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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming to Sony Xperia in 2013

Sony on Friday announced that it will upgrade 2012-model Xperia phones to the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, beginning next year.

The latest Sony Xperia models, including the recently announced Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V will all be upgraded to Android 4.1 in "mid-Q1 2013," meaning around February, according to a post on the Sony Xperia product blog. Several other 2012-model Xperia Android phones will also receive the update, including global versions of the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go, and Xperia J. Sony did not elaborate on when those devices will be updated, but promised to announce more information on timing "in due course."

The phone maker also delivered some bad news, however. None of its 2011 Xperia phones will get the Jelly Bean upgrade.

"We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich," Sony said. "Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand."

In other Jelly Bean update news, Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.1 to Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets in the UK, which will be available across all networks in the coming weeks.

Jelly Bean comes with new features like offline voice typing, auto arranging of icons, and a predictive keyboard. It also sports Google Now, a richer use of the company's Knowledge Graph. Google Now can memorise your normal commute from home to work and back, then provide alternate routes if it detects traffic. It also integrates public transit, telling users when the next subway train or bus is slated to arrive.