Report: No Lollipop for non Z-branded Xperia products. Really Sony?

by: Matthew BensonMarch 7, 2015
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The few. The proud. The furious. In the past few weeks Sony has inspired more than a few doom-and-gloom reports, though the latest bit of news, if true, would be a much more hot-headed affair. The beleaguered Japanese giant has finally clarified its Lollipop update plans (we knew it would be coming to Z-devices in the near future) and they are sure not going to please those who don’t have cash to burn.

While it’s true that one should never say never, this tumultuous Tweet has basically confirmed Lollipop won’t be appearing on any non-Z device. To make matters worse, there are actually a couple more reports with the same message (one even from the 4th) that eliminate the potential of misspeaking. Considering that Sony has just announced one such “standard affair” offering, it’s sure to make some people very angry, as it will cast a cloud over the potential [tech-savvy crowd’s] uptake of said product. Casual consumers as well, should they be aware, probably won’t be too thrilled with the “pledge” to drop support either.

Given that Sony’s mobile division isn’t exactly doing well, the absolute last thing it should be doing is angering potential or existing consumers. Still, given the fact that money is so tight, and the products in question aren’t exactly genre defying, spec-blazing miracles, the decision to drop Android update support isn’t hard to understand.

  • Jack Parker

    Sony seem to be going down hill really fast

  • Marty

    I just want to know when LP will hit the Zs.

  • Jugo

    Then there are people who think Sony is great and should make the next Nexus.

  • Ashvir Maharaj

    Own a Z series so not really bothered about the rest but it makes sense to not offer an update for every single device. All manufacturers do that, when you have a lower end or an old device it will reach its last version update and thats that, the new devices though will come will Lollipop so if you going to get the M4 Aqua or E4 then it will come with Lollipop.

  • apolloa

    Meanwhile…… Xperiablog has posted photos sent to them of what looks like an official lollipop firmware on a Sony C3 phone. So I wouldn’t call this a done deal just yet, exec tweets have been wrong before on several occasions.

  • Oscar Antonio Mejia Castillo

    I belive that 90 % of people that buy a low o mid range device don’t really know that version of android they are getting. So if I were Sony I wouldn’t bother on update for everyone of the devices. I mean this man on twitter is asking for Xperia e1 update!!! Is like of Samsung is going to update to lollipop the galaxy pocket. ANDROID AUTHORITY you are trying to make thinks worse! And for no reason

    • TheLonelyCyborg

      I know quite a lot of people who have premium smartphones (Galaxy S5, Note 3/4, Xperia Z2/Z3) and even them don’t know that Android has got “versions” (this weird thing for them). So yes, very logical, though a team of 4/5 people who be enough to develop the firmware.

    • abhish3k

      I know asking for firmware updates for low end devices seems moot from these companies but it’s not like they can’t do it. Look at Motorola, ASUS, Xiaomi… they have plans for lollipop and have updated their devices in the past nonetheless.

      • Android Developer

        I think all companies should update their devices, no matter how cheap/expensive they are. Do it as long as you can, at least for 2 years. Also, when support is finished, open source the drivers, to give the roms-community a chance of supporting it further.
        As Google optimizes the OS even for low-specs devices, there is no excuse for companies to neglect them.

        • abhish3k

          You’re right! and that’s what I meant. Added “low end” to make myself more clear.

          • Android Developer

            well unfortunately I’m not in a power position in any major manufacturer company, so all I can is just write what I think… :)

        • [S]unjay

          Won’t the hardware companies be responsible for drivers?

          • Android Developer

            Yes, but if the drivers are open sourced, after the support ends, people could use them to get them adjusted nicer for new versions of Android.

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    • xpir

      As part of my job I sell these phones, from the old Sony Ericssson non-smartphone devices up to the Z3. I have yet to witness a single customer ask about Android versions on any of the low-range Xperia devices, in fact, I haven’t heard anyone ask about the high-range ones either. It is my experience that anyone who cares about what version of Android a phone can run already knows the answer thanks to resources such as GSMArena.

    • LastoftheBrunnen_G

      If small companies like Blu can update cheap
      $99 unlocked phones so can Sony, LG, Samsung, HTC..etc. This is another reason why Chinese phone manufacturers are going to put the Koreans and Japanese corps out of business.

      • balcobomber25

        Blu is a smaller company in name only. They have the backing of Gionee which is one of the largest OEMs in China. Blue has 27 models in production only 5 have been confirmed for 5.0.

        • LastoftheBrunnen_G

          That’s still more models than Sony who is a multi-billion dollar conglomerate. I really don’t get why these companies don’t just run stock and let Google take care of the updates.

          I would mention CyanogenMod but after screwing over OnePlus it seems that they are more concerned about becoming billionaire’s via a buyout than focusing on the actual product and partnerships.

          • balcobomber25

            If all Z series are updated (including tablets and alternate versions) there will be 18 models getting the update.

            Running stock Android wouldn’t make a difference as every phone runs different hardware. Google would never be able to keep up with every device that is made. Which is why it is up to the individual manufacturers regardless of what version of Android the use. Personally I am not a fan of stock Android I much prefer MIUI and Flyme.

          • [S]unjay

            That isn’t more models than Sony. Sony is updating the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Z Tablet, Z Ultra, Z1, Z1 Compact, Z2, ZL2, Z2 Tablet, Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet Compact.

          • MattEgansHairLine

            It’s the business model choosen that causes these issue.

            When Google started roid, to get manufactuerers and carriers to use it, they had to offer control of the platform.

            Lets see if we can balance this equation, Google only support a device for a maximum of two years, carriers offer contracts for two years. Coincidence? Or a business model that forces unessaceary upgrades with planned reduced obselesonce?

      • MattEgansHairLine

        Tell that to the people who comment on this site who get zero updates

        • LastoftheBrunnen_G

          I assume most people aside from noobs are at the very least a bit tech savvy. If so then these people should do their research on the best companies who provide the best tech support.

    • Luka Mlinar

      Your first statement is false. You confused tech savvy with broke. Your second comparison is also a bit wrong. I was a Sony user before and the things usually went: 2 updates for the high end phones, 1 update for the mid range phones and 0 updates for the low end phones. I will agree that the E1 is a low-end phone and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it’s not getting lollipop (even though it was updated once), but Sony just pissed on a whole line of mid range devices that came with 4.4 preinstalled: C3, T3, M2 Aqua, E3. All capable Snapdragon 400 devices.

      • Anonymousfella

        Exactly! Not updating non Z devices is a terrible strategy. Midrange device buyers are going to be pissed. Their next phones will most likely not be Sony since there are other OEMs who update mid tier devices like Moto. Sony cant afford to be losing any more customers can they?

        • I agree that not updating those phones is bad, but I really don’t think most of the midrange users care about updates. They just want their phones to work.

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        • nondimwit

          No one will be using a Sony for their next phone most likely. I’ll be surprised if Sony ever makes a new phone again considering how much money they have lost on them..

        • Eddy Cen

          I agreed with that.

    • What is for those people who buy the mid-rangers like the T2 Ultra , C and a few others.There’s a lot of tech-savvy crowd stuck within that boundary just because they don’t have enough to shell out & just because customers on the whole don’t understand Android and their numbers doesn’t mean they don’t stand a chance to get the better.I own an Xperia Sp which didn’t manage to get the Kitkat update even though it did lie within the 18month cycle.I’ve Installed a Custom Rom to get back what Sony refused to offer but what about the general public.How can Sony decide whether to give an Os update or not based its foresight without even giving a oppurtuity for its followers to play with.Heard of talks that Sony is planning to close the gates of it’s Xperia Campus within a year or so.Maybe this turns out to be the first sign that it does have such plans in mind!

    • pytajnik

      that is so true, lots of my friends have a Sony smartphone, and when I ask them what version of android do they have, their answer is usually “Sony”.

      • sosa56

        Thing is though android’s quite buggy so updates are crucial for the expected life of the phone (I.e. 18 months minimum) when I got my xperia m on jellybean the GPS didn’t work its only after trying to get this sorted that I learnt about android versions and Sony not updating, you’re right who cares about android versions but the phones need to work and must have updates to allow this

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Yes AA, why are you trying to disturbe the reality distortion field Google has managed to create around Android?

      Please do not let people know that Google state that support for roid is only two years, and I’ll qualify that as they do, dependent on model, manufactuerer and carrier allowing update.

      And those two years shrink when you realise lollipop was released in November, looking more like 18 months of actual support.

      No manufactuerer support all their devices (except Apple), not Google, Sony, Motorola/Lenovo, htc, Samsung, some support none of their products.

      Yes, the majority of roid devices still carry Heartbleed, please pretend you never heard this fact.

      Keep your roid field distorted, please fall for the biggest marketing budgets ever, and pretend you get software support for more than 18 months!

    • Btort

      I don’t understand people who buy mid range phones brand new, where they can buy a Galaxy s4 or a htc one for about the same price. Some phones like the S4 or G3 with removable batteries you can buy anker or zerolemon batteries and it will be LIKE new. I just don’t get why some people would waste money on mid range specs where they can get 1-2 year old phones at a bargain USED.

  • Ariel Jersey Jr.

    You want a Lollipop update for your Xperia E1? Are you freaking serious mate!?

  • blacky2198

    Considering the Sony profit loss from mobile division (almost 1,5 billion USD). They just trying to save some money to create another new product rather than maintaining their old devices.

  • Yannick Olivier Orounla

    They just want to reserve the latest OS version for their high end devices, which means for their premium customers. I do understand, some of their mid range like the M4 pack a lot of features which are not so far from the Z ones. So lollipop it’s to differentiate the Z serie, and make it feel more premium

  • Mohamed Elkastawy

    Sony is so stupid, customers won’t choose the xperia over Samsung, HTC or LG when it comes to high price devices. And people are leaving Android because it doesn’t get the latest update right away like iPhone does, something to consider!

    • Shieryar1

      Nexus ;)

    • balcobomber25

      Android itself has nothing to do with Sony or any other company releasing updates. Several Android manufacturerers are do release updates just as quick as Apple. Xiaomi updates their devices every Friday. Where are these people leaving Android going? Android controls over 80% of the market.

      • Mohamed Elkastawy

        Apple has a 93% profit from the market. And there are some xiaomi phones without the latest updates. And no one updates their devices like Apple. When iOS 8 came out, all iPhones except for iPhone 4 had it.

        • balcobomber25

          Apple can do that because their phones are the only ones that use iOS. Google does that with it’s Nexus and Official Android Store models. Google has hundreds of brands all using Android. If iOS was open like Android is they would have the same issue.

    • [S]unjay

      Every highend Xperia phones is getting Lollipop. The only phones that won’t get Lollipop are midrange phones….Samsung and LG aren’t upgrading their midrange phones either.

  • Rick_Deckard

    Man I love my PS4… But Sony is just making more mistakes… I am losing faith in the company…. I was so excited to get the Z4…. But not anymore….

    • LastoftheBrunnen_G

      Sony will be dead in 3yrs they just aren’t relevant anymore in any market outside consoles.

      • shoolawa

        Not relevant in any market? Wanna talk about the upcoming Sony M4 aqua that rocks the socks off of the whole overpriced POS Galaxy A series? And for a significantly lower price. Wanna talk about every single TOP3 TV of the year list which always includes a Sony TV? 90% of smartphones use Sony cameras. They are leaders, or in top 3 in every single branch (quality and innovation wise), yet their sales don’t go well. One of the reasons is this non stop bashing by the tech sites. I really don’t get it. It’s as if they’re just waiting for any opportunity to talk crap about Sony. Always taking stuff out of context, and forming readers opinions.
        Intentionally phrased this “news” as if Sony cuts off support for all devices. Samsung, HTC,LG are doing the same exact thing as we speak, do they get this kind of press? NO

        • LastoftheBrunnen_G

          Point and Shoot cams are are dying market due to smartphones but Sony’s saving grace is that they are making the more popular smartphone cams.

          As far as TVs, audio, goes those divisions have been bleeding red for years. Making a top 3 TVs means nothing if they don’t sell. They and MSFT went half ass with the 8th Gen Console designs and are going to by punished for it by having to cut the life spans of these systems in half since $99 desktop GPUs than can be installed in any Dell or HP from best buy can provide a superior gaming experience.

          • shoolawa

            Handheld consoles were destined to a painful death as soon as the phones got smart. Anyways, my point was – Does Sony wanna rush pushing Lollipop, even to the devices that may suffer in performance due to it? Is 5.0 or .1 few new features worth compromising an awesome performing kitkat on the E4? We all saw what happened with the famous LG G3, when LG rushed. Made a flagship phone barely usable. LG gets a “phone of the year” award at MWC and praise from tech sites like these, Sony gets bashed for doing the right thing. From all this negative hype, you would think Xperia will be stuck on windows95, while all others are on windows10. It is clear that this is a media heist, it is clear as day.

          • Cole Raney

            Phones are not doomed to die. Android and iOS us far away from replacing them. Plus, the 3DS has been selling pretty well. The Vita, eh not so much.

          • inspire

            Absolutely it seems like media heist. Or shall I say paid media. You pay us and we will create good hype for you and bad for others! recent example is S6 , although it’s a good phone but every single article on PA is on S6 like more than 10 and probably a bad article on Sony.
            Same happens for the xperia cameras. They are not bad at all if not the top notch but yet every tech site bashes Z series cameras as if they are the worst!
            No body posts about z series noise cancellation and music upsampling features or the way they update and publish every single media app for ALL phones to use but they report creatively if samoled has a diamond matrix or some other matrix this time. And numerous other examples…

          • [S]unjay

            I bought my Vita at launch and I love it to death. More and more great games keep getting released.

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            Really because Vita hasn’t even been in the news in nearly 2yrs. It’s hardware is already obsolete and if fact Nvidia Sheild handheld was superior in every regard. It’s obsolete as well.

            Handhelds had their time and like consoles that time is at an end save for very niche products like 3DS. However nearly any midrange tablet or smartphone can now provide a vastly superior gaming experience when teamed with a controller.

          • [S]unjay

            You seem to enjoy bashing Sony with every opening that you get.

            Wrong, the Vita has never left the news unless you have been out of touch. Siliconera’s Vita section is very active with news. The Vita’s hardware was obsolete before it was released. Also, the Vita’s internals may be weak but there isn’t a single Android or iOS game that matches the graphical prowess of Need For Speed Most Wanted, Uncharted Golden Abyss or Killzone Mercenary. Developers simply don’t take mobile gaming seriously.

            “Handhelds had their time and like consoles that time is at an end save for very niche products like 3DS. However nearly any midrange tablet or smartphone can now provide a vastly superior gaming experience when teamed with a controller.”

            Ahh, sweet delusion. There are barely any mobile games worth being taken seriously. They’re all severely watered down from their counterparts that are found in dedicated gaming devices.

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            The delusion is that you Sony Pom POM’s are blinding you from seeing that this company is irrelevant beyoned PS4. No one except die hard Sony fans care about Xperia. They are not very popular in the USA or in China. In a year’s time either Xiaomi or Meizu will break into the US/EU markets and Sony will have to take yet another back seat. They might as well sell off their mobile division like Motorola did so they can focus more on the one thing they actually do right which is consoles.

            If they don’t then Nvidia is going to eat their lunch with it’s Shield console which I’m sure will be running games with the incredible “Vulkan” API.

          • [S]unjay

            The delusion is that you Sony Pom POM’s are blinding you from seeing that this company is irrelevant beyoned PS4. No one except die hard Sony fans care about Xperia. They are not very popular in the USA or in China. In a year’s time either Xiaomi or Meizu will break into the US/EU markets and Sony will have to take yet another back seat.

            You’re clearly the one who is delusion. Do you know who makes the sensors that your “relevant companies” use? Do you know who did the first OLED TV? Do you know who revolutionized the media player craze? Do you know that Sony’s highend phones sell quite well? It’s okay, you won’t know if you’re delusional.

            Secondly, Motorola never sold of their mobile division. Google sold them because Google only wanted Motorola’s patents.

            Secondly, Nvidia hasn’t been very successful with Android. Sony has way more marketshare than they do.

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            All of which matters for not. Motorola sold it’s mobile division to Google who in turn sold it to Lenovo after they received pressure from Samsung to abandon any ideas of becoming a possible competitor, Google then came up with the patents excuse to save face.

            I can care less what Sony did 10yrs ago, they also invented the portable CD and cassette players but I’ll reckon you’re too young to remember that. Let’s not forget the proprietary crap like minidisc, magicstick DRM flash, ATRAC, lot of bad HTIB sets and Stereo receivers. Who could forget the cute but grossly overpriced Sony Clie PDA’s running Palm OS (which I actually owned back in 2001). Let’s also not forget the failed VIAO line of expensive PCs, Laptops..etc.

            Sony is a lot like Apple in the sense that they are all style but the difference is that Apple is also substance and has intelligent people running it’s company as opposed to monkey’s in business suits who are doing their damn best to drown the company in red ink.

            Sony is and had always been a backwards anti-consumer corporation pushing it’s proproprietary garbage down it’s customers throats. Look at PS4 no MP3 playback are you f##king kidding me? Then they decided to charge for PSN why? Because Sony fanboys are morons who love to be abused.

            No thanks I’ll take my Gaming PC, HTPC, Chinese android phones and gladly tell Sony to f##koff.

            Tell your Xperia Z my OnePlus One say hi.

          • [S]unjay

            You claimed that Motorola sold their division, I corrected you then you regurgitated what I said. How pathetic.

            Lets not forgot OnePlus’s sexist “Ladies First” campaign, their inability to supply their demand, their dangerous smash the past campaign, claiming that their device would be the most beautiful around, the CEO claimed that his device was smaller than the Xperia Z1 but he obviously lied and many more faults that I don’t have the time of day to remember. http://www.androidauthority.com/oneplus-one-5-5-inch-display-355944/ It’s cool if you liked false marketing. You must also be delusional if you think that Sony was influential a decade ago.

            Isn’t Apple the company that releases outdated technology with a bloated price tag? The garbage known as the Apple Watch costs 17,000 dollars.

            Sony is and had always been a backwards anti-consumer corporation pushing it’s proproprietary garbage down it’s customers throats.

            ^^^This is coming from someone who just praised Apple. Get your thoughts together and stop contradicting yourself….

            Look at PS4 no MP3 playback are you f##king kidding me?

            Sure because I need media playback in a gaming console /s.

            Then they decided to charge for PSN why? Because Sony fanboys are morons who love to be abused.

            ^^^This is such a ridiculous statement. It’s cool that Microsoft charges for Xbox Live but it’s wrong for Sony to charge for PSN?! Paying for PSN allows us to get better service, a better service and overall customer experience. A concept that you can’t fathom.

            No need to tell them “f##koff”, no one is forcing you to buy a Sony device. You have a stick up your bum for Sony.

            “Tell your Xperia Z my OnePlus One say hi.”

            ^^^^Hahaha, your OnePlus can’t hold a candle to the Xperia Z3. What does your OnePlus do that the Z3 can’t?

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            “You claimed that Motorola sold their division, I corrected you then you regurgitated what I said. How pathetic.”

            My claim was correct they sold it to Google and you worded it as if they never sold it, so it is I that is in fact correcting you.

            “Isn’t Apple the company that releases outdated technology with a bloated price tag? The garbage known as the Apple Watch costs 17,000 dollars.”

            They do so because of people like you who worship at the alter of Sony and Apple’s fan boys do the same for them. Apple has since the return of Steve Jobs in the late 90s marketed itself as an elitist brand like BMW, though Jobs is dead that culture remains as prevalent as ever. For many Apple consumers it’s not about tech but social status, most geeks do not understand this because they often reject mainstream culture but a $17K watch isn’t meant for you and me it’s meant for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian to wear at the next awards show so that other celebrates, moguls, executives follow suit.

            “This is coming from someone who just praised Apple. Get your thoughts together and stop contradicting yourself.”

            Again you failed to comprehend my previous statement where I compared Apple vs Sony on being fashion-centric companies but differ in terms of the actual real world functionality of their products, for ease of use and simplicity nothing beats iOS but for power users like ourselves who demand more customization and control it;s not enough so we use Android. With this said you’d be surprised how many non-tech people find android intimidating. Android Authority summed it up quite well.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfmd0vjUPWg

            “Sure because I need media playback in a gaming console /s”

            Foot in the mouth again? If said gaming consoles also advertises itself as a home media center then yes basic MP3 playback should be standard and consumers should not be forced into purchasing a proprietary streaming service just to have the basic functionality of music playback.

            “This is such a ridiculous statement. It’s cool that Microsoft charges for Xbox Live but it’s wrong for Sony to charge for PSN?! Paying for PSN allows us to get better service, a better service and overall customer experience. A concept that you can’t fathom.”

            As a PS3 owner I gave kudos to Sony for not charging a fee for PSN since online gaming is free for millions on PC however MSFT in it’s greed decided to exploit it’s closed box system and charge consumers a fee for what they can get for free on a superior platform(PC), however it seems Sony is so desperate for cash now they will squeeze whomever they can for a penny even if it gives them bad press.

            “Hahaha, your OnePlus can’t hold a candle to the Xperia Z3. What does your OnePlus do that the Z3 can’t?”

            Bigger screen, better screen, better front cam, better speakerphone, higher benchmark scores, better ROM with no lag, half the price. :D

          • [S]unjay

            My claim was correct they sold it to Google and you worded it as if they never sold it, so it is I that is in fact correcting you.

            Wrong once again. I said that Google sold them.

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            We certainly agree about Apple but I am not brand loyal at all. I will simply defend Sony through the thick and thin when they are unjustly criticized but that doesn’t mean that I own any of their products.

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            But Sony isn’t comparable to a fashion company. They release products in every price range from dirt cheap to top of line. Rather than Apple which only releases products with exorbitant price tags.

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            If said gaming consoles also advertises itself as a home media center then yes basic MP3 playback should be standard and consumers

            The PS4 was never advertised as a home media center. Sony would have been sued for false marketing if they did. The PS4 was advertised as a pure gaming device though Sony has been slowly opening it up to media consumption.

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            As PlayStation matures, bandwidth increases and costs increase. In addition, better servers are needed which adds to the expenditure. There bajillion PC games and the servers aren’t all financed by Microsoft unlike Sony. So it’s quite easy to get away without paying.

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            Bigger screen, better screen, better front cam, better speakerphone, higher benchmark scores, better ROM with no lag, half the price. :D

            ^^^^^Hahahahaahahaha, let me show you the errs of your beliefs.

            Bigger screen – Opinion. Screen size is chosen by preference and can not be objectively superior.

            Better screen – Nope. They both have the same resolution but the Z3 has a higher pixel density. Secondly, Sony uses Quantum Dot Matrix screens which have much better color reproduction than most LCD screens. Sony is the only big company that uses it. They call it their “Triluminos Display”.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_dot

            Better speakerphone – The Xperia Z3’s speakers put the One’s speaker’s to shame. The only smartphone that can compete with the Z3’s speakers are HTC phones and other Sony phones. The OnePlus can’t match the Z3 in the frequency response curve nor does it have stereo speakers. The stereo speakers that OnePlus claims to have are two mono speakers. More false marketing.

            Better benchmarks – The Xperia Z3 and the Oneplus One perform just as well in benchmarks. They both have the same chips.

            Better rom with no lag – Lol, the Z3 isn’t laggy. In fact, Sony is one of the founding members of the open handset alliance, this means that Google approves of Sony’s ROM and that Sony along with Google and many Android OEMs are part of team that is trying to compete against OnePlus and Cyanogen. This “better rom” is Google’s adversary and they go against the vision that Google has for Android. Cyanogen keeps talking a Google-less world. Wait….didn’t Cyanogen screw OnePlus over for Micromax. You should not be an advocate for a company with unethical business practices, especially as an owner of the OnePlus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Handset_Alliance

            Sure, the OnePlus will obviously be half the price if they don’t spend any money on R&D, marketing and supplying their product. They have also skimped on specs and have used cheaper hardware in some areas, plus, they’re chinese where hardware can be obtained at a cheap price.

            The Xperia Z3 has better battery life than the OnePlus One. http://i.imgur.com/ejOaUqK.png Infact, PhoneArena claimed that Sony is the king of batterylife. http://www.phonearena.com/news/All-bow-to-the-new-endurance-kings-Sony-Xperia-Z3-and-Z3-Compact-score-a-record-battery-life_id60922

            Sony phones simply have better build quality (and I will admit, subjectively better designs). OnePlus can’t incorporate glass and metal without ranking up the price. Secondly, Sony started the trend of using Metal frames with other materials. Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Gionee and many other companies have hopped onto Sony’s bandwagon.

            Sony started the water resistance trend. Sure, there were water resistant phones before Sony did them but no other company with the market presence of Sony had relentlessly released and marketed these water resistant phones until Sony did it.

            Superior camera. It’s no secret that Sony is a camera mastermind and it certainly is no secret that most highend smartphones use Sony sensors. Thus, it’s unsurprising that Sony truly outshines OnePlus in the camera department. OnePlus needs to skimp on the specs to keep the price low.

            Sony smartphones have liquid head pipe cooling technology. Good luck getting a high-end device with this cooling system. OnePlus won’t use this in smartphones just yet, it will add to the manufacturing cost. http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Xperia-Z2-has-liquid-heat-pipe-cooling-technology_id54935

            Xperia smartphones support digital noise isolation. Sony once again, showing their dominance in audio. No other device has this feature.

            The Z3 has two TFA9890 (2x) chips (DAC amps) that play music at 48kHz each. This brings it to a total of 96kHz that obliderates the competition. 96kHz is better known as high resolution audio with less quantization errors

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-resolution_audio

            Great ecosystem for gamers thanks to PlayStation integration and Remote Play support.

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            You realize you can’t hear 96khz? Besides unless you are running FLAC and quality headphones you won’t be able to notice the difference.

            I don’t bother with trying to do high res audio on mobile since that would require me having to carry a Fiio DAC/Amp. I currently switch between my Photive PT-BTH3PT-BTH3’s and ATH-M50x. For home I use a Schiit Stack for my Sennheiser HD598 or NVX Audio XPT100’s.

          • [S]unjay

            I guess that we won’t hear the difference unless we use FLAC and really high-end equipment. It is pointless on mobile but I guess that Sony is doing it for the 1% that care. They recently announced an overpriced memory for premium sound http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-unveils-64gb-microsd-card-premium-sound/

            You have a lot of headphones. I only have the V-Moda XS and some broken Sony MDR-400s.

          • LastoftheBrunnen_G

            Lol they must believe people are morons charging $149 for a MicroSD card. They might as well bring back MagicGate DRM memory sticks while they’re at it. The reason why Vinyl sounds better than everything else it is because music recorded on LP is 24bit uncompressed vs 16bit compressed for CD, FLAC, MP3, AAC, OGG..etc. The only thing that came close was SACD/HDCD from the late 90’s early 00’s. Me personally I only use FLAC for stuff I really want to achive, I mainly stick with MP3 320k via LAME.

            I love headphones, those aren’t even all of them I have plenty more. I always tell headphone noobs to get a pair of Monoprice 8323’s they are dirt cheap, sound great and end up being a gateway drug to better cans.

          • [S]unjay

            I remember Magic Gate in the PSP. Ah, then I learned something. I new that Vinyl sounded better due to the compression of formats but I did not the intricacies of it. I mainly 320kbps.

            Yes, cheap headphones are always better than the stock headphones that most people are used to.

            I don’t really know much about headphones and audio reproduction, haha.

      • shoolawa

        What surprises me the most is the level of incompetence of Sony’s PR and marketing. Do they even focus on public opinion? This poor admin of the Sony twitter page, does he even know what he’s talking about? Sony is just too silent when it needs to respond accordingly. Example- the OLED and AMOLED craze.. make a public event, explain that SONY BUILT THE FIRST OLED TV EVER. Educate people of why putting an amoled panel in a TV is a bad thing, cause it affects the lifespan. No, they just wait for their engineers to do their stuff, film a semi queer commercial, and expect to sell. If they don’t fix that, they should die, even though they were and always will be leaders in innovation and quality.

  • I have an Xperia Z3 so I don’t really care, but I think the T3 deserves the update. If Sony makes that one exception, it’s going to be great.

  • Sonysuxs

    Hahahahaha Sony fail, guess all these Sony lovers with the z series will feel that much better when Sony starts cutting them off at the knees, lol.. First the z1,then z2 and on and on
    ….. the dragons are coming….

    • balcobomber25

      Except a “Sony Lover” with a Z series is getting the update…..

  • shoolawa

    Ok, as a user of a “third party” smartphone, I have to be perfectly honest about all these Sony stuff appearing in media. Whenever it’s bad, it’s highlighted on the front page of every single website, tech blog etc. Whenever it’s good it’s thrown onto a 5th page. Everyone saw the “Sony is selling off Xperia”. No one saw the “Sony denies rumours” posts. This just seems like a heist.
    And does Samsung offer better support for their mid and low range devices? I don’t think so…

    • balcobomber25

      Welcome to news on the internet. Bad news sells it happens in every industry with every brand name.

      • inspire

        Did anyone report in such scandalous way that LG /Samsung/ HTC also didn’t update /support mid range devices. I guess it’s equally bad PR but yet to found on any website front column (or in any column).

        • balcobomber25

          I don’t know about Samsung but LG and HTC hasn’t had an official word yet on when and what models will be updated. When they do there will be stories about them. This isn’t a smear campaign against Sony. It’s not Android Authority who decided not to update the majority of Sony’s lineup.

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  • Martin Kaiser

    In fact, Sony will update more phone models than any other vendor. The whole Z series. Kudos Sony.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. This basically shows that they iterated their Z line too frequently (which keeps their hands full updating), and also why they’ve said they’d be scaling that back in the future.

      The fact that a Sony phone released less than six months ago isn’t getting Lollipop is, quite frankly, pathetic. I think Sony makes really nice hardware, but their update policies stink.

  • Annonymous

    The thing with Android updates is really stupid. There’s too much BS with custom parts and drivers and stuff.

    Everything sould be generic like in PCs so anyone could compile their version of Android easily.

  • nsage

    I’m neither surprised nor very disappointed, sony can’t update everyone of their devices to lollipop, and besides there are a lot of phones under the “Z series” name.

  • Fidelator

    Is Samsung updating their lower end devices? What about HTC? LG? Any chinese manufacturer? Didn’t think so.

    The only player that updates it’s lower end devices is Motorola (great work btw) yet Sony is the ONE that always gets all the bad press coverage

    Samsung’s tablet uses an outdated and outperformed Exynos 5 series soc? Sony’s waterproof tablet sporting an SD801 is still a “hard buy” over “similar devices”

    Nice work killing competition.

    • balcobomber25

      Several Chinese manufacturers are updating to 5.0 across all their devices. Quite a few low to mid range Chines phones are now shipping with 5.0

      • LastoftheBrunnen_G

        Motorola is Chinese now as well so we can add them to the list.

        • nondimwit

          I think he meant Chinese phones for the Chinese market, like Oppo or Meizu.

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  • nyc_rock

    Sony still hasn’t updated their flagships. I would be more concerned with that.

  • sexyboy

    motorola phone are best in terms of software updates whether its moto g,e or x.

  • pseudo

    Glad I avoided Sony’s low end and went with Vodafone, they told me that the smart 4 turbo will be updated to lollipop at some point.(It’s definitely powerful enough).

  • Faux-News

    blame google for their crappy foundation.

  • Derpy Dimentio

    well good thing i have the Z :p

  • Ryan Joseph Ramos

    I gotta agree. It doesn’t make much sense to update every unit in the massive Xperia line. Besides, a ton of Sony users are smart enough to fiddle with their phones to install custom Lollipop roms anyway if they really want it. Not saying it shouldn’t be an excuse not to do stock OTA updates, but really, I’m fine with my old Xperia Neo running JB. It’s usable enough. Though nice to know my daily driver, a Z2, will be getting an update. Having the latest and ‘greatest’ version isn’t high on my list of priorities. It’d be nice, but it’s not a deal-breaker. Also, I recently purchased a cheap Android One device…

  • Karly Johnston

    Sony Mobile just destroyed itself.

    • [S]unjay

      What about Samsung and LG that aren’t updating midrange phones?

  • What is all the fuss about
    Only these devices are going to be updated from Samsung and Lg. no one complains.

    http://cdn.meme.am/instances/500x/59991858.jpg

    Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 GPE, Galaxy Note 3
    Galaxy TabPRO 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab 12.2 Pro, Galaxy Tab S 8.4, Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Galaxy S3 – not officially, but you can get a custom version – all things Galaxy S3 update related.

    LG G Pad 8.3 GPE, LG G3, LG G3 Stylus, LG G2, LG G Pad 8.3, LG G2 Mini,LG G Flex,Other LG devices expected to be updated include the LG G3 Beat and LG G3 S. What about the others?

    However, only Sony gets hit . God knows why?

    Please get a life, stop bashing Sony. They are trying to make a good effort, if not support them at least ignore them.

    • rayPenber

      Exactly :D Sony will push Lollipop to more devices than LG will, yet Sony is the bastard here (?!). And ofc, this will spread like plague all over the media. A decent effort, and reasonable pricing for the Xperia E4 and M4aqua went down the drain after this. What a media spin off, and a typical bash. Something stinks in the consumer market. Someone really hates Sony.

  • Mike Bastable

    I admire Sony being honest…others just never update and just ignore customer tweets….however ANY company doing this does not deserve support. So, vote with your wallets and buy from someone else….

  • aaloo

    Imagine Apple saying that their latest operating system won’t even work on last year’s phones. Lol. Now some are going to say that apple only makes puny number of devices and they don’t have a bajillion devices to worry about and update. Well stop shitting a device out every two weeks if you can’t update it or provide support for the duration of a customer’s contract or 2-3 years. Fact is, the minute most of these other OEMs sell you their device, they stop caring about you. They would rather sell the next phone than worry about updating your phone. Lollipop has been released for months and still only accounts for 2.5% of install base, compared to nearly 75% for iOS 8. but I guess you can just root your phone, whatever that even means.

    • Cole Raney

      There is a bit of a difference. You can still be on Gingerbread and be able to use a lot of apps. If you are on iOS 4(roughly the same age), it is useless. You don’t NEED an update on android like you do on iOS. Although it would be nice.

    • [S]unjay

      Apple doesn’t make $200 devices…

  • Should have announced it’s Os update plans in a even more polite way I guess.Proclaiming that anything that’s less than Z is going to be let down the waters is a little rude and that’s what are the reactions on social media seem to be boiling.I feel they apologize since that word is supposed to be used stereotypically in an event of dismay or to say the least their words sound so!

  • cdm283813

    Don’t matter to me. I don’t buy crap in the first place.

    • Marty

      It’d be nice to have an S6, though. :)

  • shamatuu

    when you buy a midrange or low end you should not expect a update.

  • Mena Samuel

    In a way this makes sense..
    I’ve a Nexus 5, a Google phone that got the Lollipop update before everybody else, and to be honest, unlike all previous updates that made my previous Nexus phones faster and more usable. Lollipop is heavy, buggy and it forced me to go back to KitKat.. I think it really needs a strong phone to be able to run it and unless you’r buying a flagship phone, the difference between KitKat and Lollipop does not justify the degraded performance you will get if your phone is not strong enough.

  • inspire

    Really Androidauthority?
    Did you ever report (in such bad PR way) that Samsung, LG, HTC are also not updating their non-flagship devices? So why for Sony?
    Enlighten me if I’m wrong here but I didn’t see any updates to galaxy mega/grand/ace/neo/pocket/ and other hundred thousand galaxies… Neither from LG in their non-G series or HTC’s non-one line up.
    Looks like AA is the troll this time!

  • efex 172

    The reporting coming out of android “no” Authority is getting to be so low IQ so stupid its bordering on childish reporting. Start trying to figure out what your reporting on because its starting to look like school reporting… Its a astounding lack of judgement on several levels.

  • It’s important to differentiate between os upgrades and security/hardware fixes.

    I like my z2 as it is, lollipop is not a major issue for me but updates for security/hardware fixes is a must. Some of those include Heartbleed, Freak, heat issue on camera.

    I would rather they skip right over 5.0 and go for 5.1 which will have fixed many of the new issues in 5.0.

    Using a new os right when it’s launched is looking for trouble.

    If you require bleeding edge then flash a custom rom.

  • MattEgansHairLine

    How is this news? Support for roid is a maximum of two years, as stated by Google. And again, as stated by Google, depending on manufactuerers and/or carrier, often less if any at all (ask Blu customers with zero updates).

    Distorting your reality much?

  • Markéta

    And Xperia E1 please

  • vdimitroff

    Why exclude the ‘Z’ models – there’s equally NO Lollipop for them, half a year (!) after they first promised to provide an update. So we can reliably count this out. Those interested can read a little more here:

    https://plus.google.com/+VladimirDimitroff/posts/dAT1LbrE92J