Sony launched Xperia XZ1 and XZ2 flagships with pre-loaded Android Oreo while the Xperia XZ Premium came with Android Nougat and received the Oreo update. The next major update for these flagships is Android 9 Pie and Sony already confirmed that these devices will receive the Pie update.
Google released the Android Pie update officially on August 6th after the release of five developer previews. Sony included the Xperia XZ2 flagships in the Android P Beta program and rolled out the Beta for the registered users.
According to Sony’s official blog, Sony XZ2 and XZ2 Compact users will receive the official build of Pie by November 2018. So the Japanese tech giant may start the rollout of Android Pie for the unlocked XZ2 and XZ2 Compact devices in late-October and carrier locked devices may receive in November.
The rollout of Pie may disseminate to XZ1 and XZ1 Compact devices after XZ2 series. So in early or mid-November, the Japanese tech giant might begin the Pie rollout for unlocked Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact devices. The carrier locked devices may receive in late-November 2018.
The Xperia XZ Premium also receive the Android 9 update in November along with XZ1 series. The confirmed rollout dates of the Pie update for Sony flagships will be revealed in coming days.
Android Pie is a major update with many new features like Gesture-based interface, Horizontal App switcher, New Messaging style, Smart replies, Adaptive battery and brightness, New Volume sliders and revamped Quick Settings with Material Design 2.0.
Editor’s Pick : Android Pie rollout begins for Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact soon.
Gesture-based interface is a new interface that uses gestures instead buttons, the navbar in Pie has got no app previews button, so Xperia users have to swipe up and left or right on the pill shaped home button to access recent app previews in horizontal style similar to iPhone X. The app previews appear in full preview size in horizontal switcher instead of partial preview in vertical switcher, so users can easily switch between windows.
Adaptive battery is another feature which uses machine learning to analyze user’s behaviour to predict which apps are going to be used in coming hours and keep them only in background and kill remaining apps. So CPU wake up cycles will be reduced by 30 percent and thereby battery drain.
Icons in Quick Settings tiles and Settings Menu have been redesigned with material design 2.0. So the Pie update brings another major visual overhaul after Android Lollipop.
Another important AI associated feature in Pie is Smart Replies. The Xperia users can select suggested replies directly from the notification of Message. The replies are formed with the help of Machine learning to analyze user’s behaviour and the replies which are used frequently.
App actions is one of the AI powered features of Android Pie which helps to improve user experience and also simplify phone use. It predicts the next action of the user based on previous behaviour and show suggestions, according to it.
For example, if the user connects a headphone to the device, Android will ask about the source music and show some actions like Spotify favourite playlist. So user can simply tap on the action to play music from required source without multiple steps. Such app actions will appear throughout the Pie OS like Playstore, Smart text selection, Google Assistant and so on.
We will update this article soon with more details about Android Pie for Xperia XZ1, XZ2 and XZ Premium flagships.