Tough luck Xperia Z3 owners.
Sony has published the list of devices that will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, and right off the bat there's a glaring omission. There's no mention of phones in the Xperia C, Xperia M, or Xperia E lineups, which means that it is unlikely these devices will ever see the Nougat update. The Xperia Z3, which made its debut in September 2014, will also not be updated to the latest version of Android.
These are the devices that are slated to pick up the Nougat update:
- Xperia Z3+
- Xperia Z4 Tablet
- Xperia Z5
- Xperia Z5 Compact
- Xperia Z5 Premium
- Xperia X
- Xperia XA
- Xperia X Performance
- Xperia XA Ultra
Sony's problem is one of its own making. With the vendor continuing to roll out a new high-end device every six months, we've seen three new flagships since the Xperia Z3 debuted nearly two years ago, and Sony is slated to launch a new phone next month at IFA. Xperia Z3 will undoubtedly feel left out, considering the phone was selected as the handset of choice for testing Nougat preview builds.
Furthermore, there's no mention of when we'll see updates roll out to the devices mentioned in the list, with Sony stating that it will be a "phased process," and that the timing will vary by "market and/or operator."
Elsewhere, HTC has mentioned that the HTC 10, HTC One A9, and the One M9 will receive the Nougat update, while Samsung is assuring updates for the Galaxy Note 7, S7, S7 edge, and last year's Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 edge, and S6 edge+ among other models.