A few days ago we were saying that Sony had cast doubt on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) for the 2011 Xperia range, having specifically ruled out the Xperia Arc S and Xperia mini pro during a Facebook Q&A session.
However, that still leaves eight Ice Cream Sandwich-rockin’ Sony Ericsson devices from 2011 unaccounted for, and Sony has told us to stay tuned.
Here's our thinking: the fact that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S won’t be upgraded to Jelly Bean doesn’t bode well for the rest of the range, as it has the highest specs.
We contacted Sony for clarification and were initially told: “At the present time we do not have any information regarding new product developments and could only discuss any new products once they have been announced to the public.”
I cheekily stressed: “I'm not asking about ‘new product developments’; I'm asking about existing products - specifically the 2011 Xperia range. My question is: can we infer that none of the Xperia range will be upgraded to Jelly Bean, since the Xperia Arc S has the highest specs?
“Two possible answers here: 1. That's correct; none of the 2011 Xperia range will be upgraded to Jelly Bean. 2. An announcement will be made with regards to the remainder of the 2011 Xperia range in due course.”
Sony’s subsequent reply reads: “Unfortunately the answer would be the latter that an announcement is yet to be made on which handsets will be receiving the Jellybean update.
“We apologise that we cannot provide any further updates at this current time but any information regarding this will be posted on our product blog as soon as it becomes official.”
So if you’re the proud owner of (deep breath) an Xperia Arc, Xperia Neo or Neo V, Xperia mini, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active, Xperia Ray or Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, Jelly Bean hasn’t been ruled out officially. Yet.