Sony Mobile, the subsidiary that manages all communication devices released by the electronic conglomerate, announced that several of the Sony Handsets released in 2018 to 2019 won’t receive the Android 10 Upgrade. Only two devices in their lineup are receiving the upgrade for the first six months, which is slated to be released in the first quarter of 2020. These devices include the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 Flagship Devices. These are the last two smartphones released by Sony Mobile, and they won’t be the last to receive updates. The upcoming compact versions of both models will launch in 2020 with the Android Ten software pre-emptively loaded.
This isn’t the first time that Sony has had delayed timelines when it applies to their smartphones. Throughout the company’s history, its mobile division has taken upwards of eight months to release significant software updates. Sony Mobile Fans anticipated these same delays with the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 handsets. After the first six months have passed, several other handsets will receive an upgrade to Android Ten. Those include the Xperia 10 Plus, Xperia Premium XZ2, Xperia XZ3, the Xperia XZ2 Standard and Compact. Owners of these devices can anticipate Android Ten to be released by mid-spring to summer.
Sony Mobile confirmed in their announcement that all handset models released before 2018 aren’t eligible to receive this upgrade. This forces multiple devices to remain on Android Nine, which isn’t a considerable loss for features, but can cause significant security issues down the line. These devices can’t receive upgrades because of older processors, dying batteries or CPU’s overheating. This decision is made in the benefit of consumers and their physical safety.
There were multiple leaks regarding Sony Mobiles position on the Android Ten software. These data breaches revealed that the mobile subsidiary wouldn’t support the new software on older devices. However, patches direct from Android has enabled Sony to locate their upgrade issues and work them out. Mobile phone analysts are warning consumers of Sony Mobiles products to be resistant with installing their version of Android 10, that it’s best to wait to see the outcome of the upgrade. Analysts are concerned that delayed batteries with dying cores could explode in consumers pockets if the new software upgrade is too intensive. The processing requirements between Android Nine and Ten are drastically higher, which causes significant problems with handsets with prolonged usage.