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No Jelly Bean for Sony Xperia phones until 2013

No Jelly Bean for Sony Xperia phones until 2013

Sony has confirmed that its flagship Sony Xperia T handset won't be getting the upgrade to Jelly Bean until February 2013 at the earliest.

Also getting the Android 4.1 update at around the same time is the Sony Xperia V.

The company hasn't explained what the hold up is, but it does add that Android 4.1 will be coming to a host of other Xperias.

Getting the sugary update at some point next year are the Sony Xperia S, Xperia acro, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia Go and Xperia J.

There's no time-frame for this yet, and roll-outs will vary by country.

Play 'em out, keyboard cat

Unfortunately for those of you with older Xperia phones, the Jelly Bean dream has crumbled and died.

In the same blog post, Sony announced that "after thorough evaluation, we have concluded [the 2011 Xperia portfolio] will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich".

There was a bit of a hoo-hah over the 2011 Xperia line-up when it appeared in July that the company had given up on them, leaving them to languish on Ice Cream Sandwich forevermore.

Then Sony changed its mind, saying that the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Mini Pro and the rest of the 2011 gang could yet get Jelly Bean as the company was "actively investigating" what was what.

But it turned out that what was what was that there is no hope of an official update for the older handsets. Time for a new phone?

Report: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display price revealed

Report: 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display price revealed

Even though Apple hasn't said a word about a 13-inch MacBook Pro revamp to include a Retina screen, that hasn't stopped speculation about the rumored device from continuing to sprout up.

Reports of the new laptop first surfaced this summer, though no such device was released alongside the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro when that product launched last June.

More whispers of a 13-inch model continued to arise, with the latest indication pointing to Apple gearing up for production earlier this month.

Adding more fuel to the fire are reports Friday of actual pricing for the smaller MacBook Pro, indicating Apple may be ready to formally introduce the new laptop.

Base model to start at $1,699?

Sources speaking with 9to5Mac are reporting the price for the 13-inch Retina MacBook will start at $1,699 (UK£1,061, AU$1,645).

That would make the new model some $500 (UK£312, AU$483) more expensive than the standard 13-inch version, but would also start it out at the same amount less than the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

Those same sources also indicated the higher-end model of the 13-inch laptop will come in at $200-$300 (UK£124-£187, AU$193-$290) more, which would still keep it under the base price of the 15-inch version.

Many believe the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will debut along with other smaller devices like the iPad Mini and possibly a new Mac mini at an Apple event Oct. 23.

Any new laptop announcements would certainly take a bite out of Microsoft's own Oct. 26 Windows 8 release.

With a few short days to go until Apple's event, we won't have much longer to wait to find out what Cupertino has in store.

32GB Nexus 7 seemingly picked up at stateside office supply store

32GB Nexus 7 seemingly picked up at stateside office supply store

The mythical 32GB Google Nexus 7 appears to be very real and has made its way into the wild.

After a series of Big Foot like reports about the pumped-up Android tablet surfaced, a reader named Shaun tipped off The Verge with photos "proving" his new 32GB Nexus 7 exists.

He was able to score the Asus-made tablet at a Staples in Kissimmee, Fla.

The 32GB model runs $249.99 (UK£156/AU$242), but Shaun was able to trade in his 8GB model and pay the difference for the upgrade.

32GB Nexus 7 screen

In the end he had to pay about $50 (UK£31/AU$48) for the new tablet, according to pictures of his receipt.

From the photos he sent, it looks like the new Nexus runs Android 4.1.1 and has about 28GB of available space. Also there was no $25 (UK£16/AU$24) Google Play gift certificate included.

What next for Nexus

There have been questions about how the 32GB Nexus 7 would fit into Google's tablet lineup when rumors of its existence were circling the web earlier this month.

The tablet debuted with a 8GB model priced at $199 (UK£124/AU$192) and a $249 (UK£156/AU$242) 16GB version.

Some thought the 32GB Nexus 7 would replace the 16GB version since they are now at the same price point.

But Android Police dredged up an internal photo from Staples that look to show that the 16GB model will be bumped down and Google will do away with the 8GB model.

But how much the newly branded 16GB Nexus 7 will cost now is unclear at the moment.

Bye-bye 8GB

The photo also suggests that the 8GB model will go on clearance on Oct. 30. Good news for those looking to snatch up the low-end device for a low price before it disappears.

Discontinuing 8GB Nexus 7

But it looks like the 8GB versions will be hard to come by in physical stores, according to Android Police.

Not many brick and mortar stores carry the 8GB Nexus 7 anymore, so those looking to get a good deal will have to do call a few office supply stores to track one down.

Google might sell the 8GB model online, but that seems unlikely.

TechRadar got reports that the 32GB Nexus 7 was accidentally shipped to a few customers just last week. We also saw the high-end model pop up on a few retailer sites. One site even had an Oct. 24 ship date for the product.

Google has stayed mum on the whole issue. But the search giant is expected to break the silence during its Oct. 29 Android event in New York.


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