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No KitKat for you: Sony halts Xperia SP software support at Android 4.3

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Sony Xperia SPWe’ve brought you so many pieces of good news lately vis-à-vis KitKat updates, with Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG united in a never-before-seen effort to rid the Android landscape of fragmentation, that we almost forgot how painful it is to report on software support terminations.

But like it or not, we have to acknowledge some slightly older devices will never get to taste KitKat’s scrumptiousness. Not officially, as there are always CyanogenMod-powered alternatives.

The thing is Sony’s Xperia SP, which will apparently stick to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean until the end of time, isn’t that old. And it ain’t a pushover hardware-wise either, with a dual-core 1.7 GHz chip inside the hood, 1 GB RAM and a 4.6-inch 720p display capable of delivering solid image quality… for a mid-ranger.

Remember, Sony rolled this baby out in April 2013, so it barely turns one this month. And the Japan-based OEM said an Android 4.4 port for the Xperia SP was “under investigation” months ago. In fact, it still is, according to this support page.

Yet odds are the upgrade will never come to light on this particular device. No one knows the reason, no one has any explanations, but maybe that’s for the best. It keeps the hope torch lit, despite the ominous news coming straight from the horse’s mouth – Sony Mobile’s French arm.

Via [Xperia Blog]

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