Yes, and to help other readers and googlers realize how short lived the support can be on Sony phones I'll even list some dates from my own experience: - Sony Xperia Z3 released Sept.1, 2014 - I bought my Xperia Z3 in November 2015 - Last security update to Sony Xperia Z3 May 1, 2016 (Android 6.0.1) ...... So in Sony's view the phone basically has a 1 year and 8 months lifespan if you happen to buy it the very month the phone is released... In my case the phone had a 7 month lifespan (measured by when Sony turns their back on the device completely). Unacceptable. If I had know that I sure would not have bought the Sony phone in Nov.2015. I propose a way for Sony to save face in all of this. Offer a subscription plan of $100 a year, available only for the 3 years after the release date of the phone. That subscription plan should offer downloads of all security updates for the version of Android installed on the phone. This way someone could buy a Sony phone at any point in the 3 year window, pay the $100/year and get updates. Call me Sony, I have lots of good ideas
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I've actually been in touch with Sony support several times asking that they release security patches for my phone (Z3 on Android 6.0.1) and each time they just dance around the issue and make excuses to basically say "no patches". I've finally got the message that Sony pretty much EOL's a new phone 6 months to a year after it's released and will not create any security patches, so my beautiful Z3 (bought in Dec. 2015) will be my last Sony phone. In the next few months I will shopping for a new phone and the main requirement will be to select a vendor that has a very good track record for security patching.
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