Sony sunsets Android software updates for older Xperia smartphones

Xperia S update featured

Sony 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 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.

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