Sony has let the world know that some of its Xperia smartphones introduced this year will not be upgraded to Android Jelly Bean and, thus, are going to remain running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The handsets that won’t taste Jelly Bean are: Xperia U, Xperia Sola (pictured below), Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Tipo Dual. While the Miro and Tipo have 800MHz processors – and perhaps that’s why they’ll be stuck on ICS – the Xperia U and Xperia Sola are both dual-core handsets, so the lack of future JB updates for them is a bit surprising.
Bad news aside, Sony mentioned that Jelly Bean upgrade plans for the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the recently-launched Xperia V “are progressing as planned.” This means the smartphones should get the updates starting February or March.
After that, Sony intends to bring Jelly Bean to the Xperia P, Xperia J, and Xperia Go (starting late March). The Xperia Ion, Xperia S, Xperia SL, and Xperia acro S should all receive updated as early as April next year.
Sony promises to bring more details on its Android Jelly Bean upgrade plans “in the New Year.”
Earlier this month, Sony unveiled its first smartphone to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box: the Xperia E, which will be available in January 2013.