News by Andrew Kameka on Friday October 19, 2012.
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Sony today confirmed what many consumers had feared - the 2011 line of Xperia devices will not be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean because Sony does not believe the hardware can handle the newer version of Android. The disappointing news comes after Sony confirmed that several of its 2012 Xperia Android phones will be updated to Jelly Bean.
Owners of phones like the Xperia arc S, Xperia neo V, and Xperia ray will have to be content to use Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, because that will be the latest platform version of Android those devices will run. Sony released the following statement to explain why it decided not to update the 2011 line of Xperia phones to Android 4.1:
We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.
Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not 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.source: Sony
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