Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years

Sony's official policy: premium models get Android software updates for two years
Apparently, it is hard for most smartphone manufacturers to put into words their policy on pushing out Android updates. That leaves it to the consumer to try and guess how future proof his or her new handset is. Today, however, Sony decided to release its policy on Android updates for its premium and mid-range models. According to the company, the goal is to continue to update its top-shelf smartphones for a two-year period following the launch of a high-end phone. As for Sony's mid-range handsets, the company said that it might decide against updating certain models if the hardware can't provide a stable experience for users.

Before the release of Sony's policy today, Google was the only company willing to reveal how long customers could expect Android updates to continue for on its phones. The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL will both be updated for three years from the date of their launch. That means that both stock Android phones will continue to receive the latest Android build through October, 2020.

Sony also says that the following models are going to receive the Android security patch dated 2018-01-05, which will protect these devices from the Meltdown and Spectre flaws:

As already pointed out last month, neither the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, or the Xperia Z5 Premium will receive this security update.

source: Xperiablog



1. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Could have made it atleast 3.

2. TypicalGeek

Posts: 215; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Well at least it's better than other manufacturer (excluding Google) that support only 18 months.

7. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Samsung gives you 3 years because it takes a year and a half more to get an update lol

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If they promised 3 years, consumers will say, "why not 4?"

14. Djz89

Posts: 445; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

why not 10?

3. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Good, now design improvements please

4. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Three years would have been nice (like Google), sure, but a 2 year guarantee is pretty amazing non the less! Pretty good move on Sony's end.

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

This is about the only area I envy iPhone users over. I'm not even that interested in new features, just bug and security fixes.

10. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

IMO if any OEM sends 2 years of SO versions is okay. And at least one more year of security. 5 years of new SO: they cant give you guarantee your device will still be as fast as it was after 1 or 2 updates. On internet you find iphone users that say their phones are still good after 3-4 updates. Other users say not to update more than 2 if you want it fast..

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Now, people have to understand coming to this point why iPhones isn't as fast after those couple of years. Let us see what will happen to iPhones after their recent battle.

9. torr310

Posts: 1670; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's not clear what 2-year period means. How many updates and how soon to get the latest update are both critical.

12. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

It means XZ1's last update will be in Q4 2019 while Q2 2018 is the X and XP's last update

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

If X gets updated.. X got 7.0 in half december/2016. We are in february amd X does not have 8.0 yet..

15. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I already got the security patch update on my XZ Premium about 4 days ago.

16. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

X no premium xperia

17. MartyvH

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

This will need to be extended, with the severe lack of new features in new models. Security and reliability are more important now than they used to be.

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