Sony shines when it comes to software support. The older Sony Xperia lineups of smartphones have been receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update which is very remarkable, but recently Sony shocked us when a local spokesperson on Sony Mobile GB Facebook page claimed that the 2011 lineup of Xperia smartphones won’t be receiving upgrade to the latest version of Android operating system, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The statement was pretty confusing as Jelly Bean is almost equivalent to Ice Cream Sandwich when it comes to usage of resources and most of these devices have been receiving updates to Android 4.0 ICS. Bringing Jelly Bean to a device which supports Ice Cream Sandwich is relatively an easier task for the manufacturer as Android 4.1 doesn’t require any extra computing power to make it work. Well, that’s a bad news, but Sony was quick enough to sort out the confusion by posting officially on their blog. Below is an excerpt from official blog:
“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.”
According to the blog post, it appears that the spokesperson was indeed wrong and he made the claims “in error”. The official Sony Xperia Product Blog explains that the company is still “actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices.” Besides, Sony is still in the process of updating 2011 Xperia smartphones and Xperia S to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Once the whole line up gets Ice Cream Sandwich, the company will think about bringing Jelly Bean to those devices.
Though the statement suggests that they are in the process of testing Jelly Bean on their handsets, there’s no guarantee that it will make it to 2011 Xperia models. There are many instances in which the manufacturer feels the hardware set of a device wouldn’t deliver the performance that the device owner expects from his phone, and hence sometimes the manufacturer prefers to stick to the older version of operating system, which was the case with HTC Desire HD as well. Nevertheless, it’s good to know that Sony is still looking into performing the update and there’s a lot of hope still left. It’s not known as to when Sony will make a decision regarding Jelly Bean, but we will keep our eyes open for any information that pops up.