Sony announces details of Android 7.0 Nougat update program for Xperia devices

This week, Sony joined the growing number of manufacturers to begin upgrading its devices to Android 7.0 Nougat, starting with the Xperia X Performance. Today, it officially announced details of that update, and confirmed its immediate availability for its Xperia XZ flagship too.

Among the features in the update, owners of eligible devices can expect:

  • Multi-window support – multitasking made easy; run two apps simultaneously and double tap to switch between each
  • Longer battery life – do more for longer, with improved battery life powered by Google & Sony Xperia
  • Messaging – more ways to tell your story with our latest Messaging app, enabling you to share videos and audio with a few taps
  • Manual camera settings control – all-new manual focus and shutter speed controls, now available for Xperia X Performance
  • Home screen – a smarter and more personal Xperia home screen, with Google Now integration

You can get a further overview of what to expect from Sony's Android 7.0 update in the video below:

Aside from the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ, the full list of Sony devices eligible for the Nougat upgrade is as follows:

  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia X
  • Xperia XA
  • Xperia XA Ultra
  • Xperia X Compact

As you may have spotted, there's one notable addition there compared with the list that Sony published in August: the Xperia X Compact, which was revealed a week later. Unfortunately, the Xperia Z3 won't be getting the Nougat upgrade, despite that being the only device for which Sony supported the Android N Developer Preview earlier this year.

Significantly, Sony states that timing and availability of the update for the Xperia X Performance "will vary by region and/or operator", adding that "most models [are] supported but some operator/market exceptions will apply."

As for the other devices on the list, while Sony has begun its upgrade program today, it will no doubt take a while before the update reaches every eligible device.

Source: Sony

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