If your Sony smartphone doesn’t have a ‘Z’ in its name, it will not be getting an Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Sony has confirmed on Twitter that only the Xperia Z family will be upgraded to Google’s latest software, leaving midrange offerings out in the cold.
“The Android 5.0 Lollipop update is only going to be available to the Xperia Z series,” the Japanese company told one customer, who asked about a Lollipop update for the Xperia E1. “We do apologize,” Sony added.
The same message has been relayed to other customers on Twitter since March 4.
This means that the Xperia C3, E1, E3, M2, M2 Aqua, T2 Ultra and T3 — all of which were only released last year — will be stuck on Android 4.4 KitKat, XperiaBlog notes; as will every other midrange Sony smartphones, regardless of its specifications.
This seems like a pretty poor move for a company that is already struggling in the smartphone sector. Software updates are important to a lot of people; no one wants to be stuck with old firmware — especially not on a device that’s less than a year old.
And with companies like Motorola making efforts to bring the latest Android releases to even their most affordable devices, why would anyone buy a midrange Sony smartphone now?