It’s tough not to feel at least a little sorry for Android manufacturers, juggling updates for their many, many devices and inevitably facing a minor backlash when they decide it’s not worth the hassle for certain handsets.
The latest manufacturer to take to the Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) podium is Sony, and while some Xperia users are satisfied with the official yelling, a small group at the back with less capable handsets has been left in tears. One guy with an Xperia U even threw a tomato.
At the top of the chain, the Sony Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V are all set to see Jelly Bean from February and March next year.
Next, we have the Sony Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go scheduled for Jelly Bean action “from the end of March”. The Sony Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion and Xperia acro S will follow “in the subsequent weeks”.
Sadly, it’s bad news for the Sony Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola, as they’ll officially remain on Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
Over on the Sony Mobile Blog, some guy called Anthony explains: “The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM.
“In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.
“Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro , Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.”
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