Android smartphones can be purchased from a wide array of designs and specifications, but they are all plagued by one common issue slow software update. While Android OEMs promise to roll out software updates, they often fall short of delivering on that promise. Also Read - Sony PS5 to be restocked on July 26 in IndiaAlso Read - Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) server busy error: How to fix the issue in simple tips
The arrival of timely update has been the go to reason for buying Google’s Pixel or Nexus-branded devices over a far better hardware from other OEMs. With its second-generation Pixel smartphones, Google is promising three years of major software update, and monthly security patches. Most Android smartphone makers don’t give such forward looking statement about software roll out and often ended up limiting update to one major software release. Also Read - Best casual games for Android in July 2021
Now, Sony has revealed where it stands in the software update scenario by confirming that it will update all of its premium devices with latest Android version for two years after it is launched. “We aim to support all premium range devices with the latest Android updates for two years after the device has launched. 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,” the company noted in an updated Sony Mobile Android Upgrade policy page.
The announcement should not come as a surprise considering Sony was the first smartphone maker to launch devices with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. To recall, the Oreo update was first announced by Google in August 2017, and in the last six months, the operating system has made it to just about one percent of active devices. Samsung, one of the leading smartphone brands selling devices powered by Android, has not updated its flagship devices like Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to Android Oreo. Leave alone the mid-range and budget smartphones.
Sony’s confirmation is a bold step, and should come as a relief to those holding on to a flagship device from the company that their device will get update if it was purchased in the last two years. But considering its market share in the global smartphone market, it will have little actual impact for Android’s market share.