Sony (previously Sony Ericsson) has bad news about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for 2011 Xperia handset owners. LG Optimus owners also have their share of heartbreaking news on Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Sony earlier announced that its 2011 Xperia handsets will receive an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandiwch, albeit a little late on the delivery. Now it has revealed that its Xperia arc S and Xperia mini pro devices will not get an official Android Jelly Bean treatment.
John Cooper, UK Product Manager for Sony Mobile, answered questions on Sony UK’s official Facebook page that the arc S and mini pro will not receive an Android 4.1 update. Cooper, however, did not mention if other models will get the upgrade.
The handsets have similar chipsets, with the former having an overclocked processor, which highly suggests that the entire 2011 Xperia lineup will pass on Android Jelly Bean.
With regards to 2012 Xperia handsets, Cooper said Sony is still going over handsets that are “the best for the Jelly Bean update” and promised it will announce its decision on Facebook once finished.
If no Jelly Bean is heartbreaking for 2011 Xperia owners, LG Canada also has one for LG Optimus 2X and Optimus Black: no official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The dual-core LG Optimus 2X was likely to receive Ice Cream Sandwich during the second quarter but was later on moved to the third quarter, while the Optimus Black was originally set to receive ICS this third quarter. Things have gone for the worst as ICS for both is now off the list in Canada.
On a positive note, the statement sent through tweets did not make it clear if this is a global announcement so keep your fingers crossed that you will not get stuck on Gingerbread.
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