Sony announces Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade roadmap

Now that Android 8.0 Oreo has been announced, everyone is wondering when they will get the update. Sony has announced the Xperia devices that will get an Oreo upgrade in the future.

The 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 Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact will both launch with Oreo on board.

Unfortunately, there are no timelines given for these Android 8.0 updates. We have no idea when devices will start receiving the OTA, but if it’s anything like HTC‘s plans, we hope that at least a few devices will get the Oreo update this year.

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

Deal: Sony Xperia X Performance available for $299.99 at B&H ($200 off)

B&H has a great deal on the Sony Xperia X Performance, but you’ll have to move fast to get it. The retailer is selling the smartphone for $299.99, which is $200 off its list price. It is unlocked and can be yours in Graphite Black, Lime Gold, Rose Gold, and White. The deal will expire in just over 15 hours.

The Sony Xperia X Performance was announced at MWC in Barcelona last year and retailed for $700 when launched. It sports a 5-inch Full HD display and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM and offers 32 GB of storage, expandable up to 256 GB with a microSD card.

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There’s a 23 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture on the back, while the front-facing selfie snapper has a 13 MP sensor. The Xperia X Performance features a 2,700 mAh battery, NFC, and a fingerprint scanner located on its right side (which unfortunately doesn’t work in the U.S.). It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow (upgradable to Android Nougat) with Sony’s skin on top and is waterproof (IP68 rating).

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