Sony Mobile has confirmed earlier speculation that the 2011 range of Sony Xperia devices will NOT be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony says that it would not be able to “guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.”
What we don’t understand is that we already went through this heartache before when a Sony Mobile UK employee said that these devices wouldn’t get Android 4.1. However, Sony Mobile then came out with an official statement a few days later to say that this was an error and that they were “actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices”. It sounds like Sony had a pretty clear idea at that moment, but what that follow-up statement did was give people hope. Now Sony can expect a backlash all over again. Very odd decision making.