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Sony's last year Xperia smartphones not getting Jelly Bean update?

Sony's last year Xperia smartphones not getting Jelly Bean update?
Sony’s last year Xperia smartphones won’t get updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s the logical assumption one can arrive at after Sony UK product manager John Cooper confirmed that the best model for 2011, the Sony Xperia arc S won’t get the update. The logic here is that if the flagship doesn’t get it, inferior models won’t get the update too. 

There is no official statement from Sony yet regarding the Jelly Bean update, but the comments from the Sony UK product manager don’t bring any good news. So far, Cooper specifically confirmed that the Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro won’t be getting the update.

The 2012 models, though, seemingly should get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

What’s disappointing here is that while ICS was a huge update requiring a lot of work from manufacturers, Jelly Bean is generally much lighter and with less core changes, and subsequently less work required to bring it to devices. Sony has earlier promised an 18-month support cycle for its products.

source: Sony UK via Xperia blog

Sony's last year Xperia smartphones not getting Jelly Bean update?

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posted on 27 Jul 2012, 03:35 3

1. Birds (Posts: 991; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well....Is it all that surprising? Who can be mad? Just get the Sola or U.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 11:28

17. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


well, not mad at all, custom ROM is always there :)

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 04:33 3

2. IamYourFather6657 (Posts: 321; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


That's why I hate android

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 04:49

4. buggerrer (Posts: 287; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


no! thats why we hate Sony!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:52 1

13. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


iOS is much better in updates than android.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 13:28

18. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Root.....flash new rom. Don't hate a OS cause you choose not to use it to it's full potential. Even placing blame on the OS that has no say in if you get a update or no. Sony does. Buy a Nexus device if you want to make sure you get the updates.

posted on 31 Jul 2012, 02:24

22. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Nexus isn't always the best choice. It's only advantage over other android handsets are the updates.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 04:46 1

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


Android : to access Google now, press and hold home button and pull up
Sony : I can't arc s is using PHYSICAL BUTTONS...
Android : sad, then no jelly bean for you :)

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 05:25

5. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


thats y i hate android........come on jelly bean is much faster and better and requires low specs than ice cream sandwich...........then y

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 05:53 2

7. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Why does everyone blame it on Android? Look, Android is just the software. It can't update itself, and neither can Google. Sony is the one you should be pointing your hate at. They're the ones who chose not to push out the update for it, not Google. Google just gives out the software, it's the manufacturers choice if they want to give it to their devices or not.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 05:56 5

8. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Don't blame Sony. They said they will support devices for up to 18 Months. Xperia 2011 models were announced at January 2011. Their life cycle is supposed to end at June-July 2012.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:01 2

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4023; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


True, Sony did stick to their word I guess. Just a shame that even though the Arc S is capable of running Jelly Bean perfectly fine it won't get it.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:48 1

11. Reverence (Posts: 224; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


thats the only way sony can earn profits.......arc s is better than sola and U and still its not getting.......nd btw they dont support their devices for 18 months nd this can be seen from xperia play!!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:21

15. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Arc S is not better than Sola or U. They both have Dual Core SoCs with Mali 400 GPU which is much better than the Scorpion S2 SoC and Adreno 205 GPU.

Xperia Play was another case. You should blame Google for incompatibility with games. Sony released a ROM for the Xperia Play and could've "EASILY" updated it because it has the same hardware as the 2011 Xperia line but they didn't because much more people would've complained about games not working

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 05:38 6

6. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


And i never expected it to be updated.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:36 2

10. Grishm (Posts: 52; Member since: 18 May 2012)


Well, one cannot simply expect the OEMs to keep updating the phones forever. On the same note, Sony did a nice job updating most of its devices.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:48 1

12. smallworld (Posts: 438; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I think JB use more ressources than ICS.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:10 3

14. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Well I don't expected them to

Custom ROM camp like always !!!!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 10:34

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6510; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


You guys CAN'T SCREW WITH THE CONSUMER that spends his/her hard end money on phone like this SONY and that goes with the rest of the MANUFACTURE

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 07:20

19. RedFox (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Simply .... i don't like that ,
i think that the 18 month promised by sony is not finished yet ,
So they must keep updating the devices + ics on my xperia is so lagy :(

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 08:08

20. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Just when we were saying Sony had this OS update thing by the balls, they are now losing it

posted on 29 Jul 2012, 11:39

21. jack1059 (Posts: 72; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Crazy for sony. Despite the potential difficulties of upgrading, its expected that you get upgrades to the next major OS release. Generally the longer you can keep the upgrades going, the more confidence the consumer has in your product. With the inverse true for lack of consumer confidence. Nothing says s#$%w you customer, more than no upgrades. You'd of thought they had this figured out by now.

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