Everything comes to an end and sadly it has arrived for most Sony Xperia models released in 2012. Sony Mobile confirmed on its website that it will no longer be releasing any new software updates to its older smartphones. The devices affected by this decision are those that are around 18 months to 2 years old. Each of the device’s homepage are now being updated to include an Android version overview that lists it as being “Latest & Final Version.”
The affected models include
- Xperia Arc S (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Xperia S (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia SL (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia Ion (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia Acro S (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia Go (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia P (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia U (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Xperia J (Jelly Bean)
- Xperia Miro (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Xperia Tipo (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Xperia Sola (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Owners of these devices may become frustrated that they will no longer be getting any support. It is however good that Sony has made announcements regarding the end of life support so as not to have people wait for any further updates.
Smartphones are usually supported by manufacturers with updates for at least 18 months for the high end models while low to mid-range models are oftentimes neglected. By ending software support companies can assign its resources to other important matters such as developing newer devices.
If you own any of these devices and don’t plan to buy a new smartphone anytime soon then there’s still hope as you can bring new life to your smartphone by installing a custom ROM on it. One popular choice is CyanogenMod which currently supports some of the older Xperia models in the list. The advantage of this is that the ROM is constantly updated by a community of developers which brings in new features to device. Take note though that this is an unofficial support but then again the official support from Sony has already ended so this is the best option available.
Previously it was complicated to install a custom ROM on a device however with the new CyanogenMod installer that has been released, replacing the stock Android operating system is now a breeze.