Sony has started seeding an update to Android 9.0 Pie for three of its smartphones – Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XZ Premium. The update comes in line with Sony’s release schedule that revealed the rollout of Google’s latest mobile OS to the recent most batch of Xperia smartphones.
A month after permanently cutting the prices of its Xperia smartphones, Sony has started rolling out the Android 9.0 Pie update alongside October 2018 Android security to the Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact and Xperia XZ Premium. The update shifts the build number of the firmware to version 47.2.A.0.306 and brings new features as well as Google’s own set of additions.
With the latest Android 9.0 Pie version, users will get new wellness features like Dashboard, which analyses the amount of time one speed on an application. The Pie update also brings new DND mode that turns the display in greyscale, while the Wind Down mode switches on Night Light when you are going to bed. Apart from this, there are new gesture controls, a new pill-shaped icon for navigations, refined notifications and Quick Settings, vertical volume controls and new power menu among others.
The latest update will also bring a new camera UI from Sony’s side with support for Full HD 960fps slow-motion video recording and HDR video image enhancement with the help of X-Reality with HDR converter. There’s also a new Selfie camera display flash with Adaptive Battery power optimisation, Adaptive brightness and predictable apps. However, there’s no Android Pie-like navigation gestures as Sony will still be dependent on on-screen navigation buttons.
The update is currently rolled out in batches across various regions with a wider release set to happen in the next few weeks.