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It's the end of the road, but not totally unexpected

In not totally un-expected news, Sony has announced that a bunch of its older – read mostly 2012 – devices won't be getting any more software updates. It's a pretty hefty list, but all things have a shelf life. As it stands the Xperia Arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion, Xperia Acro S, Xperia Go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia Miro, Xperia Sola, Xperia Tipo and Xperia U are done. 

If you're still holding on to one of these devices then it's sure to be a bit of a blow. But phones coming up on two-years old and with Snapdragon S3 chips inside were always going to reach this day sooner or later. Some, like the Xperia S, made it to Jelly Bean having launched on Gingerbread, which isn't a bad run all told.

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via Xperia Blog

 

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Sony calls it a day with software updates for a host of older devices

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At least Sony let you know, LG on the other hand.... What's a update?

Posted from Da Lords of Da Underground

Wasn't a blow at all. The writing was on the wall for my Xperia Ion about 6 to 8 months after it was introduced. The fact that Sony has been seen as "developer friendly" recently is nothing more than window dressing. The locked bootloader on my AT&T branded device has prevented me from keeping my handset relevent thru the use of custom ROMs, and the continual passing of the blame from the carrier to the manufacturer as to who has the ability to unlock it, despite my free and clear ownership, has left me frustrated. Sony can keep their phones, and if I wasn't on a grandfathered plan with AT&T I'd be giving them the finger too.

I thought I read that Verizon and AT&T want the bootloader lock on devices they sell during that time period, but AT&T backed off its stance while Verizon hasn't.

Posted from Da Lords of Da Underground

You might be referring to SIM unlocking. AT&T has had a policy in the past that has prevented the SIM unlocking of branded devices (even those purchased flat out at full price) unless it has been active on their network for 6 months. My own experience is that it depends on the support rep you speak with and how much pushing you do. Verizon devices on the other hand are all SIM unlocked.

Bootloader unlocking is a different beast entirely. Both Verizon and AT&T don't appreciate the fact that some people want a better working device since it may prevent them from selling you a new device in 2 years. Sprint is usually quite friendly toward modders. T-Mobile I have no experience with.

That phone is a freakin' zombie. It absolutely refuses to die. And, it's awesome that it can run both Android and Windows/Windows Phone without a hitch.

The Xperia S was promised to have ICS on or just after it's release. It ended up taking about 4 months for that to happen. So I wouldn't consider the eventual upgrade to jelly bean as being a good run.

Everyone promises updates just after the release, and it always turns into months. Anyone who actually believes what any manufacturer says regarding updates isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

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My first thought as well, figured it was just because Sony is kinda insignificant to me. They need to open things up and release something across all the US carriers.