Sony made a pretty infographic to explain why Android updates can be so slow

Sony knows you want Android Pie, and it’s working on it. It
promises to get it to you by November, so long as you own an
Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Premium, XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1,
or XZ1 Compact. To tide you over before the update actually
reaches your phone and you see all your upgraded friends
enjoying it, Sony has
published an infographic
to teach you about phone updates.

It’s not Sony’s fault that updates are slow; blame it on the
machine that is a new Android OS rollout. You see, Sony has to
optimize the OS for its hardware; add its own personal touches;
test it internally; test it externally; make sure it meets
certain standards; and ensure the devices actually work with
carriers. It’s a tough job being a phone maker, I guess.

This infographic isn’t inaccurate, to be clear. A lot of work
goes into updating a phone, but Android device makers have
notoriously been terrible about keeping phones current. I
appreciate Sony’s effort to explain the process, but
ultimately, it doesn’t excuse the company from failing to
deliver timely updates or ignoring all but its most recent,
high-end devices.

Here’s the graphic if you want to educate yourself on Sony’s
plight:


Sony

Sony notes that XA2, XA2 Ultra, and XA2 Plus owners will also
see the update, but not until 2019. If you’re already done
digesting that infographic, feel free to check out our
Android Pie review
to see what you’re currently missing.

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