Sony's 2011 Xperia phones might get Jelly Bean

Posted by Mark Raby

Sony's line of Xperia phones from last year might be eligible for the latest version of Android.

However, that call has not yet been officially made. The company is backpeddling after it announced earlier that no Xperia devices released in 2011 would be getting the upgrade.

Sony said that it is "actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices."

The Jelly Bean upgrade could be considered a minor update for the Android platform, which is why it only brings the version number up to 4.1 instead of 5.0.

The most functional aspect of the update is that it looks different depending on the kind of device, so 7-inch tablets have a different presentation of Jelly Bean than 10-inch tablets or smartphones.

Among the updates are increased enhancements to the speed and performance of Android, new and sleeker widgets for the home screen, expandable notifications, and a more user-friendly app for viewing and deleting photos.

It also offers a new touchscreen keyboard for even more seamless text input, as well as new features for the ever-growing list of near field communication (NFC) devices, allowing users to tap phones together to enable things like photo sharing.