Sony has officially confirmed that its flagship smartphone of 2011, the Arc S, will not receive an upgrade to the latest Android 4.1 - aka Jelly Bean.
The Arc S, which is only 10 months old, will be stuck with the slightly dated but still very snappy Ice Cream Sandwich iteration of Google’s OS, as will the Xperia Mini Pro, the phone-maker confirmed via Facebook.
"Unfortunately Arc S won't be getting the Jelly Bean update," Sony product manager John Cooper posted, "but we're always developing new phones and making sure they get the latest updates."
The news will no doubt come as a major disappointment to owners, but it is hardly surprising, as manufacturers increasingly move toward a single major update policy for their handsets, with yearly refreshes becoming the norm.
Meanwhile, Xperia Play owners who were holding out hope they might finally be elevated from dusty old Gingerbread are still out of luck, as Cooper confirmed “there aren't any planned updates” for the gaming-focussed phone.
Perhaps more worryingly, there was no assurance whether the Xperia S will be getting some Jelly Bean action soon.
“We currently don't have anything to announce regarding Jelly Bean for the Xperia S,” said Cooper, adding Sony is “currently reviewing which handsets are the best for the Jelly Bean update.
So there you have it. No Jelly Bean update for any Sony kits released last year, and although it hasn’t been yet, we definitely expect an upgrade to hit the Xperia S in the coming months.
We’ll let you know when we have more details. So stay sharp.