Sony were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for their 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, they have concluded 2011 models will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.
Their reasoning is...
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.
So that's the bad news... the good news?
Sony can confirm the global versions of Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia V, Xperia S, Xperia Acro S, Xperia Ion, Xperia P, Xperia Go and Xperia J will be upgraded to Android 4.1
Xperia T, TX and V will receive Jellybean from Q1 2013. The other mentioned devices will receive updates in due course.
There are however some 2012 devices that are currently in limbo, upgrade unknown - the Xperia U, Sola, Miro and Tipo.
Opinions? The 2011 range reasoning leaves a sour taste in my mouth, Sony should allow all 2011 devices to be fully unlocked if they are unwilling to support them past Android 4.0.
[Via: Sony Mobile]