Sony Mobile is denying reports it has decided against upgrading smartphones including the Xperia Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro to run Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) new Android 4.1 operating system (a.k.a. Jelly Bean), stating it is exploring updates for all devices in its portfolio.
"We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our [Android 4.0] Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned," reads a post on the Sony Xperia Product Blog. Sony added it will release new details on its Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade schedule in the weeks ahead.
Sony clarifed its Jelly Bean plans in response to comments made late last week by a spokesperson participating in a Q&a session on the Sony Mobile GB Facebook page. "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," the spokesperson said, subsequently adding "the Xperia Mini Pro won't be getting Jelly Bean."
Sony reports the Xperia Arc (pictured) and other Xperia devices will get Android 4.1.
The Facebook Q&a fueled speculation that Sony does not plan to migrate any of its 2011 Xperia devices to the latest Android iteration. Not so, Sony explained: "[The] local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones."
Android Jelly Bean, unveiled in late June during Google's annual I/O developer conference, promises a smoother and more responsive UI across the system, highlighted by triple buffering in the graphics pipeline for more consistent rendering as well as synchronized touch to reduce latency. Jelly Bean also brings a revamped homescreen that automatically adapts to fit content along with Google Now, which includes personalized information like local weather and traffic updates.
Google kicked off the Android Jelly Bean rollout earlier this month when it pushed the update to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Google vows all Galaxy Nexus handsets will receive the update in the near future. also in line to upgrade: Samsung's Nexus S and Motorola Xoom as well as the Nexus 7 tablet, jointly developed by Google and Asus, which ships with Jelly Bean pre-installed.
Although most manufacturers have remained mum on their Android Jelly Bean plans, HTC has confirmed it will upgrade its One X, One XL and One S devices, including carrier versions of the One X and One S offered to U.S. subscribers via AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA.
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