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Sony Xperia SL, acro S, Ion and others will no longer get software updates

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Sony Xperia SL, acro S, Ion and others will no longer get software updates
Sony has reportedly confirmed that a consistent number of older Xperia smartphones would no longer receive software updates - so they’ll remain running either Android Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

According to Xperia Blog, the Sony handsets that won’t be receiving newer versions of Android are: Xperia acro S, Xperia SL, Xperia S, Xperia ion (including the LTE model), Xperia arc S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia U, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo, and Xperia miro.

Since most of these devices were released in 2012 (or even in 2011, as it’s the case of the Arc S), users should probably not be too upset that Sony is no longer planing to update their software version.

You can check out the latest Android build that’s ready for your Xperia smartphone at the first source link below. Upcoming software updates - where available - are also listed there.

Sony Xperia SL, acro S, Ion and others will no longer get software updates
Sony Xperia SL, acro S, Ion and others will no longer get software updates

source: Sony Mobile via Xperia Blog

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posted on 04 Feb 2014, 10:02 3

1. buccob (Posts: 2734; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

I already knew this since the last update we go at 4.1.2 fixing a camera issue...

I really do not care if the phone is running good, but sadly my Acro S was left with a couple of bugs which are minor but still annoying...

I will probably get the Z1 Compact anyway because it suits my needs better than any other smartphone... Size-wise remains the same as my current phone but thinner... and spec-wise is a monster...

And to be honest I really see little difference between 4.1.2 and forward (maybe performance improvment but almost nothing else)

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 10:25 3

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

I'm considering Z1 Compact, as well. I've always liked Sony way of doing things, but I've never bought one of their mobile handsets. Z1 Compact seems really a great device, now when display problem of Z1 is gone. I hope that they ship it to Finland.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 11:12 1

5. buccob (Posts: 2734; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Well I have a few issues in my first experience with a Sony smartphone... (the Xperia Pro was my wife's) so the Acro S was the first time for me, and to be honest, the screen was NEVER an issue... I actually loved the screen almost as much as I loved the one on my stolen Galaxy S3... Viewing angles are bad, but I never experienced the need to use my phone at an angle different than straight on... So in terms of color reproduction, vibrancy, contrast and brightness, I am very pleased...

So I can only be glad that they improved upon that...

But I do wish that they calibrate their cameras to the full potential... I can't believe that other manufacturers make better use of Sony's own hardware... They should be smoking the competition with the current hardware, but sadly IMO they are roughly similar...

I do love the 12 MP shooter of my Acro S, but ONLY after I learned how to take better pics manually and at night

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 14:41

9. Amir1 (unregistered)

phone in 4+ inch can't get any better then z1 compact. actually it rivals ANY phone exist. it's small display is just for sake of pocketability. i love big displays so that's the reason i won't buy it.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 17:41

12. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Just glad i didn't bought the xperia ion as my upgrade cause i was waiting for this too happened. and I had the XPERIA GO earlier this year as my temperary phone and knew it will never get upgraded and gave it to someone who needs a phone (recycle). Glad i choose the Z1 already have 4.3

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 10:24 1

2. __0__ (banned) (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)

That makes it okay , they are supported long enough.

HTC and LG should learn

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 10:56

4. sinple (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

In case people din know,
HTC and samsung updated their flagship till 4.2.2 ( one X and S3) while XS was only updated till 4.1.2.

These 3 are the flagship in 2012. Guess all manufacturer are the same. The only android phone are the Nexus family

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 11:41 3

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3816; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Incorrect. The One X is stuck at 4.2.2. The S3 is currently on 4.3 & has been confirmed to receive 4.4 in Q2.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 23:48

15. Sonny_09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 24 May 2013)

Exactly. With so much models that came out of Sony, I highly doubt their promise to keep even their flagship updated for two years.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 11:28

6. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

This was expected but not really fair;
E.g. the case of my Xperia P; The phone received its last major update in April 2013, less than a year since its start of sales (May 2012). Within the 18 month support period, that Android manufactures promise, Google released Android 4.1,4.2, 4.3 and even 4.4. Sony elected to stop developing new Android versions for the model well before the expiry date (which would be roughly end of 2013). Just because Sony officially announced only now the end of support for these devices, this doesn't mean that they really supported them properly until now. Effectively they stopped much earlier.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 16:55

11. Xenaz (Posts: 144; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)

I believe that Sony ended these 2012 devices mostly due to no firmware update/support from the chipset manufacturer of these devices like snapdragon S3 from Qualcomm and Novathor is even dead

I'm an Xperia P user as well... Sad

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 00:35

16. Feanor (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

If others can make custom ROMs for these chipsets, Sony could do too. I think it has to do more with marketing. All the devices, that they don't suppoort anymore, are developed under the Sony Ericsson regime. I think they intend to focus really only on real Sony developments starting from the Xperia Z.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 11:35

7. giffonaay (Posts: 11; Member since: 31 Dec 2013)

Its sad how my SONY XPERIA NEO L isn't even listed! Sony don't differentiate please :/

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 14:54

10. pyradark (Posts: 882; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

I guess this is due. To hardware!! Hoping that 2013 phone can stay 2 yrs for update

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 18:03

13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Seems fair enough

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 21:42

14. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)

Can't Google make a version that doesn't require annual updates? All this frequent upgrading makes older devices more ancient than they should be.

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