New Xperia L3 update brings August security patch, still no sign of Android Pie
The L series of Sony Xperia has its roots in the original Xperia L, which was released back in 2013. The Snapdragon 400 powered 4.3 inch phone got updated to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean from stock 4.1, but the developer community kept it alive for a surprisingly long amount of time.
Four years later, Sony decided to revive the L lineup. 2017’s Xperia L1 was a budget build with MediaTek MT6737T SoC inside. The immediate successor, Xperia L2 from 2018, was based on the same platform. Both phones run Android Nougat out of the box without any major version update so far.
Earlier this year, Xperia L3 was announced alongside Xperia 1 and 10/10 Plus. The phone should be marked as a true heir of the family, as the Japanese OEM finally installed a better SoC (MediaTek Helio P22). Moreover, Xperia L3 comes with Android Oreo from factory.
Sony rolled out software version 54.0.A.5.85 for this phone in May, which brought May security patches. Incidentally Xperia L2 received the same patch via 49.0.A.6.80 build around the same time.
Now that the latter started to get August security patch with software version 49.0.A.6.90 since last few days, Xperia L3 should be next eligible candidate in the roster for the same treatment. Well, it is now happening in some regions.
As you can see, a new software version 54.0.A.6.23 is hitting Xperia L3 units in the form of a 83.5 MB incremental OTA. The security patch level is bumped from May to August, but no other significant change is detected so far.
By taking a look inside Sony update servers, we can confirm that various European countries and carriers should rollout this OTA immediately. Orange from France is in the list as well, but their site is still tagging an old build (54.0.A.5.91) as the most recent software for the phone.
At this moment, we don’t have any idea about the availability of Android Pie update for Xperia L3. Judging from the history of L lineup, you should be happy with Android Oreo and regularly irregular monthly security patches before abandoning the phone.
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