Sony on Monday said it’s ditching the Jelly Bean update for Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo and Xperia sola owners, leaving them in Ice Cream Sandwich purgatory. (Admittedly, saying that aloud, out of context, doesn’t sound so bad.) The company said that, among a number of handsets getting Jelly Bean in February and March of next year, the devices listed above, which are less than nine months old, won’t know the feeling of Project Butter, or Google Now.
This is not good news. Sure, they’re mid-range handsets, but that should be no excuse. That shouldn’t excuse a company—any company—from providing support for recent handsets. This is why getting a Nexus is the safest Android purchase.
On the positive side, Sony said handsets like the Xperia T, TX, V, J, P and Go will all get Jelly Bean soon after the new year, though no precise dates were shared. Sony has coasted this year by releasing handsets that haven’t really been able to compete with the Galaxy S III and One X, but it supposedly has something more significant lined up for early 2013.
The company isn’t ending the year on a high note with this news, but it could start fresh with something inspired, something it’ll support in the long term. If you just bought an Xperia U, miro, tipo, or sola, you might want to consider going elsewhere. Or wait to see what Sony has cooking up for next year.