Sony company has started rolling out the Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) update for its Sony Xperia XZ and Sony Xperia X Performance device, as per user reports. The move makes Sony amongst the first Android OEMs to bring the version to the device after its rollout began for Nexus and Pixel devices in December last year.
Users report that the Android 7.1 (Nougat) brings several features such as app shortcuts, new emojis, as well as the April Android security patch. Full details have not been disclosed at this point. Sony Xperia Blog, which also provides firmware download links, reports that the app shortcuts feature will not work with the Sony Xperia Home launcher, and if users want to utilize the feature they will need to switch to a compatible launcher, such as Nova.
The Sony Xperia Blog reports notes that the Android 7.1 (Nougat) update is also available for the India version of the Sony Xperia XZ, which is a dual-SIM variant that was launched in Sept. last year. The update build number for both the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance is 41.2.A.2.199. These were also the first Sony headsets to get the Android 7.0 (Nougat) update in Nov. last year.
The Sony Xperia XZ smartphone was unveiled at IFA 2016 and is an IP68-certified device with dust and water resistance. Its biggest highlight is the presence of three rear camera sensors, meant to provide better low-light performance, capturing of moving objects, and color reproduction. It bears a 5.2-inch full-HD display and 1080×1920 pixels with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by a Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Snapdragon 820 SoC that’s coupled with 3GB of RAM. It features USB Type-C connectivity and runs on a 2900mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Sony Xperia X Performance phone was never launched in India. Unveiled at MWC last year, it is powered by the Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Snapdragon 820 SoC with 3GB of RAM, it bears a 5-inch full-HD display and 1080 x 1920 pixels, 23 MP rear camera, and a 2700mAh battery.