Sony surprised many Android users when it started testing Android Nougat on the Xperia Z3. Even though the phone successfully went through the first four developer previews of the OS, it did not make it to the fifth and final version as well as the stable release.
Now, ever since the stable version came to life, the Japanese tech giant has been promising its users that Android Nougat beta will soon start rolling out to the Xperia X Performance community. Back then, there was no specific date as to when this program will start, but it appears that Sony is ready to roll it out in less than 48 hours.
Apparently, users of Sony Xperia X Performance who had enrolled in the Xperia Beta Program are now being sent emails by the company, confirming that the latest Android Nougat beta should be coming their way soon via an OTA update. Given that Sony is one of the few Android smartphone OEMs out there with the lightest skins, we expect to see most Nougat features being showcased in the upcoming pre-release.
If anything, Sony simply wants to root out any bugs and problems in the software before rolling out the stable version. With this move, it is possible that the Xperia X Performance could start receiving the latest Android Nougat before the end of this year. Earlier reports had claimed that the X Performance would start receiving the update alongside Xperia XZ this past month of October. But as it seems, Sony is way behind schedule.
Nonetheless, it is confirmed that the Xperia X Performance will lead the way in terms of receiving Android Nougat, but there is still no mention of when the XZ will join the program. Other Sony phones that should also be updated to the latest OS include Xperia X, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XA, Xperia Z5 as well as Xperia Z3+, among others yet to be confirmed. But given the current status of the update, these other devices could start seeing the new Android Nougat in early 2017.