Android Xperia 1 III update clarification is not reassuring

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Sony Xperia’s latest high-end flagship grabbed the headlines a few days ago and not in a good way. A customer representative revealed what may have been the most disappointing aspect of the Xperia 1 III, and it’s not about its hardware. Sony isn’t the best or the worst when it comes to software updates, but its alleged plans for its latest flagship are probably one of the least encouraging we’ve heard in recent years. The company has now reportedly tried to clarify that commitment, but its statement still leaves some questions unanswered.

According to one of Sony’s offices in the Netherlands, the Xperia 1 III will only get one major Android update and two years of software updates for bug fixes and small improvements. This puts it on par with the Moto G and OnePlus Nord phones. Not exactly impressive for a phone that costs $ 1,300.

According to TechRadar, Sony has reached out to refute this report and clarify its software commitment. According to a company spokesperson, the Xperia 1 III will receive “the latest Android updates for two years after launch, and we expect to have Android OS updates more than once during that time. period”. That promise could still leave a sense of conflict over the future of Sony’s premium phone.

For one, two years of Android updates, assuming they refer to monthly updates, are still disappointing in light of most OEMs’ three-year commitments. On the other hand, getting more than one major Android operating system upgrade within two years could guarantee that the Xperia 1 III will at least be updated to Android 13. However, that still largely depends as long as these updates actually arrive.

Unless Sony makes an official announcement committing to what its peers have promised, the Xperia 1 III’s image won’t exactly improve in that regard. To be fair, you’ll always get what you pay for in terms of hardware and photographic features, but smartphones have become more than the sum of those parts. A solid update strategy not only proves a company’s commitment to a product, but also reassures that it won’t be going out of business anytime soon.


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