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Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean Update Starts Rolling Out

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The long-awaited Sony Xperia S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has started to roll out to owners today, just hours before the arrival of Sony’s self-imposed deadline of May.

After weeks of confusion and unrest from owners of the Sony Xperia S, the device has finally received its update from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. At the end of April, Sony promised the update by the end of May and fortunately, the company delivered on this promise. The update is indeed rolling out, something confirmed by Sony itself, but it’s not clear exactly where it’s rolling out.

XperiaBlog confirmed that it has touched down in France, at the very least, but we imagine that other regions will be close behind. Keep in mind, we heard some regional arms of Sony, like Brazil, confirm the software for the month of June. So we imagine that while some owners will get it during the month of May, others won’t see it touch down until next month.

The Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean roll out has begun.

The Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean roll out has begun.

The update will likely start with unbranded versions of the Xperia S and then work its way to the carrier-branded models of the device.

The update seems to be available through Sony’s PC companion at the moment so owners of the Xperia S, at least in France, will want to try their PC and the software in order to install the update.

As expected, the software is firmware number 6.2.B.0.200 and it will bring all of the new features of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to owners of the aging Xperia S. What this means is that owners will receive a new, smooth user interface, improved stock apps like Browser and Calendar, better Camera applications and more.

We imagine that Sony also has provided some enhancements and bug fixes though without a changelog, it’s impossible to say what those might be. It’s unclear if this will be the last update for the Xperia S or if Sony will update the now aging Xperia S with the latest that Android has to offer, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

95 Comments

  1. Amlish

    05/30/2013 at 10:01 am

    Still no update in Pakistan !!!

    • Tanya

      05/30/2013 at 9:26 pm

      Xperia p got jb update in april but it haven’t arrived in Pak yet so don’t expect anything for at least 2 more months. Sony is a bunch of A-holes

      • bill

        05/31/2013 at 2:14 am

        try to get it through pc companion

      • ferdinand

        06/01/2013 at 12:23 pm

        Sony aren’t the a-holes , its the carriers with their modified versions of android which they have to customize before they release, i suggest downloading flashtool, the ftf file and get a tutorial on how to flash it , worked like a charm for me on my xperia s and i’m a noob, shouldn’t be much different , so if you’re not willing to wait , update the phone manually

    • bill

      05/31/2013 at 2:10 am

      got mine in Pakistan :-)

    • IRFAN

      05/31/2013 at 11:10 am

      I GOT IT IN PAKISTAN. YAHHOOOOOO

      • qtahirqr

        06/10/2013 at 4:51 am

        How ?? I have been refreshing the update center daily but havent received any update yet ? How did you update it ?

  2. Evgeny

    05/30/2013 at 10:04 am

    The update is ready for my unbranded Xperia S in Spain.

  3. Adil Warraich

    05/30/2013 at 10:14 am

    no update in PK

  4. TANGO_23

    05/30/2013 at 10:24 am

    now available in COSTA RICA :3

  5. Xperia S(hit)

    05/30/2013 at 10:46 am

    no update in saudi

  6. Mostafa

    05/30/2013 at 10:50 am

    No update in Egypt!

  7. pretham

    05/30/2013 at 10:51 am

    I got my update for Xperia S in INDIA

    • kumrundu

      05/30/2013 at 11:17 am

      I am also in india. but I cant see any update on my companion.?

    • Vaibhav Gupta

      05/30/2013 at 12:52 pm

      How come???

    • Shreyas

      05/30/2013 at 1:47 pm

      which carrier?

    • Pranav

      05/31/2013 at 1:32 am

      How the hell??

    • Kesav

      05/31/2013 at 7:06 am

      Oh gr8 rely ah??

  8. Joe

    05/30/2013 at 10:56 am

    Wohooo! Jelly Bean out in UK. Works like a charm!

    • Alex Mclaren

      05/30/2013 at 10:30 pm

      How did you get it? I’m in North Wales and I have nothing yet.

  9. tsikibeas

    05/30/2013 at 11:05 am

    no update in Greece

  10. Wezatteco

    05/30/2013 at 11:08 am

    Still waiting in Phillippines

  11. bootl

    05/30/2013 at 11:09 am

    got the upate right now. Where? Austria!

    • Kev Stadlhofer

      05/30/2013 at 11:54 am

      ich hab das update noch nicht bekommen ._. bin auch in Österreich :/

  12. anandrr

    05/30/2013 at 11:46 am

    i am also from india .
    not get any updates

  13. zippy881alex

    05/30/2013 at 11:52 am

    I got my updated this morning, Los Angeles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Shivam naik

    05/30/2013 at 12:35 pm

    i updated , but its not good as we expected. first of all sound quality is rubbish even china phones have better sound quality then Xperia S . stamina mode is not there , battery dries out soon , working slow . so better u don’t update it. .I am Sony fan , i’ll like to wait for next update.
    Thank you

  15. Liam Aierstock

    05/30/2013 at 12:46 pm

    Got the update through pc companion in uk, cant update over the air. still early days but even though its an update it seems quite laggy, especially the homescreen, where the phone struggles to swipe through homescreens, and this has been made worse by a 3d scrolling effect. all seems still very slow much like ics 4.0.4, not sure if it was worth updating, might just go back to custom roms as they eat less battery, are less laggy and work a lot better on the phone!

  16. Android Kid

    05/30/2013 at 1:09 pm

    The update brings few new but hidden features in the devices.
    Source: http://www.theandroidtimes.com/2013/05/android-412-update-is-now-live-for-sony.html

  17. Alberto Utrera

    05/30/2013 at 1:21 pm

    aun no llega la mia en Mexico

    • Gustav

      05/30/2013 at 1:33 pm

      ¿Ya te llego?

  18. 1478963250

    05/30/2013 at 2:24 pm

    i m updated my xperia s in serbia. work like charm

  19. lazar

    05/30/2013 at 2:24 pm

    serbia

  20. Sebastian

    05/30/2013 at 2:26 pm

    Jelly Bean update in South Africa. Awesome!

    • ferdinand

      05/30/2013 at 4:09 pm

      dude please tell me if it was done OTA or pc companion and what operator are you currently using and what your previous build number was casue im from south africa and havent gotten anything.

      • Dior Hirai Ruado (@theDIORed)

        05/30/2013 at 11:24 pm

        It’s only available in PC companion, depends on your carrier. I did mine using my laptop

      • Sebastian

        05/31/2013 at 1:00 am

        I used PC companion, With Virgin mobile, and the build I dont remember but it was the last update prior to this one. Maybe you just need to wait it out

        • Ferdinand

          05/31/2013 at 7:19 am

          Thanks Sebastian , I use cell c on my phone and my laptop is on 8ta so I’m not sure if it has any affect on the update , but I shall wait , thanks again

          • Sebastian

            05/31/2013 at 8:25 am

            I don’t think your Internet service provider has anything to do with it. They’re just what PC companion uses to find the update. Although, when was the last time your PC companion checked for an update?

          • ferdinand

            05/31/2013 at 9:06 am

            i have no idea how to reply to the most below . the last time i checked through pc companion was right now i even tried using the SUS but no luck so im baffled .

          • ferdinand

            05/31/2013 at 9:09 am

            and could it possibly be that my phone is a vodacom phone because the previouse ics update was done through a laptop through vodacom?

          • Sebastian

            05/31/2013 at 9:50 am

            I read somewhere some time ago that carriers are partially responsible for the delays in phone updates. So it could be that vodacom has yet to release it.

          • ferdinand

            05/31/2013 at 10:25 am

            i saw that somewhere, has to do with the branding or something like that and have customized versions of android, so im going to try and get it on using flashtool and the ftf file. if it works i should be able to get all future updates ( if there are any, which i doubt) as soon as they are released.

          • Sebastian

            05/31/2013 at 10:32 am

            Sounds a little warranty unfriendly. But you’re probably passed the warranty period anyway. I suggest you wait a while coz it should rock up eventually. Only as a final resort, try out your method.

          • ferdinand

            05/31/2013 at 10:49 am

            yes i have passed the warranty period. if the phone somehow gets damaged id have an excuse for my dad to get me s4. i shall just try and let you know how it goes.

          • Shuvz

            06/18/2013 at 8:58 am

            Ferdinand and Sebastian. Where in South Africa are you guys? I’m waiting on JellyBean still. I’m in Cape Town using Vodacom

          • Sebastian

            06/18/2013 at 9:34 am

            Cape Town too. I’m with Virgin Mobile, that small not so famous network lol. It’s really odd that Vodacom hasn’t rolled it out yet.

    • ferdinand

      06/01/2013 at 2:06 am

      JELLY BEAN :D! flashing it was pretty easy, camera has lag issues but the rest of the phone is awesome!

      • Sebastian

        06/01/2013 at 2:32 am

        Cool! Good to hear. You should get the Xperia Z theme from the apps market to top it off. Very dynamic wallpaper.

        • ferdinand

          06/01/2013 at 12:17 pm

          The firmware came with all themes , unless you meant the live wallpaper?

          • Sebastian

            06/01/2013 at 4:16 pm

            Yes, I meant the live wallpaper.

    • Cheston

      06/10/2013 at 9:27 am

      did you really get it? i am still waiting on mine..:(
      why is this taking so looooooonnnnngggg!

  21. Maher Alielah

    05/30/2013 at 3:19 pm

    not yet in Saudi

    • bill

      05/31/2013 at 2:13 am

      try to get it through pc companion.

      • Xperia S(hit)

        05/31/2013 at 7:55 am

        i tried both ways but still nothing
        my pc companion says up to date & in my phone says i already got the latest update >_>

  22. Lazar

    05/30/2013 at 4:11 pm

    Update arrived in Serbia :D

  23. Kevin G.

    05/30/2013 at 5:55 pm

    JB is actually in Guatemala =)

  24. snh

    05/30/2013 at 6:09 pm

    No update in Australia yet. Friday 31 May 2013.

  25. Tutansalchicha

    05/30/2013 at 6:21 pm

    In México no update, I try using the update menu in phone. I need test in a few minutes using PC companion.

  26. yolem

    05/30/2013 at 6:49 pm

    Got the update just now here in the Philippines!

    • rcy182

      06/03/2013 at 1:13 am

      anong area ka po..bakit sa akin wala pa via pc companion?

  27. Jeremy Clark

    05/30/2013 at 6:58 pm

    update available in Malaysia using companion. better be good, or samsung here I come.

  28. Wezatteco

    05/30/2013 at 7:53 pm

    Update is on the Philippines now! Using PC companion.

  29. Nathan

    05/30/2013 at 8:07 pm

    Nothing in India! :(

  30. Cesar Alvarez (@cexarin88)

    05/30/2013 at 9:06 pm

    listo en Mexico!!

  31. Cesar Alvarez (@cexarin88)

    05/30/2013 at 9:10 pm

    The update is already in Mexico, your cellphone must be debrand

  32. Coops

    05/30/2013 at 9:46 pm

    Got the update in New Zealand. Up and running on my Xperia S. Looking good. Cheers

  33. kitzune113

    05/30/2013 at 10:09 pm

    This is also applicable for the Xperia SL right?

  34. rajat

    05/30/2013 at 10:15 pm

    i got d update on my xperia s SI no. 1261-5569

  35. Dior Hirai Ruado (@theDIORed)

    05/30/2013 at 11:16 pm

    So far what is so fascinating about the JB updated for Sony XS is fixing the camera auto focus problem, it has snapshot feature which takes pictures in .5 seconds, auto scene has been very sensitive in determining environment. The walkman feature has added options to look for the song in you tube (including lyrics), even to look for the song being played in google. Android beam (good news!) has been an added feature for this NTC capable device. Power management has been added to make sure data or wifi is not working if the phone screen is off (downloads though will continue till it’s finish), Google now works just fine, it gives you additional ‘cards’ to weather and whatever interest you have, google voice also is quite exciting (works like siri) will put additional if I can just have time to check out the other features..Hope someone can post an article or video of the added features as what I’m trying to discover would be the multi-tasking capability of JB in XS:) so far so good :) Follow me @thediored

  36. Dior Hirai Ruado (@theDIORed)

    05/30/2013 at 11:16 pm

    I got my JB update for Sony XS yesterday, I’m from the Philippines.

  37. David

    05/30/2013 at 11:47 pm

    PCC is telling me that the update is available but when i try to update its not working, when im om the step shen i press the volume down button and put in the usb, nothing happens :/ anyone else experiencing this? Whats the sulotion?

    • Dior Hirai Ruado (@theDIORed)

      05/31/2013 at 12:49 am

      Can you try to restart your laptop(or desktop) and phone device and do it all over again? I did mine twice as that step you mentioned has been a problem the first time I tried it

    • Sebastian

      05/31/2013 at 1:02 am

      Had the same issue with mine. Sony site says to unplug other usb devices coz it may be confusing PC companion

  38. Ankit

    05/30/2013 at 11:54 pm

    I got mu JB update in India.Yipeeeee…

    • Rohan

      05/31/2013 at 2:46 am

      Where do you live in india

  39. bill

    05/31/2013 at 2:11 am

    got mine in Pakistan:-)

    • Asjad

      06/01/2013 at 6:10 am

      where are you from ? -_-

      • bill

        06/01/2013 at 12:19 pm

        fsd

    • waqas

      06/09/2013 at 10:14 pm

      how ????

  40. Ricky L. Sayco

    05/31/2013 at 2:24 am

    I got mine! :) I am from the Philippines

  41. Sony Mobile

    05/31/2013 at 4:36 am

    i got ice cream & i put jelly beans on it and i ate it

  42. vishnu

    05/31/2013 at 5:23 am

    updated my sl to jellybean
    -India

  43. J

    05/31/2013 at 6:43 am

    Got the update in Vietnam. OTA update does not work, but when I plug in the phone to the computer with PC Companion, there’s notification for a new software.

  44. Celso

    05/31/2013 at 6:50 am

    Nothing here in Brazil! Let’s wait :)

  45. tutansalchicha

    05/31/2013 at 7:03 am

    I connect my xperia s to pc and pc companion not update the phone, and not display new update, i wait in ICS no JB in Mexico. I Have ICS unbrand.

  46. Pravin

    05/31/2013 at 10:22 am

    Reboot ur phone connecting to PC companion , you should see a notification for the update available.

  47. Sumon Mallick

    05/31/2013 at 11:38 am

    nothing happens in Bangladesh..

  48. عزة حسین (@IzadHusin)

    06/01/2013 at 8:43 am

    Still, nothing about Xperia ion.

  49. name

    06/01/2013 at 10:15 am

    Just finished updating my xperia sl with PCC in Romania. at first look it’s preaty nice.

  50. Md Firdous

    06/02/2013 at 3:47 pm

    Hello friends, I am a xperia sl user from india and just now I updete my phone to jelly bean. It was not shown in the update centre. I recommend all the user to follow these steps,
    1.connect the phone with the pc.
    2.Install the sony pc companion in the pc.
    3.connect pc to the internet.
    4.open the sony pc companion. Here it will show the model no. of your phone.
    5.here it will show the update if not then in below there is a tab named “support zone”, in this click on the “start” tab.
    wow, finally the update will be started. Now enjoy with the Jelly Bean.
    If you have get the update then plz pray for me…….by Md. Firdous. If any query is there then You can e-mail me by my id [email protected]. Thank you.

    • JB update

      06/02/2013 at 10:46 pm

      what carrier r u using??? me too from india… i tried same way but still i didnt get it….

  51. Mobile Tips and Tricks

    06/03/2013 at 4:00 am

    Here’s a video guide for getting the official Jelly Bean on any Sony Xperia S right now (including locked boot loaders) without losing warranty! :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_jLwaiGXi0

  52. Stallion

    06/03/2013 at 4:09 am

    Just Updated my Xperia S to JB.. – India

  53. MOHSIN ARAKKAL

    06/05/2013 at 1:54 am

    UPDATED MY XPERIA SL to JELLY BEAN yesterday – India (kerala-thrissur)

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