Sony’s official word on updates to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat
Earlier today, we brought you a rumor discussing what Sony would do when it comes to updating its devices to the two latest versions of Android – 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.4 KitKat (which was just made official last week). Now though, the Japanese company itself decided to let us know where it stands on the matter.
And that’s great, since official word is always preferable to conjecture. Sony follows in the footsteps of HTC (so far only announcing plans for updating the One) and Motorola, and we’re hoping more manufacturers will be as open in the future.
Sony is going to start rolling out updates to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean next month. The following devices will get this software version: the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX, and Xperia V. Obviously while the rollout is set to start in December, when the update arrives on your particular device is also up to your carrier, if that’s where you bought your Xperia from. So it might take a while.
This then means that if you own one of the aforementioned Sony devices, you’ll see Android 4.3 on it around half a year after this particular version of Android became official.
But you’re probably more interested in KitKat, aren’t you? Unfortunately the speculation from earlier on didn’t pan out as you can see, and the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra will go through Android 4.3 before ever seeing 4.4 KitKat.
They will, however, at least be updated to KitKat. At some point. In the future. And they’ll be joined by the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Tablet Z. And that’s it. Sony says it may add other devices to this list in the future, but you really shouldn’t hold your breath. It’s said things like this in the past, then months later came back to tell us that updates weren’t possible on other devices due to unknown (and probably non existent) hardware limitations or the likes.
Yes, KitKat is supposed to run well even on devices with 512 MB of RAM, but that doesn’t mean that Sony wouldn’t like you to buy its upcoming phones and stick with some old one instead. Get used to this, it’s how most Android device makers roll these days. Which is why if you care about updates you should buy a Nexus (and live with horrible battery life, if it’s a phone).