Sony Xperia X is set to be the first non-Google phone to be updated to the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat, just like the Japanese tech company had wanted it to be.
Earlier last month, Sony expressed its desire to be the first to unveil the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS to its compatible Xperia X series and with the latest move, this dream seems possible. A few of the non-Google Android OEMs that have managed to roll out Android Nougat updates to their devices have only managed to bring version 7.0. Other than Google and its own devices, no other company has managed to update their phones to the latest v7.1.1.
Sony’s update of Xperia X to Android 7.1.1 Nougat marks it the first handset to receive this OS other than the likes of Google Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL handsets – all of which are owned by Google. However, don’t be in a hurry to celebrate as the version that Sony is pushing out is meant for those who are willing to run an experimental version via the Concept for Android program.
Sony Xperia X Concept was opened sometimes last year and it is meant for testing new beta software meant to be used on the phone and other eligible Sony Xperia phones. In short, the version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat rolling out to Xperia X users is still in beta and as a result, expect it to come with bugs and errors, all of which should be reported back to Sony for improvement of the software before rolling out a stable version.
In addition to coming in with the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat as well as December’s Android Security Patch, the update also means that Sony Xperia X users will now be able to enjoy support for PlayStation 4 Remote Play, but there is still no added support for DualShock. The update also adds a restart option in the power menu, something that has been elusive for many.