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Sony Xperia T won’t get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean until next year

There's even worse news for owners of 2011 Xperia phones
Mon Oct 22 2012, 12:13
Sony Xperia T screen

JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has probably ruffled the feathers of a few Sony Xperia T owners over the weekend by announcing that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean won't be coming until next year.

Sony announced the news in a blog post, telling owners of its latest flagship Android handset that they could be waiting until next March for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Sony said, "Our latest models, Xperia T and Xperia TX are shipping across global markets as you read this post, and Xperia V is on the way shortly - these smartphones will begin to receive the upgrade to Jelly Bean from mid-Q1 2013."

The blog post continues to deliver more bad news. Sony also revealed that Xperia phones launched in 2011 - including the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Xperia Ray - will not get an update to Google's latest mobile operating system.

Sony blamed this on possible software issues, saying, "We would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand."

Still, it's better news for those who bought a Sony phone this year. Sony added that the Xperia S, Xperia Acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia go and Xperia J will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, although there's no word on a release date yet.

However, given that Xperia T owners are going to have to wait until next year, don't expect it to arrive anytime soon.

Samsung might be feeling pretty smug following Sony's announcement, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets on O2 and Vodafone today. µ


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