Sony has taken to its official blog to announce plans for releasing Jelly Bean to its phones released in 2012. The list of phones receiving the update is quite large. That being said, there might be some disappointed individuals with phones released in 2011 who will not be getting some delicious Jelly Beans on their smartphones.
First, Sony has confirmed that the Xperia T and Xperia TX, which are in process of shipping to market as we speak, will be receiving an update to Jelly Bean in the middle of Q1 2013. So if you run out to your local retailer and grab one, it will have ICS on it at first, but at least you know that Jelly Bean is coming along shortly thereafter. This is fantastic news for Xperia fans and people going out to grab Sony's latest devices.
Sony also confirmed that the Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will receive Jelly Bean updates. However, for these phones, Sony did not have a timeline available. Sony says they will announce a timeframe for these phones to receive Jelly Bean "in due course."
The last bit of news from Sony is not so good. They announced that all 2011 Xperia models will not receive Jelly Bean updates. They said that after thorough evaluation, updating beyond Android 4.0.4 would bring a less than positive user experience. Of course, they will continue to support these phones with firmware maintenance releases.