Sony discontinues Android updates for a number of Xperia devices

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If it’s one thing that Android users have come to accept, it’s that all good things must come to an end. That’s the case with devices and software updates, and Sony has quietly made it known that a number of Xperia products won’t see updates after Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Sony provides a handy meter on each of its device pages to let you know which version of Android it will get.

XperiaBlog reports that Sony has changed the update status for a number of Xperia devices. On the support page for the Xperia S, for instance, Sony makes it explicit what the “final” version of Android will be for the device. According to Android Police, the list also includes:

  • Xperia ion (4.1)
  • Xperia P (4.1)
  • Xperia J (4.1)
  • Xperia U (4.0)
  • Xperia SL (4.1)
  • Xperia arc S (4.0)
  • Xperia acro S (4.1)
  • Xperia go (4.1)
  • Xperia miro (4.0)
  • Xperia sola (4.0)
  • Xperia tipo (4.0)

Most of the models listed are nearing the 18-month mark, which is also the same end-of-life cycle that Google instituted with KitKat. It’s likely that other manufacturers will follow suit as Google attempts to confront fragmentation by leaving those straggling devices behind.

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