Sony sunsets Android software updates for older Xperia smartphones

Sony(s sne) has been pretty good about keeping many of its Android devices relatively up to date, but the Xperia Blog is reporting that a number of older phones will no longer be receiving Android(s goog) updates. And according to Sony’s support pages, these phones are listed as being on the “latest & final version” of Android software.

Xperia S update

The phones that will no longer be receiving updates include:

  • Xperia acro S
  • Xperia arc S
  • Xperia go
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia J
  • Xperia miro
  • Xperia P
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia SL
  • Xperia sola
  • Xperia tipo
  • Xperia U

Many of those phones are well within 18 months to two years old, and many received updates as recent as Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), which isn’t such a bad life cycle. And of the phones listed here, most never made their way to American soil. Still, it’s always a bummer to know that your device has reached the end of the line from a software perspective — especially when the latest version of Android (that’d be 4.4 KitKat) was written to run better on older hardware and can even run on the old Nexus One from 2010.