Sony backpeddles on Jelly Bean promises

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Sony is taking back statements it made about the next Android update for its smartphone line.

During an event at a Facebook-centric conference, Sony product manager John Cooper said that the Arc S and the Xperia Mini Pro would be among the devices eligible to be upgraded to Android version 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean.

However, the next day, it backpeddled.

"A local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones," the company wrote in a blog post.

"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 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.