Sony Announces Which Devices They’re Updating to Android Oreo
When Google releases a new version of Android, people start asking which devices will be updated to it. Since each individual OEM handles their software updates differently, it can be confusing to know which device will get the new update. Some OEMs are easy to predict though, since they generally stick to flagships released in the last two years, but Sony is different. Today, the company has revealed which of their smartphones they plan on updating to Android Oreo.
Similarly to how Xiaomi announced their OTA update roadmap for the new MIUI 9 release, Sony has given us an entire list of devices that we can expect to use Android Oreo. So far, the list includes the Sony Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia Touch and Xperia XA1 Plus. The company notes that software updates for these devices are phased and that timing along with availability will vary depending on the market and/or the carrier.
This is how things generally work with Android updates for a number of reasons. Sometimes it takes carriers longer to push out an update to a smartphone. So while the unlocked version of a device in one market could get the update first, it could take time if you purchased yours from a local wireless carrier. Sony could even decide that they sold so few devices in a certain country that it just isn’t financially viable to work on localizing the Android Oreo update for said country.
Hopefully there won’t be too many instances like that, but it’s definitely possible as we have seen it before from other OEMs. The company has just announced two new smartphones as well, the Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia XZ1 Compact, which Sony says will both launch with Android Oreo out of the box.
Source: Sony Mobile