Sony starts rolling out Android 9 Pie for Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra, but you should avoid it

Sony starts rolling out Android 9 Pie for Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra, but you should avoid it
The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra are among the last mid-range smartphones to receive Android 9 Pie updates from Sony. After taking care of some of its flagships, the Japanese company is now focusing on delivering the promised update to those who bought its mid-tier phones.

The problem is the update that Sony is now pushing out to Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra phones could potentially make them unusable. XDA Developers reports that many users have had their phones bricked after installing the update in Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Although not all those who install the update have had this unfortunate issue, those who did haven't been able to recover their phones using the Sony Companion software. What's worse is that there's no workaround to the problem, which is why we're advising all Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra to avoid installing the update for the moment.

We have no idea why Sony hasn't pulled the update yet, but we hope its engineers will be able to reverse the issue and allow Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra users to recover their bricked phones.

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Xperia XA2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Xperia XA2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3580 mAh(32h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2296; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm wondering how Sony let this happen...

8. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

It was probably a problem created by a local carrier. The problems seem to be happening only in a certain region.

2. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Rare to see Sony's software updates make a device unusable

5. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

You should look at their history of PS3 updates and how they used to brick those devices after updating

7. Nevita

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 01, 2018

Sony Computer Entertainment ≠ Sony Mobile

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Good thing there are always other ways to recover an Android device after you've bricked it.

4. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Not for Sony phones, you are either stuck with PC Companion software or Flashtool by Sony.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3150; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What more do you want? Sony lets you flash any country variant you wish via Flashtool unlike Samsung's Odin. That's the method for activating the power button FPS on the XZ1 and older models.

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