Sony Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1/XZ1 Compact now getting Android Pie update
Android 9 Pie has been officially available for the Pixel devices since August, so we’re expecting to see the update trickle to other Android devices in the following weeks and months. Sony is pretty good at keeping their devices updated. The company uses close-to-stock Android in their phones and they fully embraces open source. Sony simply adds some cosmetic customizations such as theme support (though that may be going away) as well as some of their apps. It’s no surprise then that they roll out updates fairly quickly, as they don’t have to do a lot of changes. Android Pie already rolled out for the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact, and as promised, is now rolling out for the Xperia XZ Premium, the Xperia XZ1, and the Xperia XZ1 Compact.
The update comes with the build number 47.2.A.0.306 and includes the October security patches. The update could have been delayed due to bug fixing, which could explain the outdated security patch level. As is the norm, the update comes with all of Android Pie’s new features, but users of the device may be excited to know that the update also brings features such as a renewed camera interface, Full HD 960p slow-motion video recording, HDR video image enhancement, and other new features. Unfortunately, the update does not bring Google’s new Android Pie navigation gestures, so if you’re a fan of what you saw on the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, you’ll be disappointed with that.
The update is now rolling out over the air to the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1, and Xperia XZ1 Compact owners in select regions as a staged rollout. If your device has not received it yet, it’ll be a matter of waiting. Keep an eye for the update, though, as it could hit your device at any moment.