Android 9 Pie to hit Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ Premium and XZ2 soon
Google released the Android Pie officially on August 6th and the rollout has begin for Pixel, Pixel 2 and Essential devices. Now Sony announced the official Pie timeline for its flagships, six premium Sony flagship devices are set to receive the Android Pie update by November 2018. The timeline is awesome, indeed and it makes Sony, the First OEM to announce official timeline for Android Pie rollout. Previous rumours through Gizchina claim that the rollout may begin in September and finish in November.
Already, some Xperia XZ2 users received upto Android P Beta 3, last month in the part of Android P Beta program. The last Beta is yet to hit Xperia XZ2 devices. Previously, Google confirmed that the partner devices in Beta program will receive the Android Pie Public Release by the end of this fall. So in September, the Japanese tech giant may start the rollout of Android 9 Pie with Xperia XZ2 flagship. Later, Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ2 compact and XZ Premium may get the Pie update.
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What’s new with Android Pie ?
Pie is the first AI powered Android OS to improve user experience and also reduce smartphone addiction. In Android Pie, Google introduced Material Design 2, in which the icons of Quick Settings got revamped. Gesture Interface is another big change in navigation for Xperia users. However, there is an option in the Settings, So users can set either the old nav bar with App Previews button or the new Gesture nav bar.
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When the user plug-in headphone, Pie will ask to select the source to play music instantly. Adpative battery is another feature using on-device machine processing to improve battery life. Overall it seems that Android 9 is going to provide a sweet pie like experience to Xperia flagship users.
Slices is one of the remarkable features of Android Pie which improves user experience a lot. When a user search for Lyft in Google, an interactive slice showing time and fares of a ride and will show up, so that user can book a ride instantly. The functions of app slices are vast and developers are yet to exploit them fully. However, the official version of Android Pie doesn’t contain the app slices feature and Google announced that they will arrive to Pixel and Pixel 2 devices by the end of this fall through another update.
Horizontal App switcher is another big change coming with Android Pie update. In Android 8.0 Oreo, Sony used the stock vertical app switcher in its phones, but the upcoming update is going to revamp the app switcher totally. In Google Pixel phones, the horizontal app switcher looks awesome and improves user experience a lot. So Xperia XZ2 and XZ1 series users may get the same horizontal app switcher with big app previews with the Android 9 update.
However, in Android P Beta on Xperia XZ2, the app previews appear smaller than that on Google Pixel. But many changes and refinements may take in the upcoming final release of Pie for Xperia flagships.
Update on 23/10/2018 :
Finally, the rollout of Pie for Sony flagships has begun, the Japanese tech giant begins the rollout of Android 9 Pie update with October’s Security patch to Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact devices, a few days ago. Now Sony has finalized the rollout schedule for remaining phones in the upgrade list. According to the revised schedule, the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium flagship will start receiving the Pie update from October 26th. The rollout may begin in Europe on the same day along with Sony’s home country. However, it may take a few days to disseminate to the international unlocked editions and the devices in US and Canada. We will post here if there are any developments in the rollout of Pie.