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Sony Android O 8.0 Software Update: List Of Xperia Devices To Get Early OS Unveiled

by Ralph Chen / Aug 17, 2017 09:40 AM EDT
Android 7.0 Nougat

Japanese source leaked a list of Sony Xperia smartphones which may be included in the first batch of Android O software upgrade.

Sony Mobile seems to have started the software update roadmap of Android O 8.0 for several Xperia based from a Japanese source. The leaked includes Sony Xperia XZ Premium G8141 and G8142, Xperia XZS G8231 and G8232, Xperia XA1 G3121, G3123, G3125, G3116 and G3123, Xperia L1 G3311, G3312 and G3313, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ F8331 and F8332, Xperia X Performance, Xperia X F5121 and F5122, and Xperia XA1 Ultra G3221, G3212, G3223 and G3226, according to Gazykichi.

These are also the same Xperia devices included in the first batch of Sony's Android Nougat software upgrade, giving a sense of the update cycle for the next generation Android. Moreover, devices revealed from the leak followed the standard software support by Sony Mobile on models released within two years, which usually receive at least one major OS upgrade before reaching the end of life cycle. However, the source did not specify if the update is planned to be released later this year or in the first quarter of 2018. Upcoming Sony Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia X1 are likely to debut with Android O version.

Android O 8.0 will deliver Project Treble to make software updates more convenient, improvement on the Doze Mode to keep apps on draining power while on standby, additions of gestures for the fingerprint scanner, autofill function on several apps, expanded customization on the Material Design UI, several changes on the notifications, new adaptive icons, Hi-Fi Bluetooth codecs to improve audio for Bluetooth headsets, removal of the Unknown Sources option in the Settings menu and improvements to battery life.

Sony Mobile is now rolling out the Android Nougat update for selected devices such as Xperia Z5, Xperia Z3 Plus, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra, Xperia X, and Xperia X Compact. The company may continue to release Android Nougat for more devices or may proceed to skip in favor of Android O once it is available.

Official Android 7.1 Nougat from Sony Mobile brings the latest security enhancements from Google, general performance and stability improvements, multi-window support for easier multitasking between two running apps, longer battery life, audio and video support for the Messaging app, improved home screen with Google Now functionality, better Bluetooth functionality, improved volume during calls and improved audio playback from websites, according to Sony's website.

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