Sony backtracks on 2011 Xperia handsets not getting Jelly Bean, said the comment was an error

Ian Hardy

July 31, 2012 9:59 am


This is a breath of fresh air for those who have a 2011 Sony Xperia smartphone. Last week Sony held a Q&A session on Facebook and the moderator noted that the 2011 Xperia smartphone, namely the arc S and the mini Pro would not be upgraded to OS 4.1 Jelly Bean. This, as expected, caused a backlash from the community. Now days later Sony has posted a message on their company blog on the issue, stating the comment was made by “a local spokesperson gave information out in error.” However, this doesn’t mean that Jelly Bean is coming to the 2011 Xperia devices, but Sony is “actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices” and plans to give more guidance in a couple weeks.

Full statement below:

“Hello everyone,
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.

As always, feel free to drop a question below and keep your eyes fixed on the blog, as 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.”

Source: Sony

  • Drew Moreberry

    The comment wasn’t an error. They were hoping people wouldn’t complain as much as they did. People got upset and now they need to backtrack as not doing so will cannibalize sales more than pushing out the JB update will do. They(and other companies) are worried that Jelly Bean makes android smooth enough that people will hold off on getting new phones a bit longer.

    • RIMPIRE

      rim?

  • Whattttt

    Sony Android phones are the absolute worst… more so than LG.

    • JC Denton

      Wrong. Sony doesn’t make buggy phones that miss calls and take 6 months to fix them. LG does.

  • andy c

    i really want to like sony’s smartphones.

    good hardware design
    good screens
    good cameras
    non offensive android skin

    just stop cheaping out on outdated processors and ship with the latest android version and they would sell tons

  • pisidan

    Oh big surprise..sony wont supporr upgrade after they said they would..typical sony which is why after x10 i wont touch a sony cell ever again with all their lies and broken promises. Sooner or later people will learn not to buy sony

  • john

    it appears the hacker group anonymous has struck again

  • ruddias

    Sigh. Let the games begin..
    Sony, stick to one statement. We all know you won’t update those phones to 4.1. You’re only making things worse for your customers.

  • peter

    were talking about 4.1 im still waiting on 4.0 on my xperia pro and pro mini. and who knows when they will be out. no thanks to fido and rogers as they are almost last to do any update.

  • Pritam

    I have Xperia Arc S and i am glad to hear that 2011 xperia’s have a chance for JB update… Sony first stated that they ll give 18 months support for all their phones. Arc S was out in 2011 Oct, not even 1 year old. If they are not giving JB to a high end handset like Arc s, that means none of the 2011 xperia will get the update… But now that there is some hope for JB, This is a grt news…:)

  • Jim

    Yep, Xperia Pro owner here, really regret buying Sony. It’s a buggy piece of junk. Never mind Jelly Bean, I’m still waiting for ICS to be rolled out to my phone! They’ve been “rolling it out” since May. Then they announced they were “rolling it out” again at the beginning of August. It’s now mid-September, and still no update. They aren’t even using the normal OTA update, you’ve got to install their buggy software on your computer to update.

    Their customer support is useless, they tell you it’s been released, you point out it hasn’t, they tell you they are rolling it out, they aren’t, then you ask them for a date, and they don’t have an answer.

    I feel like a mug for buying Sony. They are totally uninterested in supporting customers after they’ve already got your money.