, Xperia TX, Xperia T, Xperia V, Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia ZR, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z (Ultra), and Xperia (Tablet) Z. This plan will enable Sony to skip updating Android 2.0 for Xperia TX, Xperia V, and Xperia T.
Upgrades for Android 4.4 Kit Kat
While Sony has announced when it is possible to release the upgrades of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, it has not yet announced any timeline for upgrades of Android 4.4 Kit Kat. However, the devices that are eligible for this upgrade include Xperia Z, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Z Ultra. Xperia Z Tablet can also use this latest OS from Google.
Though Sony is unusually late with announcement, most people prefer Xperia line of products to many other smartphones and tablets. Therefore, Sony’s delay in the announcement is not likely to harm it much. As to gaining from such upgraded OS, it remains to be seen how well and how fast people are able to learn about its features, and adapt to this software.