It was just a few days ago when a number of Sony smartphone owners were feeling left out of the Android party, much like owners of the HTC Desire HD (no longer with ICS), when they were informed via official Sony channels that gadgets including the Xperia Arc S and Mini Pro would not be getting the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade.
Sony’s Product Manager had previously announced on the company’s Facebook that “Unfortunately Arc S won’t be getting the Jelly Bean update, but we’re always developing new phones and making sure they get the latest updates.”
These comments made on the mobile manufacturer’s official social presence by PM John Cooper have now been retracted by the tech titan, which has revised the statement, advising upset and disappointed customers that the earlier remarks were made in ‘error’ and that Sony is in fact looking into delivering “upgrades for all devices”.
However, despite the renewed optimism this new statement does not confirm that all devices will actually get the Android 4.1 upgrade which first arrived with the Google Nexus 7 tablet last month.
The Xperia Arc S and Mini Pro are carryovers from Sony’s partnership with Ericsson and still carry the tag-team’s branding. The handsets were upgradable to the current Android revision, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the former comments that slipped out regarding no update to Jelly Bean might signify these models are on the way out, with the likes of the impressive self-branded Xperia S, P and U and future offerings being the sole focus for Sony moving forward.