When it comes to Android updates on our smartphones, it is usually up to the discretion of the manufacturer as to how long they want to support a device for and when they will release updates for it, but this policy isn’t usually shared by manufacturers and like we said, is completely discretionary.
However for those who are Sony fans and are wondering what the lifespan is on a flagship Sony handset, it seems that Sony’s Android upgrade policy has revealed that the company has plans to keep its handsets updated to the latest version of Android for two years after it has been launched. Of course whether or not it will be extended to three years is unclear, but we guess it will be a minimum of two.
According to Sony, “We aim to support all premium range devices with the latest Android updates for two years after the device has launched.” However they also add a caveat in which sometimes upgrades might be skipped if the experience isn’t satisfactory, although this seems to be more applicable to their mid-entry level devices. “We may choose not to upgrade a mid-range or entry-level device if testing does not meet our exacting standards and we feel the hardware isn’t capable of delivering a stable user experience.”
This is something that potential Sony customers might want to consider if they’re in the market for a new phone, especially with Sony reportedly planning on unveiling new handsets at MWC 2018.