The Sony Xperia S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update, which Sony has promised by the end of May, took a bit of a turn today with a Sony Mobile employee hinting that while the update could definitely still roll out in May, there is a chance that it could arrive in June.
In April, Sony confirmed several Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for the end of June including the Sony Xperia Ion update and the long-awaited Sony Xperia S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. The company did not give out any specifics in terms of dates, only stating that the software would land by the end of May.
Up until today, all signs pointed to that certainly being the case. However, a Sony Mobile employee from Russia has now thrown some doubt behind the update’s arrival.
In a series of tweets, first discovered by XperiaBlog, Sony Mobile Russia employee Dmitry Lazarev says that the Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean update may not land until the second half of June. It’s not clear if he is referring to the update’s arrival in Russia or the update’s arrival on the whole. He goes on to add though that there is “no reason for the delay” and that the “firmware is actually ready and actively tested.”
Furthermore, he claims that the software could role out earlier than his June proclamation. So, at this point, while this is certainly a scare for Sony Xperia S owners, it’s not confirmation of a delay. In fact, it’s still possible that the update will roll out in May, even for those that are in possession of a Sony Xperia S in Russia.
Keep in mind, we also saw a number of Sony employees make proclamations about the release of the Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean update, only to see them fall flat on their face. So at this point, we still expect the Sony Xperia S update to roll out as planned, sometime before the end of May.
At that point, unbranded users should get their upgrade with users on specific carriers following in the weeks after. Carriers have yet to issue specific release dates for the roll outs and we don’t expect to see those emerge until after the roll out begins.
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