It’s getting harder and harder to cheer for Sony’s Xperia smartphone. Despite its pedigree, the company has always struggled to bring out devices that remind customers of their place in the history of the mobile market. Although Sony is continuing to support its Open Devices platform for woo developers, its improvements to its already limited number of devices have been relatively slow. The company has reportedly stated when it is moving Android 11 out to its five most recent versions as if to reassure its consumers that it has not forgotten them yet.
Last year there seems to have been a smaller and smaller number of phones run by Sony. Just four, a long way from its smartphone competitors, were released this year by Sony. Since there are so few of them, one would think that Sony would be more easily updated, which is clearly not the case.
Xperia Blog notes that the company has shared its plan for updating five of its smartphones from 2019 to the present. That’s five out of around nine Sony launched during that time span, which, funnily enough would mean a 50% completion rate. At least when it’s going to roll them out.
The Android 11 updates will start with Xperia 1 II this December. The report also mentions that this update would add 4K 140 fps of slow motion video recording to the premium phone. January 2021 will see Xperia 5 II and Xperia 10 II get Android 11, while Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will get theirs in February next year.
Unfortunately, it seems like this is pretty much the end of what Sony can promise, since even Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are absent from that list. Never mind the mid-range Xperia L series phones that hardly get any attention when they’re launched anyway. Given the company’s track record, owners are likely to be glad that they will also be able to get fewer updates than just one.