Sony has ruled out an update to the latest version of Android for all Xperia phones released in 2011, leaving owners stranded on the older Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google’s smartphone software.
The handset-maker announced it has no plans to upgrade the arc and arc S, Play, neo, neo V, mini, mini pro, pro, active, ray and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman via a post on the official Sony Mobile blog.
The decision was apparently taken after a “thorough evaluation” found that smartphones, which pack less processing power than newer Xperia models, would not have offered what Sony considered a satisfactory user experience once Jelly Bean was installed.
Sony stated: “Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand.
“We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.”
There’s better news for would-be buyers of forthcoming Sony Xperia handsets, though. Sony now expects to starting pushing out Jelly Bean to the Xperia T, TX and V from “mid Q1 2013”.
Meanwhile, currently available Xperia phones released this year – that’s the Xperia S, acro S, ion, P, go and J – are also on course for a bump to Android 4.1, with Sony pledging to announce “detailed timings for these in due course”.
Sony Mobile blog