Sony, the once-dominant Android OEM, has now lost quite its charm. However, the company scores high when providing stable Android Updates, stable not quick. The Japanese giant almost abanded any interest from the US market, however with the launch of its recent 2018 flagships announced at MWC 2018 which now also comes with a working fingerprint sensor we can say that Sony is back with a bang. The company also has a decent track record when it comes to providing major Android updates for its smartphones.
Sony mainly contributes to it’s Xperia Android community via the Open Source AOSP Project on GitHub. This allows active participation of developers owning Xperia devices to contribute to the development of the next major Android upgrade. You can have a look at the latest AOSP software updates by visiting here. Now talking about the Android P 9.0 update for the Xperia devices, with the AOSP project in the running, updates should be rolling out faster than other OEMs. Speaking about Android P 9.0 let’s have a look at what all the fuss is about this new taste of Android, which still doesn’t have an official name yet.
Sony with its AOSP project will churn out updates faster for its latest devices as the newest member of the Xperia family, that’s the Xperia XZ2 had Android Oreo 8.1 binaries compiled successfully and within coming months probably by the end of Q3 2018.
Sony will update some of its major devices released in 2017 and 2018 to Android P 9.0 by Q4 2018. While the Xperia XZS and the Xperia XZ Premium might get a long wait and will probably witness the update by Q1 2019.
New Features of Android P 9.0 Developer Preview 1
1) Dark Mode for AMOLED screens, for better battery savings
2) New updates to the Messaging and Notifications(reply from the Notification tray itself)
3) Notch Support or Cut-out support is now available, as well as new Volume Slider
4) Performance enhancements for Android apps written in Kotlin and improved ART performance
5) Enhanced Auto-fill into text fields with machine learning as well as by default Auto-fill will be supported in all browsers
6) Strict permissions for apps as well as apps that are idle
7) Support for Multiple Camera API (No matter how many cameras you have Android P’s multi-camera API gives you access to it.)
8) Screen Shot option now comes baked in the Power-Off menu and New icons for the Settings menu
9) New HEIF Image compression and improved Video Codecs for HDR VP9 video profile 2
10) Neural Network API implementation is also added, to take advantage of chipset’s AI engine.
List of Sony Xperia devices eligible for Android P 9.0 Update
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
- Sony Xperia XA2
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
- Sony Xperia XZ1
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
- Sony Xperia XZS
List of Sony Xperia devices not getting the Android P 9.0 Update
- All Sony devices released in 2016 won’t get Android P 9.0
- Sony Xperia X
- Sony Xperia XZ
- Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
- Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Dual
- Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
- Sony Xperia X Performance
- Sony Xperia XA1
- Xperia X Performance
- Xperia X Compact
- Xperia L2
- Sony Xperia R1 (Controversial)
- Sony Xperia R1 Plus (Controversial)
- Sony Xperia Z4( Xperia Z4 Tablet SGP712)
- Sony Xperia Z5
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
- Sony Xperia Z3
- Sony Xperia M5
- Sony Xperia Z4v
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
- Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
- Sony Xperia E4
- Sony Xperia C5
Sony like any other OEM only updates its latest flagships as well as those flagship and upper midrange phones which are one year old. Anything launched before that is not eligible for this latest version of Android 9.0.
So, even if these Xperia R1 and R1 Plus were launched in 2017 with Android Oreo, they are still considered a low-end device and can’t get the similar treatment like the flagship phones.