One of the reasons Google Nexus and Pixel phones are so popular in the U.S. is because of the market’s liking for timely software updates.
Even though not Google-like, Sony’s efforts in the recent past haven’t gone unnoticed among tech enthusiasts, especially when it comes to the software side of things. For instance, the Japanese OEM was the first non-Google company to release a phone powered by Android Oreo out of the box. As at the time of this writing, quite a good number of Sony Xperia phones are already running Oreo courtesy of OTA updates.
In the same spirit, Sony is only one of the few Android OEMs that are consistently rolling out monthly security updates to devices that are two years old and newer. And this is exactly what the Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Plus are getting. The two are not the oldest Sony phones that are still getting updates, but they are midrangers that wouldn’t be considered for regular updates if talking about other OEMs.
Sony Xperia XA1 users are receiving an OTA update that installs software version 40.0.A.6.189 while those on the Xperia XA1 Plus are getting a software update to firmware version 48.0.A01.131. Both devices will be updated to the January 2018 Android security patch and even though it doesn’t bring new features, Google recently confirmed that the patch carries fixes for the trending Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.
Note that these two updates are rolling out over the air. Usually, such updates may take time, probably days, before everyone receives a prompt to download and install them. You can jump ahead of the rest by trying a manual update via the Settings menu, but before you do this, make sure you have connected to the internet using Wi-Fi and that your phone’s battery power is at least 50%, otherwise, connect it to a power source.
Released less than a year ago, both Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Plus are also expected to be updated to Android Oreo in the coming months.