Sony infographic explains why Xperia owners can't use Android Pie right now

Sony infographic explains why Xperia owners can't use Android Pie right now
The other day, Sony revealed which of its handsets will be receiving Android 9.0 Pie, and when the update will be disseminated. Some time in November, the Sony Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact should be rocking the latest build of Android. To explain why these models can't be updated right now, Sony created an infographic that goes through the entire process.

Phase one includes the delivery from Google of source files and more, inside a Platform Development Kit (PDK). The PDK allows the manufacture to "develop, optimize and test" the new build. Sony then adds the new software onto its system and uses the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) to allow the new software to work with all the different chips that Sony employs. As the company says, "We don't use exactly the same components as Qualcomm uses, so this is work we need to do ourselves."

Sony then makes sure that the new software will work with basic smartphone functions such as making calls, sending and receiving texts, and browsing the internet. That is followed up by making sure that the new OS build works with Sony's own UI, customized graphics, and features. At this point, the software is disseminated within Sony for testing inside and outside the company. Feedback from outside testers allows Sony to make changes if necessary.

Phase two covers the certification and approval process. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi certification is obtained from the appropriate alliances and groups. Even after the update is released, Sony continues to monitor feedback from users on support forums and social media. And this is why owners of the aforementioned half-dozen Xperia handsets will have to wait another three months to run Android 9.0 Pie on their Sony branded phones.

You can view the infographic, which we've cut into easier to chew pieces, by clicking on the slideshow below.

source: Sony



9. Champoikoi

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

I don't understand why companies still need to do such things like this so many years into Android's existence. It's always a case of, waiting for Google, who usually sends their final source codes off to their partners a few weeks before they officially release it, and then testing and integration with their own hardware and then release. It's always been like this but these companies still have to explain themselves. I partly blame these so-called tech journalist who bemoan when a flagship that's been in works for about 12 months is released around this time without the newest version of Android. It takes time, people! We're arguably at a point where new Android updates don't even matter too much anymore. Google just apes features from other companies for the most part (Samsung, LG), so it's just security updates that matter more than anything.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This is one reason why I avoid some OEM. Even a pretty graphic to show why they're slow lol. Just like another OEM, cause the experience is better this way.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So nice to know making a s**tty skin just to differentiate your self from other OEMs is more important than not having a heavy skin like ONEPLUS and be able to have super fast updates and super fast light phone.

5. romeo1

Posts: 826; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I like that they explain what they are doing to update the android version. Allot of users don't understand and want everything as fast as possible. So it's a good thing they do this.

4. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Isn't it the same infographic like with Oreo? It just shows all the steps they have to take with firmware, not the reason for it to be than not now...

3. pecapello

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

The waterfall is the best part of it lol so funny

2. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

Sony has probably been the most transparent about updates than any other android OEM.

8. cheetah2k

Posts: 2336; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

OnePlus also very good. LG, Huawei and Samsung among the worst

1. TypicalGeek

Posts: 220; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

And they are one of the mfgs to release their update early.

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