Sony reportedly announced that it will pull the plug on Android update support for the Xperia premium devices two years after unveiling a particular handset. That means the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z4 are likely to lose software support sometime this year as both handsets were released two years ago.
It remains unclear, however, how long Sony Mobile intends to keep supporting its mid-range devices. What’s certain, though, with the company’s Android upgrade policy for its Xperia series of devices is that it will decide to upgrade a particular device only if it complies with Sony Mobile’s standards and proves to be capable of offering a stable experience to users.
Sony Mobile also promised regular security updates for those devices along with those Android OS upgrades. However, Sony Mobile may choose to roll out security updates on a separate occasion whenever necessary, depending on the urgency of a particular security issue.
Sony acknowledges the fact that its upgrade policy for its Android-based Xperia handsets has been ambiguous in recent years. Now that it has made its Android upgrade policy clear, it becomes noticeable that the Xperia premium devices have a shorter period of software support compared to the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets.