Sony could yet make Jelly Bean available for its 2011 smartphone portfolio, it has emerged, after the phone-maker seemed to rule out upgrades for last year’s Xperia handsets.
Earlier this week, a Sony rep disclosed that the Xperia Arc S and the Xperia Mini Pro will not be getting an update to Android 4.1. That followed Sony’s announcement from June that the Xperia Play is going to be left on the outside looking in when it comes to Jelly Bean.
However, today Xperia Arc S and Mini Pro owners might just have reason to cheer. According to a statement from Sony, the list of phones to be upgraded isn’t yet set in stone, meaning they could still be enjoying the up to the minute version of Google's OS on their phone at some point in future.
Sony stated: “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.”
Sony’s amended line on its update plan comes after a slew of piqued Xperia S and Mini Pro owners took to social networking sites to express their outrage.