The IFA 2014 saw plenty of devices getting announcements or if we look at it as geeks, we saw plenty of new lives to new gadgets. That is the very upbeat part of IFA every single year, and sadly that is the only part of IFA that most of us focus on. The other side of the story with IFA is that when there are big announcements and when there are new releases with devices, there is always some devices that will become obsolete and left out. Plenty of companies also tend not to do announcement of their devices’ “death” or end-of-shelf-life. Sony though actually had the courtesy of informing these things to their consumers to actually tell them it is time for a new device.
This time they actually slashed support for 4 of its mid-range devices; namely the Xperia L, M, SP, and C. They even created some cool looking images depicting how far software updates will go to for each of the devices. The Sony Xperia L as the reporst suggest will only be updated up to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean while the M will only go so far to 4.3 Jelly Bean. The SP as well was actually rumoured to be scheduled for a 4.4 KitKat update but sadly that was also axed and it will only go as far as 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Xperia C is currently running one Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will stay that way sadly. Still unclear? Maybe the images they posted up will help, so check them out below.
Now these devices are not to say bad, but they are not cutting edge. They are mostly entry level to mid-tier type of device. Even for Samsung most of their mid-tiers do get updated to the latest iteration of Android so nothing new here, also this does not actually come as a surprise to us given Sony is known for not updating most of its entry-level devices. These devices are made to be cheaper and made for compromises, unlike high-end devices they are not built to support newer firmwares and they are only built to just get by. Although it is a sad thing to see devices not getting new firmware love from the manufacturers it is understandable and acceptable depending on device range. So for those of you who wants the latest of Android and you are using the devices listed above, I suggest you get a new smartphone, better yet get something higher-end. I know those are expensive but hey at least you get more updates, so you do not have to keep getting new devices; does not get cheap either you know if you buy a new device every year.
Sources: Xperia Blog