Sony to provide Android updates for its premium smartphones for 2 years

Following in Google's footsteps, Sony promises regular Android updates for its premium smartphones

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Highlights

    • Sony premium handsets will receive Android updates for two years
    • Updates might be skipped for certain mid-range models depending on hardware stability

Many of you must have seen security updates pop up on your devices just about every month. The security updates don’t add a new skin to the smartphone but they do protect it from malware. Android is a vast platform which means miscreants can get an easy pass to break a set of source code files and voila a new malware.

Unlike Google, not every manufacturer pushes updates for their smartphones every month. However, Sony seems to have renewed its policy on security and software updates. The leading tech company has released its plan of keeping its smartphones updated to the latest Android version at least for two years.

Sony says that the aim is to continue updating its premium smartphones for a period of two years following the launch of a new high-end smartphone. Regarding mid-range smartphones, Sony said that it might choose not to update certain models in case the hardware can’t provide a stable user experience.

sony-mobile-android-upgrade-policy-officialWith Google being the only company to put an official claim on the duration of Android updates for its high-end models, Sony has now joined the list in providing Android update policy for its users. Notably, Google Pixel 2 series will receive updates for three years.

Sony in its official blog post said, “We aim to support all premium range devices with the latest Android updates for two years after the device has launched. We may choose not to upgrade a mid-range or entry-level device if testing does not meet our exacting standards and we feel the hardware isn’t capable of delivering a stable user experience.”

Additionally, Sony has listed the following smartphones that will receive Android security patch dated 05-01-2018 that will protect these devices from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Here’s the list-
Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia L1, Xperia XA1 Plus, Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.

This sounds like a good news for those who are planning to splurge their money on a new Sony smartphone. In related news, the Japanese tech company is rumoured to unveil near bezel-less smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2018 later this month.