The tech giant made the announcement to clear up confusion after a spokesperson told users during a Facebook Q&A session they wouldn't get the latest version. Sony product manager John Cooper said Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro, both Sony Ericsson handsets. See also: How to get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
However, Sony said in a blog: "a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones."
"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."
This does give owners of last year's Xperia range of smartphones a glimmer of hope but it's unlikely they will be updated to Jelly Bean since the latest Xperia devices only ship with 2.3 Gingerbread.
Sony said that information about the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for the Xperia P and other 2012 Xperia handsets will be broadcast over the next couple of weeks.