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Sony says there'll be no Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its non-Xperia Z smartphones

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Sony says there'll be no Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its non-Xperia Z smartphones
Last year, Sony confirmed that the entire Xperia Z series of devices (including the original Xperia Z smartphone from early 2013) would be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Unfortunately, it looks like things aren't that great for those who own a non-Xperia Z handset made by Sony.

According to the official Sony Xperia Twitter account, the Android Lollipop update is going to be available "only" for the Xperia Z family. This means that smartphones from 2014 like the Xperia E3, Xperia M2 Aqua (pictured on the left), Xperia M2, Xperia C3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, or Xperia E1 will not see updates beyond Android KitKat.

Hopefully, Sony will change its mind in regards to at least some of its recent non-Xperia Z devices (which, from a technical point of view, are certainly capable of running Lollipop).

As for the non-Xperia Z handsets introduced this year by Sony, the M4 Aqua is running Android Lollipop out of the box, while the E4 and E4g will get the update sometime after launch.

source: Twitter (1), (2), (3) via Xperia Blog

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posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:00 2

1. Busyboy (Posts: 528; Member since: 07 Jan 2015)


Ouch.. BTW, I'm still waiting for lollipop Sony!

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:02 8

2. waddup121 (unregistered)


Kinda a d*ck move on sony's part, but I can see a reason.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 00:20

61. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I feel kinda bad reading this, but then i guess the unsaid rule is that you gotta pay a flagship premium to get latest software for some reasonable duration.
Kudos to Moto in that regard, minimal UI overlay --> lesser coding and testing effort to update --> better prospects for lesser devices

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:05 1

3. josephnero (Posts: 552; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


not surprised.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:09 2

4. frankg (Posts: 146; Member since: 14 May 2014)


That's why manufacturers should just make nexus/silver devices. If people are screwed over like this, they move to IOS and (maybe) to Windows.

At least apple is giving updates to the 4s which is a phone more then 3 years old... You may pay more, but you also get more.

In 2 years I have to root and put a custom rom on my Note 4, for itt to be up to date.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:14 19

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 1553; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


That's funny because the note 2 is getting lollipop despite it being 2.5 years old.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:55 9

14. Remmy (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Well the Xperia Z was released 2+ years ago and it will still get 5.0.

But will other non-premium Galaxies get the update?

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:41 8

20. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


There are about 12 Z phones/tablets, Samsung brings updates to double of this number daily, they are always working on updating their products.
Check sammobile.com, and you ll get it why the majority of those who wants an Android phone, ends up going for a Samsung.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 22:48 8

28. NFSHesham (Posts: 257; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Yeah right
Tell me about the midrange and entry level devices e that are going to be updated that are not former flagships and not minis
For your information
The note 3 Neo that has been advertised as the note 2 replacement has only been updated to Kitkat and 99% won't be updated to Lollipop
this is the single Sim version
The Note 3 Neo Duos however hasn't received any updates and is running 4.3 Jelly bean since the get go
Now criticise Sony for only updating Xperia Z series " I don't like it either" when your beloved Samsung is doing exactly the same

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 01:43 1

35. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Grand prime will be updated,
Note 3 Neo was also planned to have it.
Tab Pros and Tab S' are also going to have lollipop
sure the A series will also have.

And besides why boast these Z series lollipop update when at the moment nothing has been updated while other OEMs esp samsung has been rolling out their updates for S5 S5 active S5 lteA note 4 note edge s4 note 3.. All i see in news is Samsung updating their phones to 5.0
and i bet that people who buy the low end phones dont really expect any major update..

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 06:58

47. vladislavvaz (Posts: 12; Member since: 19 May 2014)


both of you shut up go with yureka.. cynogenmod FTW :D

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 00:24

62. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


yea man, thats the price for the slightly cheaper device, sad

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 23:54 3

31. Remmy (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Right, I just don't understand why they didn't release the "value pack" update for the Galaxy S and my original Galaxy Tab when they said they will?

Of all the Samsung Galaxy devices we had in the family, neither received a major update at all. Plus, majority of my friends who own the flagship S series and Note series don't care about updates at all. Had to explain them why they need to. :)

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 02:28 1

36. sherkhan (Posts: 33; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Remmy, Galaxy S was updated to ICS Value pack but it took a long time...I got the update in india after 4-5 months it released in China

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 06:25

46. Remmy (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Oops. Good for you though. But with different Galaxy S variants, did all of them get updated? I mean, being among the flagships before I was really disappointed when they abandoned my P1000.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 02:48

38. Wiencon (Posts: 1719; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


And the funniest thing is my 4 years old 4S will get at least 2 more iOS updates.

/just sayin

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 04:20 3

41. romeo1 (Posts: 703; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


That is not the same. You won't get the new features. You'll get the same phone running a newer version and most of the times even slower than before

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 09:58 3

53. buccob (Posts: 2495; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


The funny thing is that Sony will be updating more smartphones this time, than what Apple has ever released...
Z ZR ZL Zultra Z1 Z1S Z1C Z2 Z3 Z3v Z3C

iPhone, 3G, 3Gs, 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:36 13

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7919; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Getting updated by version doesn't mean anything. Sure the 4s has iOS8, but it doesn't have everything it has on and iPhone 5 series or 6.

What you guys don't seem to understand is this. There is no law that says you have to be updated to a new OS. Example, if you have a Windows XP OS when 7 came out, Microsoft is not obligated to give you Windows 7 as an upgrade. It is a ew OS. What they have to give free is increment updatesupdates for example service packs. The fact MS is giving g Windows 10 away for a shirt time is an exception, not the rule.

Lollipop is Verizon 5.0 of the OS. 4.4 KITKAT is part of the 4.0 family, but considered a new OS compared to Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. But if you have ICS ot JB and KK, if it gets and update yes you should get it. But 5.0 is not an update, it is a full upgrade to a new version, equal to buying a new version of Windows.

Android costed you nothing. You paid for a device. For what Apple charges for their device, they should give OS upgrades for free. That doesn't mean everyone should.

Also, the best way to enjoy a new OS is to buy supported hardware, just like with Windows PC. I like Lollipop but I could care less if the Note 4 got it personally even if I just bought the device when it was released. I wouldn't feel cheated. My device was designed and optimized for the latest version of Kitkat
To really enjoy 5.0, I rather personally have the device it comes preinstalled on. After all it was optimized for that device from scratch vs patching the aoS to work with an older device.

But like with Windows,I would is a new build of an OS come within 3 months of my purchase, then maybe I should get the new one too, which is what MS does.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 20:11 5

22. TerryTerius (Posts: 1449; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


No, there isn't a law requiring it, but that isn't the point. The sign of a great company is going beyond the bare minimum to ensure that your customers have as great an experience as possible. That you take care of them within the best of your abilities for giving you their business. Simply because you aren't required to do something, doesn't mean you shouldn't. It's not like those who bought a mid-range device did so with money that was earned with less effort than those who bought a flagship. That's the point. Everyone doesn't have the option of buying a new phone every time an upgrade to the OS is available, nor should they be expected to.

Android isn't MS. Google doesn't charge for new versions of the software and since Sony doesn't exist in a vacuum it should be doing all it can to at least achieve parity with its rivals. If it can't even promise you the same basic service of being up to date, that isn't a pro for them in any way shape or form.

Yes, I get from a business standpoint why Sony wouldn't want to upgrade its entire range and that they're deeply in the red with their phone division. But the fact that they're doing this on top of being the last "major" manufacturer to upgrade their flagships to lollipop months after everyone else doesn't help the perception of their company in the slightest.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 03:56 3

40. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Exactly! You got what you paid for! In Android world, entry and midrangers may or may not get OS updates. If you want updates, get the flagship series. Sony isn't the one whose not updating the less specced phones, even Samsung, LG and others do it. PA is just biased, giving hate to Sony and letting all loves to Samsung.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 23:28

30. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


It's not just that, you can download all of Sony's Lollipop updated apps even though you aren't on Lollipop. So you have most of Sony's Lollipop features except for the OS changes itself.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 09:36

52. TechNerd (Posts: 66; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Still, Apple updates for older idevices are a joke. The software just becoms slower and buggier, while not adding any functionality, just changing the looks.

posted on 08 Mar 2015, 07:25

60. mcwong644 (Posts: 13; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


That's the problem with getting non nexus devices. If you want the latest os then get nexus devices.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:14

5. Phonedingo (Posts: 383; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


Probably not referring to the 2014 models if I had to bet.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:19 1

7. Planterz (Posts: 1999; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I don't own a Sony (my broken Xperia X10 doesn't count), but this doesn't bother me. I prefer KK over LP anyway.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:23

8. WackJobs (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


They do things like this year after another n so on, and they wonder why they're not making any money with their mobile business...

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 23:19

29. medtxa (Posts: 1104; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


They have capable enginers, problems with their CEO like nokia with windows phone and HTC with M9?

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:26 1

9. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


For a second there, I thought the title was "Sony says there'll be no Android 5.0 Lollipop updates for its first generation Xperia Z smartphones".
Oh well, I only have the Tablet Z.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:31 3

10. datphoneguy (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Pretty shameful, but not surprising for Sony. And then they wonder why people aren't snapping up their phones.........

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:36

12. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Oh, Sony...learning from the Chinese manufacturers aren't you? You might as well stop making low-mid end phones if you know what's good for you. Hope the reason behind this is because they want to kill all the useless series except E and M series.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:04 1

16. maherk (Posts: 3368; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You don't kill it by screwing up those who have already bought your phones. That's a lame excuse.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 20:23

26. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3606; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


If i were to get an E or M series...i wouldn't expect the latest update.
There were 2 versions of Jelly bean released...they got it all.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 18:37

13. alexvv (Posts: 161; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


did anyone believe m2, sp, e3 would get lollipop? sony doesn't have many models apart from the z series anyway.. still i expected that the t-series would get it because they are not that cheap or low-specd...

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:03 5

15. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


This is one of the reasons that Sony is a non-factor in the smartphone world. If your device support is this bad, consumers will learn quickly not to trust you.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:14 1

17. jove39 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


And sad story of android updates. Sony, to sell new phones, won't update old ones...which are perfectly fine to run lollipop.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:32 3

18. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Then SONY shouldn't have release so many low end handsets and screw their consumers like the XPERIA SP's owners.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 23:57

32. Remmy (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Glad I chose the ZR over the SP. I was really impressed when Sony promised it will have the KitKat before. Sigh.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:41 2

19. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


Wanna talk about screwed consumers? I invite you to look at those poor lost souls who bought a Windows RT Device

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 19:59

21. 1ccho (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


That is what happen when you released too many phones in a year. Pretty stupid I think.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 20:13

23. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


come on sony..

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 20:19

24. EC112987 (Posts: 519; Member since: 10 Nov 2014)


Good job Sony...

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 20:21

25. ThePython (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 May 2013)


10/10 company that cares for all of its consumers.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 21:57 6

27. FCB-Eto (Posts: 36; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


You ppl on phone arena are amazing you know that right ! You do know if Sony is giving lollipop to the Z series that's like 12 devices right ! So please tell me the 12 devices that Samsung ,Htc ,Motorola or LG are updating ? You can get a Z1 for under $200 on ebay ! The Z series is Z,ZR,ZL,Tablet Z , Z1,Z1 compact ,Z Ultra,Z2, Z2 tablet and the Z3,Z3 compact and the Z3 compact tablet. If you ask me that's a lot better than most! Secondly I'd like this site to stop putting up articles for clicks,the Z4 carries a micro SD card housed under the same flap as the nano sim instead of speculating all the time you guys should do some real digging to find out stuff.

posted on 06 Mar 2015, 23:59

33. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 773; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Sony fanboyism much?
i also want to mention that almost all xperia Z owners are still waiting for lollipop (is there any released update)? Hmm and
well at least samsung has already been releasing lollipop for note 4 s5 s5 active note 3 note edge alpha s4 and plans for note 2 note 3 neo s5 mini grand prime tab S and tab Pro's among others..

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 00:13

34. mahima (Posts: 101; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


This is why we love windows phonr...update

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 02:36 1

37. parasky (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


The fact that there a phones made by sony released under half a year ago that aren't getting the update says a lot about their lack of focus.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 03:31

39. Siima (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Mar 2015)


If this is true; then it is a big shame to Sony Company. If I may ask, how will Sony Mobile compete with formidable rivals such as Moto? Yea right, we know it is not mandatory for Sony to upgrade all family; but leaving out some of the 2014 xperia, is taking its reliable customers for granted. We hope this is a rumor like all the misleading stuff, we are patiently waiting for LOLLY, do not let us down.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 04:25

42. razraptre (Posts: 168; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Is there a reason?

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 05:24

43. P2theG1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


Whether they update or not is their (Sony's) decision so if they lose customers and plow into the ground then so be it but I'd like to point out something not many people have and that is (based on my personal experiences and observations) most consumers don't understand the reason behind updating a phone I'm a techy and friends plus relatives often come to me asking what an update is or what it does and do they need it, from that I can speculate that most consumers don't fully understand the need for or the reason behind updating the device they own, not everybody is this way but clearly some people are and so before you complain about people in general maybe you should consider the market as a whole. (Rant over)

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 05:43

44. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


I thought they wanted to focus more on software???

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 06:16

45. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Well that's what happens to must of Android phones only flagship series get updated plus I think lollipop should be 4.5 not 5 it's mostly a commercial thing since Apple brings ios 8 and Ms Winphone 8.1 .

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 07:49 1

48. LeBrownJames (Posts: 201; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Samsung releasing about 50 smartphones a year and half not receiving OS update and nobody bats an eye. Sony releasing about 20 smartphones a year and half not receiving OS update and everyone loses their minds.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 08:33

49. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


It's ok Sony, It's not like we were expecting it anyways. We forgive you. Just keep making good movies and the new PS5. Focus on that, because so far on phones market you have not seceded. GOOD BYE

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 08:58

50. abhi0502 (Posts: 6; Member since: 07 Mar 2015)


Moto g 1st gen is best phone. Low cost phone with android upgrades and has most custom ROMs and development among low cost phones.
Sony,Samsung needs to learn from moto.
They should release have release few phones at particular price range and not flood the with low cost ya high cost phones where customers are confused which to buy so that phone can be updraded whatever price is concerned and that create loyal fanbase

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 09:03

51. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Moto does make good phones. But the only reason I don't get a Moto is because they don't have an SD card slot. YEEEEEEEPPPPPPP

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 12:19

55. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Both the Moto E and Moto G have SD card slots.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 11:04

64. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


I agree with you. But I am not looking on a low end device.

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 10:00

54. phantom28 (Posts: 13; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


and when they will send lolipop to the Z family then? not even a word about that ..they sayd in february and in march not even the Z3 has lollipop ...

posted on 07 Mar 2015, 12:22

56. jellmoo (Posts: 1463; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The number of Sony apologists here is a little scary. They should support their hardware. Point finale. The same should be said of Samsung, Motorola, HTC, or whoever else is pushing out new devices. If you have no intention of supporting your hardware, tell the user up front. Unless we push manufacturers to be accountable for their actions, they will continue with the same BS practices.

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