Remember the Sony Xperia SP? It's not getting an official KitKat update

Remember the Sony Xperia SP? It's not getting an official KitKat update
One of Sony's more popular mid-range phones from 2013, the Xperia SP, basked in a lot of consumer love, as its loyal fans often expressed their desire for an official Android 4.4 KitKat build for the device. The handset got treated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean back in February 2014, and shortly after, Sony had stated that an eventual KitKat build for the mid-ranger is under investigation”.

However, it seems that the Sony Xperia SP will never receive the chocolate firmware update. This information straight from the horse's mouth, as Sony confirmed that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be, unfortunately, the latest and final firmware version for the device. This way, the Xperia SP joins the ranks of the Samsung's Galaxy S III, its 2012 flagship, and a whole plethora of other Android devices from the past one or two years that are otherwise capable of handling KitKat pretty well (courtesy of a custom ROM, that is), but are doomed to remain on Jelly Bean, at least officially.

Despite that Android 4.4 KitKat is pretty lightweight and requires less hardware resources (512MB of RAM) compared to its predecessors in order to run adequately, the significantly heavier and more feature-rich user interfaces of some major Android manufacturers (Samsung and Sony, in this particular case) allegedly prevent them from porting KitKat to devices that come with 1GB of RAM, which is the case with the Xperia SP and the Galaxy S III. Then again, Sony's UI is significantly lighter than Samsung's TouchWiz, but in both cases, neither device is receiving the sugarey Android version.

At least officially, that is.

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Xperia SP
  • Display 4.6" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2370 mAh(13.23h 3G talk time)



1. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This phone has the same specs as the moto x, more than capable

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

This phone will still win over iPhone 6 and plus.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Still this phone is better than most midranger because of s4 pro. And can perform just like a flagship device.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

YES!! Better than snapdragon 400!

26. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

There's a reason why android is open source. Then root it to get updates . Can't understand all the whiners here.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Read comment #11

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014


14. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I'm planning to buy a new phone on Xmas and the Lumia 930 is still too expensive(460)...which should get Xperia Z(270€) or G2(284€) ?

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

G2 all day.

16. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I read that it's too sensitive and you can harm it from nothing....

19. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Go with the G2 since it will get Android L update. The Xperia Z is pretty old now.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

obviously G2, doesn't take a genious, great phone for that discounted price!

2. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I feel sad to Xperia XP and SIII users. Waiting for update that will never come forever. I know how it feels like. At least now the wait is over and official, no need to wait anymore.

12. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

They can now install a custom rom and feel the freedom. I'm gonna do that when support and warranty for my G2 are over. :)

20. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

you can do it, you will always have the 'KDZ' or the 'flashtool' method to return to complete stock if something goes wrong.

25. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

You guys can't forget about the US version of the sIII that did get kitkat

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

beauty phone, i used to have one, the software was its downfall and this was before i got into rooting/flashing bc of the locked boootloader

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol that's pretty bad. SP is a pretty popular phone I guess. Should have updated.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sony is messing up.

35. safii92

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

This is a midrange phone bulls**ts S2 & S3 also doesn't have a update kitkat 4.4 -,-

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I think it's the same reason why Mediatek devices used to not support Android 4.4

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Some devs care about it by releasing CyanogenMod, but Sony fans don't care about CM :( Read the comments.

13. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I just wrote Sony a few days ago to either stop 'investigating' the 4.4 update, or release it already. I guess they thought it was good business strategy to promise this update for almost a year then admitting not to have worked on it at all. I came from Motorola Defy with great expectations to Sony and the SP (it was by far the best bang-for-buck phone I could afford last year), now I am also rooting against Sony: they are capable of making the most stuffed phones (Z1/Z3 Compact, Z2/Z3) which they overprice (see OnePlusOne, Nexus5), release mediocre midrangers, also overpriced (Moto G, Asus Zenfones), then spit old customers in the eye with lack of update. Nof if only Motorola/Lenovo could get their s**t together and have the Moto G released in all of Europe properly.

17. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Never believe Sony in updates.... Same happened to my friend's Xperia s....

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, one thing is for sure... I'm not getting any Sony phones now.

22. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

That's Android, gentlemen. Ex-consumers are only nuisances.

27. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

That's Android, custom Roms and Dev support is available, unlike iOs, they will buttkick you if anyone gets to see thier halfbaked Darwin fake multitasking platform.

23. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Still, This is the best mid-ranger. s4 pro and adreno 320, over snapdragon 400 and adreeno 305 :)

24. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Well, I sold it already just because of this. Well, AND because of M8's look :)

28. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Really pathetic to get only 1 year of slow update support from Sony, they used to be good with updates and the last update the gave the SP on my wife's phone stupidly removed shortcuts from the notification bar like turning on mobile data, which I could not believe they did, as it was such a backwards move.

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