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Sony Xperia SP Won?t Receive Android 4.4 KitKat Says Sony Mobile Team; Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V Are Likely Affected Too

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Source: Sony Mobile

Sony Xperia SP owners will not be delighted about an announcement from Sony Mobile representative. Apparently, the 2013 mid-range smartphone is not getting Android 4.4 KitKat update according to the team which may affect Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V as well.

Xperia SP End of Life Cycle

A dedicated section from FrAndroid forums called ?Sony answers your questions? revealed a stunning truth regarding Sony Xperia SP?s Android 4.4 KitKat update. Sony Mobile team received a question in February 18th 2014 several days after the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean began rolling out.

One thread asked when Sony Xperia SP will receive an Android 4.4 KitKat update and in early March, the team confirmed promising early details about another major firmware update. But now, Sony Mobile team said that the smartphone is not anymore receiving Android KitKat.

It seems like the team wanted an early end of life cycle for Xperia SP that happens to be spending its first-year anniversary ? release date back in April 2013. So far, Sony official support page for the smartphone has not been updated yet and remains ?under investigation? for Android 4.4 KitKat.

With the early judgment given to the device, there is only a slim chance of getting any reconsideration from Sony Mobile and likely 99 per cent locked with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Impact to Other Xperia

It is not only Sony Xperia SP which has been tagged as ?under investigation? by Sony Mobile. Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V are also under the same status on Android 4.4 KitKat update. Sony Mobile?s upgrade plans for Q1 2014 excluded all four mid-range smartphones and only listed the latest models in the market.

Xperia Smartphone

Current Update

Release Date

Support Expiration

Xperia SPAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanApril 2013October 2014
Xperia TAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanSeptember 2012March 2014
Xperia TXAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanOctober 2012April 2014
Xperia VAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanDecember 2012June 2014


Based on the official release dates for these smartphones, Xperia SP and Xperia V are more eligible to receive Android 4.4 KitKat update before Google releases Android 4.4.3 or Android 4.5/5.0 versions.

As far as strict ruling, all devices with good sales record and within 18-month update window period remain eligible for any major update from their respective manufacturers.

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