Sony Xperia XZ also getting Android 7 Nougat right now!

Back in September, Sony's plan for the Android 7 Nougat update across its handsets was leaked and showed us that the first devices that will get the new build are the top-shelf Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. They were supposed to start receiving the official Android N update "around October" but, in fact, the Xperia X Performance only started getting its patch a couple of days ago – at the end of November.

Today, we are getting word that the Xperia XZ is quick to follow, though. Users on the Sony support forums have posted that they are getting the new software today and we've even got a screenshot of the changelog. Unfortunately, our office unit is yet to get it — it's only natural that the global rollout will be gradual. If you have an Xperia XZ and don't have the update yet, we can't guarantee when you should expect it, but we'd say it should be about a week.

Android Nougat brings native split screen, Quick Shortcuts, improved Doze (though Sony's Stamina used to be really good before, too...), actionable notifications, and other tune-ups under the hood. Of course, we are curious to see if Sony gave its interface a facelift as well.

According to the previously mentioned roadmap, The X and X Compact should've also gotten Nougat in November, the Z3+, Z4, and Z5 series should expect it in December, and the XA phones should get it in early 2017. Seeing as the X Performance and XZ were a bit late, we'd add a month to each of these deadlines. Still, that's a pretty quick update to Nougat, well ahead of the competition. Slow clap for Sony!

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Xperia XZ
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2900 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)



1. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The usual timeframe of Sony regarding the updates of their flagships to newer Android versions was around end of February to early March. There's a massive improvement this time around. And clearly Sony has this time beaten Samsung. Usually Sony flagships were a couple of months late with their updates, now they are actually a bit ahead (if the S7 gets the update by the end of the year).

2. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Waiting for haters and trolls

3. Feanor

Posts: 1410; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Well... a relatively fast update doesn't remedy all of Sony's shortcomings (for me for this particular model the underperforming camera and the plasticky and somehow conservative design) but the article is about the update, so this we have to give it to Sony's software team. Massive improvement.

8. iSpammer

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 20, 2014


9. Georgio

Posts: 274; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I like the xz camera better than on my note 7. I've sent my note 7 back and got the xz . It's also faster than my note( in games and day to day use ) its fast like an iPhone. I'm impressed.

4. BillyBoy

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 01, 2013


5. swaraj.janakarajan

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

well, this time around, surprisingly, Sony's software team got the update out really fast/ Massive improvement/ I've already got my Xperia XZ updated to Android N/ n it's awesome//

6. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Sony is getting so very barebone these days, so it's expected. The obstacle will arise when they update the Z5, which still contains additional framework like Small App. But overall, nice gesture from Sony.


Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

To me, the Xperia XZ is the best smartphone currently

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