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Sony Reveals Grim Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Plans



It looks like there is bad news about for owners of 2011 Sony Xperia smartphones as Sony has seemingly closed the door on updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest operating system, in the future.

XperiaBlog has noticed that Sony has confirmed the bad news on its UK Facebook account with John Cooper, UK Product Manager for Sony Mobile saying that the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro will not be getting the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Sony has said that it has nothing to confirm as far as the Xperia S is concerned which means that the update still could come to that device as well as the Sony Xperia Ion which was recently released on AT&T in the United States.

The Sony Xperia arc S won’t get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

While Xperia S and Xperia Ion owners should remain optimistic, those who own the Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro should be feeling pretty down about the news and it’s hard to blame them as this truly is bad news.

Read: Jelly Bean Makes Galaxy Nexus Faster, Smoother & Smarter.

And while Cooper didn’t reveal bad news for any other specific devices, the Xperia arc S was the best-equipped Xperia smartphone of 2011 and that should mean that the update is out of the question for any of the other Xperia smartphones released in 2011.

So those who have bought the 2012 line of Xperia smartphones appear to be safe at this point though Sony could certainly end up changing its mind at some point down the road.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is replacing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as Google’s new mobile operating system and the software has already begun to roll out to some devices.

The software brings a host of new features along with it including Google Now, offline Voice dictation, better Voice search, and a smoother, faster user interface.




  1. John

    07/26/2012 at 4:17 pm

    How is it truly bad news? Truely bad? Like being robbed?

    Grow up. Owners of approaching 18 month old phones should not be surprised they do not get JB.

  2. Rob

    07/26/2012 at 5:14 pm

    Really John? The ARC S dindt even complete 12 months of life and has been bashed. The Google NEXUS from 2010 has been updated to Jelly bean with equal specs and SONY do this. Shame on you SONY, never again. CM10 here I GO.

    • Danyal

      07/27/2012 at 10:17 pm

      So we get ics after 1 year that too a buggy one? whats the point of 18months update when you will only see one update in the entire 18months? Hey Rob can you please guide me on how to unlock the bootloader on my arc s cause I want to install a custom rom also. I already have my phone rooted but dont know how to unlock the boot loader and install CWM on it. The default ics is just too buggy…

  3. Azes

    09/04/2012 at 5:48 am

    agrh!!!! arc s maybe not get jelly bean!!!…..;(

  4. Nanda Linn Aung (@NandaLinnAung)

    09/20/2012 at 12:07 am

    thats outrages. i am quite disappointed. I got this phone for less than 8 months. my phone is ARC S, with the power and speed, i think they can still be updated to JellyBean.
    quite disappointed, at least, they should keep their 18 months update issue.

    In fact, if Sony can honour their promises and let users to update for JB. 4.1.1

  5. asghar

    09/20/2012 at 11:27 pm

    its very bad decision of sony to couldnt launched jelly bean in arc s.
    shame on u sony

  6. Harith

    10/13/2012 at 7:13 am

    Xperia s must gt JB!!! It was once the flagship phone of Sony! Has a dual core processor too!

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