By Jonathan Charles | Aug 07, 2012 10:47 AM EDT
A recent question-and-answer session with a Sony employee on Facebook revealed that Sony Xperia Android smartphones would not get an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. Sony has since published a blog post claiming that the information is an "error," and the company is investigating the possibility of upgrades.
"We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned," Sony said. The company also added that it will provide additional information on Ice Cream Sandwich for Xperia P and "other 2012 Xperia smartphones over the next couple of weeks". It remains unclear why the company's representative released the incorrect information on Facebook.
Users may also wonder why 2011 devices have been left out of recent updates, considering that Google's flagship device, the 2011 Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, got 4.1 Jelly Bean.
While Sony has confirmed that it is considering updating its devices, Samsung has not shared word on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Its users could be frozen out of getting the latest version of Android, despite the phone's release on May 29. Recent rumors appear to have shed some light on the issue.
HTC meanwhile has said that its devices, including the Desire HD, will be getting an update to Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.
Manufacturers continue to dance around Android updates, despite Google rolling out the updates almost day-and-date alongside product launches. Recent data revealed that Ice Cream Sandwich has almost 20 percent of the share of Android devices, while Jelly Bean has under 1 percent. Gingerbread, Android 2.3 from 2010, retains 60 percent of the share of Android devices.
For a roundup of manufacturers updating (and not updating) devices, read mobilenapps.com's coverage.
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