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Sony pulls update support for older Xperia devices

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Feb 5, 2014

Sony has dropped the news that a dozen older model Xperia devices are officially off the update gravy train, with many going to their final resting place running Android 4.1. Every smartphone dies a slow, un-updated death eventually and we have to give credit to Sony for actually being upfront about their update plans and which devices are no longer making the cut, as at the very least it stops owners with those devices hoping in vain for an update that will never come.

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There's no reason to make believe your old Xperia might get an update anymore. / © Sony

The affected devices are the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia arc S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia U, Xperia go, Xperia miro, Xperia sola and Xperia tipo. The good news is, if you own one of these devices, there's nothing really stopping you anymore from trying your hand at a custom ROM that will let you get Android 4.4 KitKat running on your device. If that sounds encouraging to you, I'd advise heading over to XDA Developers to see the range of ROMs available for your particular device.

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Twelve Xperia devices, including the Xperia S, have already received their last update. / © Sony

Meanwhile, Sony has confirmed the following Xperia devices will make the update to Android 4.4 KitKat: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia SP and. It's safe to assume the Z1 Compact and Z1 s are also on that list. The Xperia ZR, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V are still ''under investigation'' for the KitKat update. Android 4.3 has been confirmed for the Xperia V, T, TX, SP, Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, Z Ultra and Z1, along with the Z1 Compact and Z1 s. Some of these devices may skip Android 4.3 though and jump straight to KitKat.

How long do you think OEMs should provide firmware updates for their devices? Would you flash a custom ROM once official support is pulled or would you just stay put on the last official firmware?

Via: Xperia Blog Source: Sony Mobile

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • Bojan M. Feb 8, 2014 Link to comment

    Well, although I just got the 4.3 update, I decided to drop it all and go custom, now proudly sporting Cyanogenmod 11 (4.4.2 kitkat) and won't be coming back.

  • Rexy Feb 6, 2014 Link to comment

    I bought an Xperia Pro, running Gingerbread, with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich promised. It never happened, and I'm so pissed off with them for that.

  • nepsgs Feb 5, 2014 Link to comment

    waiting for Sony sp update from December

  • Anders Bagger Feb 5, 2014 Link to comment

    HTC did it in their quirky way, now Sony does it too....
    Cutting off older devices, at 4.1 to 4.3.
    Now we just need the rest of the big firms, confirming (in their own way) that they will not pump new life into old devices. By updating to KK.
    Yet again, they have all proven that they are not driven by support and user satisfaction.

    Google did try to upgrade old devices, by offering kitkat to manufactures in terms of low ram requirements, in kitkat.
    Now we just need the rest of the industry to say: "Screw you, buy our newest products".

    I would really like to see old 512 devices, all upgraded to KitKat.
    Yet they all stick to the 18 months windows, that google have set.
    Well.... Maby it is Google's fault in the first place.

    Ohh well.... One would never know. (Or would we?)

    • Kris Carlon
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      Feb 11, 2014 Link to comment

      I just read a tweet from Artem at Android Police, saying that Google will implement a new certification structure whereby a new device won't get Google apps unless it is released running an Android version no more than nine months old. That's pretty major stuff if it's true!