Sony Android Nougat update list leaves out the Xperia Z3

Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the wait is on for manufacturers to bring the update to their latest smartphones, and even some not so latest smartphones. OEMs usually start scrambling to shout their support from the rooftops, and it seems like Sony is one of if not the first to do so after the announcement (HTC made their public commitment last month. Surprisingly, it's a rather long list of devices, but sadly leaves out the Xperia Z3 from 2014

First, here's the full list of the smartphones that Sony is promising to get Android 7.0:

• Xperia Z3+

• Xperia Z4 Tablet

• Xperia Z5

• Xperia Z5 Compact

• Xperia Z5 Premium

• Xperia X

• Xperia XA

• Xperia XA Ultra

• Xperia X Performance

The oldest in this list is the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia Z3+, a.k.a. the ill-fated Xperia Z4, that were both launched in early 2015. What is quite curious is that the Xperia Z3, which was launched late 2014.

Granted, Sony never really guaranteed any sort of update span for its devices, though the unspoken (or unwritten) expectation is at least two years worth of updates. If so, the Xperia Z3 still definitely falls within that period.

Given how not a few people are asking about the Xperia Z3's absence, Sony is likely to chime in soon. Either with something along the lines of "investigating the possibility" or an outright confirmation of what Xperia Z3 owners are fearing the most.

If it's indeed the latter, good thing that Sony is a bit more open to the Android modding community, so there won't be a lack of Nougat-based custom ROMs in the smartphone's future.