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Sony Ends Support for A Few Older Smartphones, Includes Xperia S, Xperia ion, and Xperia go

Smartphone manufacturers can’t support phones forever, a fact that Sony made clear today when it announced a number of its older devices would no longer receive software updates.

These are mostly older devices; every handset falls outside the 18-month update window Google and other Android phone makers generally follow. However, that doesn’t make the news any less sad.

Here’s Sony’s complete list of EoL devices:

  • Xperia arc S
  • Xperia S
  • Xperia SL
  • Xperia ion
  • Xperia acro S
  • Xperia go
  • Xperia P
  • Xperia J
  • Xperia micro
  • Xperia sola
  • Xperia tipo
  • Xperia U

If you’re the owner of any of these smartphones, you may want to consider an upgrade.

Via: Xperia Blog
  • paul_cus

    Xperia ion was a good phone.

  • Walter

    As long as the software I’m left with works well I don’t really care..

  • dreadfall

    now did these device even get jelly bean??? like the Xperia arc S stopped at ICS… whats the point in 18 months when you didnt even get the update for 1 year

  • TheDave1022

    It’s too bad the upgrade window for support is only 18 months when most US carriers lock you in for 24 months. Basically can be 6+ months (depending on how soon you get the phone from release date) that you get no updates. Would be nice if they allowed the bootloaders to be unlocked after that period.

    • dreadfall

      that’s why you buy a moto X!!! even the Moto G got 4.4.2.. if it was Samsung,Sony, HTC or LG there would never be an update for moto G

      • DoNoEvil

        Would rather not get the Chinese spying updates you seem so proud of.

        It doesn’t show why you need to buy a particular phone but that Google should crack down on both manufacturers and carriers and actually protect their baby Android (you know instead of treating it like they just bought it from another company… oh wait, they did. Never mind just treat it like it is an means to your profit margin end).

        Maybe MS will make the next winmo more like Win7 and less like Win8 and save the world from Apple’s belligerent lawsuits and Google’s wool they pulled over this site’s eyes about loving more than just the money/data.

        • dreadfall

          funny.. Motorola is still an american company… and btw, 90% of things u see in US is made in china

      • TheDave1022

        I do own a Moto X…but pretty unhappy about selling to Lenovo which is part owned by the Chinese Govt.

    • Blue Sun

      This is a big sticking point with me too. The iPhone 4 was released in late June 2010 & received what is presumably it’s last major iOS update in Sept 2013. I’m hoping that as Android evolves, the support time frame will extend .too

      • PoisonApple31

        Yes, the iPhone 4 received the new update with at least the new look, but a lot of the features were left out or don’t run on the hardware. One positive is that some bug fixes were in there, but usually Android phones receive some bug fixes throughout their lifetime, just often not those in a major release. This to me is no different than Android manufacturer that stops supporting the device after 18 months. I haven’t heard anyone applaud iOS 7 on the iPhone 4. Just because you can do it, doesn’t always mean you should.

  • John Legere

    Hopefully all of those people have already upgraded lol