One of the biggest problems with the 3rd party Android smartphone makers is the lack of updates. This is one area where Apple’s iPhone outshines every android device. Sony knows how important it is to provide Android software updates and has now announced the Android upgrade policy for its Xperia range of smartphones.
Sony has announced that all the premium range of Xperia devices will get the latest Android updates for a period of two months after its launch. Sony has also said that other Xperia devices in the mid-range and budget category might also get Android updates, depending on the testing and hardware compatibility.
As reported by the XperiaBlog, Sony also mentions “We may choose not to upgrade a mid-range or entry-level device if testing does not meet our exacting standards and we feel the hardware isn’t capable of delivering a stable user experience.” All the Xperia owners can check the latest Android update available for their smartphone here.
Sony also talked about its mobile security update program: “Our Security Update Program is an on-going initiative to make regular protective patches available against the latest risks, vulnerabilities, and flaws, including Android security (released by Google), those from relevant third-party vendors and any Xperia-specific issues. Depending on timing and situation, security updates may be released separately, as part of firmware maintenance or within a full Android OS upgrade.”
At last Sony also mentioned the list of Xperia devices that will get the Meltdown and Spectre patches soon. It includes Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia L1, Xperia XA1 Plus, Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.
These devices will have Android security patch dated 2018-01-05. It is good to see an Android OEM taking Android update seriously. We have seen many OEM’s claiming Android updates in past, We hope Sony is able to deliver timely Android and security updates to its users. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.