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Sony Xperia Flagship Smartphones to Get Two Years of Android Updates

Sony Xperia Flagship Smartphones to Get Two Years of Android Updates”

Security patches for Sony's phones could be released separately from other Android updates. Sony had launched both the phones earlier past year with the Android 8.0 Oreo update out of the box.

While Google continues to work on changes to the Android ecosystem to try to make it easier for manufacturers and wireless carriers to roll out operating system upgrades to devices, the goal has not yet been achieved.

Sony has been one of the more reliable brands when it comes to supporting its old devices, but until now it didnt have an official policy on how long support lasts. For mid-range devices, the length of support is less clear, with Sony saying that it may not choose to upgrade if "testing does not meet our exacting standards and we feel the hardware isn't capable of delivering a stable user experience". For the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google has promised to provide Android software updates and monthly security patch updates for three years. The Japanese giant reveals that all "premium range devices" in the Xperia smartphone series will be issued the latest Android updates for a period of two years after its launch. The company has now come out with a mew Android upgrade policy, which promises two years of software support to the company's flagship smartphones.

It's nice to have a formal policy outlined, even if it just confirms what we had already ascertained, because it means users can hold the company accountable when it doesn't live up to the bar it sets for itself, however low that may be with regard to the mid-range and entry-level devices. The security updates don't add a new skin to the smartphone but they do protect it from malware. Sony readied AOSP for dozens of Xperia devices and we're certain Xperia phone owners are wondering when an update that includes security patches for the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities will be available.



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