Sony backtracks on Jelly Bean for 2011 phones

Yesterday we reported that Jelly Bean upgrades for 2011 Xperia phones were unlikely. Today, it seems like they might happen. Confused? Of course you are.

And so are we. During a Facebook Q&A yesterday, John Cooper, UK product manager for Sony Mobile, claimed that the Arc S and the MIni Pro would not be feeling the Jelly Bean love. As the Xperia Arc S is the most advanced Xperia of 2011, the presumption was that all 2011 Xperia phones would remain on their current Android platform.

Obviously this wasn't the official company line and within hours of that statement, the official Sony Mobile Blog said something completely different.

It described Mr Cooper's words as those of 'a local spokesperson', adding: '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.'

The blog continued: 'We’ll be bringing you more on our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia P and other 2012 Xperia smartphones over the next couple of weeks.'

It sounds like no decision has been made. It also sounds like Sony is not in a position to start any kind of rollout of Jelly Bean if the company is still 'investigating' the new Android platform.

So look out for an official statement in the future. We suspect that will not be for quite some time, especially as the company is still talking about Ice Cream Sandwich updates.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

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