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No Jelly Bean update for 2011 Sony smartphones, Xperia ion and others must wait until 2013

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Xperia ion
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Sony has just announced which of its 2012 smartphones that will receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The full list follows:

Some of this year's low-end models, including the Xperia U, Miro, and Tipo, are missing from the list, and the company's entire 2011 lineup will not be upgraded past Ice Cream Sandwich. Sony says that its latest smartphones, the Xperia T, TX, and V, will be upgraded in Q1 2013, but the manufacturer hasn't given any indication when the rest of the models will receive their updates.

The news will disappoint many, but Sony says that it "would not be able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand." It's pledged to continue supporting all of the apparently unupgradable handsets with firmware updates in the future. We first heard that Sony was abandoning its 2011 lineup back in July, when a Sony UK product manager revealed the news via Facebook. The company promptly issued a statement denying that it had made its mind up on Android 4.1 upgrades, but it turns out that it was just a matter of time before fans were to be disappointed. Jelly Bean was announced back in June of this year, but Sony has yet to bring Google's latest mobile OS to any of its smartphones.