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High-end Sony Xperia handsets will receive two years of updates

Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact Android flagships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact
According to the new Sony Xperia update policies, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact should get both Android P and Android Q, since they both launched with Android Oreo onboard. Sadly, the mid-range Xperia handsets might not get the same treatment.
Codrut Nistor,

Back in 2017, the Sony Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact arrived on the market as the first handsets to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard. In the meantime, this iconic Japanese brand updated quite a few of its older handsets to Oreo, leaving behind many other popular smartphone makers. Now, they have just updated the Android upgrade policy, making it clear that the premium Xperia handsets will get two years of full support.

"We aim to support all premium range devices with the latest Android updates for two years after the device has launched," reads Sony's document. Unfortunately, they also added that "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."

As a direct consequence of the above, the Xperia XZ1 and its Compact sibling should get the next two major Android updates, currently known just as Android P and Android Q.

According to the new update policy, the Xperia flagships might get security patches outside the usual cycle "depending on timing and situation."

At last, it should also be noted that Sony is currently working on Meltdown and Spectre patches for the following list of handsets: Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia L1, Xperia XA1 Plus, Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact. Once the new code is installed, the security patch date should be January 5, 2018.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02- 2 (Update: 2018-02- 2)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.