Sony won’t issue any more software updates to 12 smartphones
Software updates are a hot topic in the Android world, thanks to a combination of factors: Google releasing two new versions of the OS each year, manufacturers adding their own skins on top, and overall being slow to update their devices.
This situation leads to many people being disappointed with their smartphone purchases. Most high-end handsets are updated to new Android versions for at least 18 months (there are exceptions, though), but that’s usually not the case with low-end or midrange models that sometimes never get new software after they launch.
We cover news about new updates coming out all the time, but then there are sometimes going to be situations like this one – when one manufacturer decides it’s done with issuing updates for some of its products.
Today we’re talking about Sony, a company that has put no less than 12 smartphones to rest – at least in terms of software. So, from this point on, the following devices won’t receive any more software updates from Sony: the Xperia Arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion, Xperia Acro S, Xperia Go, Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia J, Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Sola.
The list was compiled by Xperia Blog after some sleuthing done on Sony’s own support website. Which brings us to a good point: as bad as this decision may be in itself, at least Sony is being open and transparent about it. Most of its competitors leave their customers wondering whether they’ll ever see any more updates.