Sony's goal is to be the first non-Google OEM to update their devices to Android 7.1.1

Sony's goal is to be the first non-Google OEM to update their devices to Android 7.1.1
When deciding which smartphone to purchase, there are a number of different factors that come into play - the camera, screen resolution, internal storage capacity, battery size, and more. When looking at Android-powered phones specifically, there's another area to be concerned about, and it has to do with software updates. Not all OEMs are made equal, and while some provide consistently fast and reliable software updates, the same can't be said for other brands. Sony has recently been doing a commendable job at getting their hardware updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, and in a recent post published to their Xperia Blog, it looks like Sony isn't calling it quits just yet.

Android 7.1.1 was released to both Pixel and Nexus hardware a few days ago on December 5th, and Google also released this latest Android update to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) on the same day so that other manufacturers and OEMs could update their hardware to the next version of Android as well. Samsung has recently announced that they'll be skipping the Android 7.0 and 7.1 updates and going straight to 7.1.1, and while this rollout for the S7 and S7 edge is expected to take place at some point early next year, the development team over at Sony has said that "if you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this (Android 7.1.1) faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes!"

There's currently no word as to when Sony will actually be releasing the 7.1.1 update to their hardware, but their development team has said that it's currently their concept team's "number 1 priority." As for what devices will be receiving 7.1.1, it's pretty safe to assume that both the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ will be getting the latest software as they were just recently updated to 7.0. It's also been confirmed that the Z5 line of devices, the Z3+, and the Z4 Tablet will be getting Nougat at some point in the future, so it wouldn't be a surprise if we saw 7.1.1 Nougat make its way to these devices as well.



20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Hasn't LG and Motorola already beaten them?

11. johnh3

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

For some opinions about for example the Sony Xperia XZ, check some actual customers reviews on BestBuy or some other dealers. Then you get a hint how buyers like it or not. Sony doing a good job with the implementation of Android on their devices, very stabile. The skin are not modified a lot. One reason they can be fast with updates.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Sony focusing more on fast Software updates than anything else... Being the first non-Google OEM to update yo Android 7.1.1 is nice, but unless Sony doesn't rush and release it half-backed... I'll be fine with an OEM taking longer to release a more stable, polished, and bug-free Android update, rather than rushing to be the first with a crappy update!

3. Alexx

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Pro tip so you don't misinform your readers: the Xperia Blog is the UNOFFICIAL Sony Xperia blog, unaffiliated with Sony. You can verify this by reading their 'About section' where they clearly state so ;)

2. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It's such a shame that the so-called "good quality" company is in an alarmed situation uses such a cheap tactic to lure customers into its trap. You can notice all its lame ads which always talk big, but never delivers in reality, it just EMPTY WORDS! Now tell me if I'm wrong about the spec on the latest Xperia line like the XZ: -Poor outdated LCD display, washout colors, not latest Gorilla Glass version -Mediocre camera performance, no OIS, poor video recorder -Brick, ugly, boring design, giant bezel -Uninspiring, dead UI with almost no useful features -Very weak battery life When these features which are quite the most important ones aren't meet expectation, Sony uses its latest cheap and dirty trick by pulling the "software update" card. LOL Nothing is going to change, poor Sony. Just give up already.

4. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

OMG what planet are you on? I have the Xperia XZ with Android 7 and it's awesome. I've had many so called flagship phones, and this is easily as good as any of them and better in some cases. The design is stunning, the screen is stunning with fantastic brightness and excellent viewing angles. It's 4pm in the UK and my phone still has 78% battery life...and I'm a moderate user. I can't comment on the camera yet as I haven't really tried it out. I have read reviews that it is disappointing, by no means bad, but not as good as the hardware would suggest. I'm not too bothered about this, because it could just be a software thing which may be fixed in the future. The front facing speakers could be louder, but they are good enough for my use. Oh and this is £25 per month cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus, £10 cheaper than the HTC 10 and £15 cheaper than the GS7 Edge.

15. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Dont bother, is just sad to read everthing he posts, he has samsung so far up hes a... that nothing else matters. Or, he is a pathetic troll, either way, its sad.

6. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Xplosivesung butthurt fan?

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No, more like one of those anything-japanese hater.

12. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

And who are you to protect them every time? Are you willing to take full responsibility for their brutal massacre? If it's the case, then we can talk.

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm not protecting them, I just hate immature brats who can't move on from the past. I would say the same if I found an anything-korean hater that is japanese.

16. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Let me show a conversation in 2013 on Abe Shinzo’s Facebook Page between another whiny little b***h (Korean) and French Facebook user (David) + Chinese user. whiny little b***h (Korean) : “May all those who died in the earthquake rest in peace. Still, people like you, opportunists and those with vested rights, who, like the Abe administration are acting conservative, you people just don’t get it. Please gradually move toward the right. The more right-wing you become, the more rope you’ll give yourself to hang yourselves with. Please think about it. Insofar as you won’t apologise to neighbouring nations for your past actions, I think that you will never be able to ‘leave Asia’ like you’re always shouting about. Look and learn from Germany, a country that has apologised for its past actions. Although it was also a nation that lost the war, it’s completely different. I look forward to some responsible actions from Japan”.

17. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

French Facebook user (David) : “This is why you Koreans are currently hated throughout the world, a pitiful people who just have no recognition of this fact at all. The compensation and economic aid that Japan has given to China and Korea doesn’t even compare with Germany, and your country accepted it! Your stupid nation did not tell its stupid citizens this, and you’ve been inculcated with a greed that has allowed you to continue demanding apologies and compensation through ideological education. All this after you were given so much economic aid that it made things develop dramatically so that you live as you do today, not to mention apologies, for something that happened sixty years ago. You’re all crazy, kicking up a fuss like this as if to question whether or not apologies really happened for the war”. “And if I might say something further, the actions carried out by Germany and Italy during WW2 will absolutely not be forgiven, and in France, in each of the European countries, we have an awareness oft his. However, Italy and Germany carried out reparations as a nation. In the same way, Japan has carried out reparations to your country. And so, what is the difference? The difference is that we looked forward, and joined together as Europeans for peace, and with the aim of development, whereas you Koreans and Chinese persistently continuing to complain and have nothing in your heads but shaking money out of Japan, because you never look at how messed up a country your country is, looking to the past.” “If you look at it from the perspective of a country other than Korea or China, you can’t help but feel sorry for Japan. Furthermore, if you consider Prime Minister Abe’s recent actions from the standpoint of other nations, they are quite reasonable, and not something that should be particularly praised. I don’t really rate what Abe did. I don’t think there it is necessary to thank Taiwan. That’s because the psychology of ‘thanking someone to thank them’ is the very least that countries ought to have between them. Plus, if you look at the impoliteness of your Korea, and of China in this incident, who bring up political issues and express no feelings of sympathy for the victims of the earthquake, from a global perspective, then it is so abnormal that it’s basically impossible. As for you, living in Japan yet feeling these things, unable to learn from them, I really don’t think there’s any reason for you to be in Japan at all”.

18. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

And then Chinese Facebook User trying to help the korean : “how about think on this way..a murder use a cruel ways to kill you family ,and after it he just give you money without nothing for his apologize ..and will you say “ok thank you! I forgive you ,cuz of your money!?” Naturally David replied : “Aside from giving compensation, Japan has apologised to you numerous times. You should be aware of your own ignorance, since you don’t know about this. You Chinese are idiots because you still treat Japan and Japanese people as murderers, and call them such. After WW2, China militarily invaded a nation called Tibet, murdered a lot of people, and still continues to dominate them without giving them basic human rights. And you still stupidly insist that it’s a domestic problem. What’s more, you’re envious every time the nation of Taiwan is active on an international stage, and hinder them at every opportunity. If you look at it from our perspective, it’s your country that is bad. Look at the current situation. Your country, in its current progressive form is a country of slaughter, you’re aggressors.”

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

What i really trying to say is you need to stop being a whinny little B and move on!.

7. Feanor

Posts: 1450; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

This is because Sony never gets any publicity about the things that gets right. Not long ago there was a survey that showed that Sony is the most reliable Android manufacturer in software with the fewest crashes. Also if you care about listening to your music in noisy environments the still exclusive to Sony Digital Noise Cancellation is a big deal.

8. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

So true, it's sad to see that no one cares when Sony gets it right. And to make it worse, a lot of people here take PA's reviews serious. Sad to see that bigger, powerful OEMs use their power to badmouth other, smaller OEMs.

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

"it's pretty safe to assume that both the Xperia Z Performance and Xperia XZ" fix that

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

One thing that will never change with Android; the operating system is always obsolete. By the time you officially get this build on your phone(s), your phone and/or the operating system is obsolete.

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