Sony Xperia phones may get Jelly Bean

Previous Facebook post saying they wouldn't was made in error

August 1, 2012
Sony Xperia Arc S

Sony has moved to correct an erroneous statement regarding the possible roll out of the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, to its 2011 phones.

As you’re probably aware, the roll out of Ice Cream Sandwich to various Xperia handsets is already well underway, but owners were disappointed by a post on Facebook last week, which quashed the idea of Jelly Bean coming to Xperia smartphones which were out last year.

Sony posted on its blog to clarify that this post was, in fact, a mistake – although it didn’t say for sure that Jelly Bean is coming to 2011 Xperia models.

The statement read: “A quick note – during a Q&A session last week on our Sony Mobile GB Facebook page, a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.”

“We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned.”

So in other words, it’s not a definite no yet, and the company is looking into the possibility of upgrades being pushed out.

Owners of slightly older Xperia models can keep their fingers crossed that they will see Jelly Bean, complete with its smooth running courtesy of Project Butter. But they still have to prepare themselves to be disappointed, potentially.

Particularly if there is some underlying fire which caused the “smoky” Facebook post to be made in the first place.


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