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



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

17. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

2. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

That's why I hate android

4. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

no! thats why we hate Sony!

13. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

iOS is much better in updates than android.

18. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

22. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

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 :)

5. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 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

7. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

8. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

11. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 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!!

15. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 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

6. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

And i never expected it to be updated.

10. Grishm

Posts: 54; Member since: May 18, 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.

12. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I think JB use more ressources than ICS.

14. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well I don't expected them to Custom ROM camp like always !!!!

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

19. RedFox

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 25, 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 :(

20. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

21. jack1059

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 31, 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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