The Xperia XZ3 flagship launched in August 2018, powered by Snpadragon 845 and pre-installed Android 9 Pie. The predecessor of XZ3 also powered by SD 845 and came with Android 8.0 Oreo. The XZ2 flagship received the Android 9 Pie update in October 2018.
The next big update for these flagships is Android 10 Q. The XZ3 flagship is included in Android Q Beta program and registered users already started getting the preview version of the tenth anniversary edition of Android.
Google released the third Beta cum Preview version of Android Q on May 7th at I/O 2019, with many improvements and new features over previous android versions. The fourth and fifth betas are scheduled for release in June and July respectively, according to Google’s roadmap. The final version of Android Q along with official codename most likely arrive in early-August 2019. However, the release schedules may change at a later time due to unforeseen technical issues.
Thanks to Project Treble, the Beta version is available for XZ3 users along with Pixel users without any delay. So if Sony has decided to proceed with official beta rollout, the fourth and fifth Betas will also hit XZ3 along with Pixel 3.
However, Sony may make some changes in user interface and adding exclusive Sony apps in the final version of Android Q. So the final rollout of Android 10 for XZ3 most likely begin in late-September or early-October 2019, according to tech analysts.
For Sony XZ2 users, the rollout is expected to begin in late-October or early-November 2019, only for unlocked devices. The carrier locked editions of XZ2 might begin getting the update in Q1 of 2020. Any thing more than this would be only speculation at this moment. We post the official rollout dates here, as soon as Sony has announced them.
Since, Android Q is the tenth anniversary edition of the most popular mobile operating system, the Search Giant makes remarkable changes and brings many exciting new features. Dark theme for Android and apps is one of the most useful features in the update. User privacy options got more improved and parental controls added for Digital wellbeing.
Turning on Battery saver, automatically enables dark theme on Android 10. Timer can also be set for Battery saver, so there is no need to turnoff manually.
Google removed snoozing of notifications feature in Android Q, which was introduced in Android Oreo. However, new altermative comes up in the form of Notification settings for each app. Users can set in Interruptive mode in which notification sound appears or Gentle mode in which there is no notification sound.
Gestural navigation is one of the advanced features of Android 10 Q. In Settings menu, users can set full gestural navigation, One button or two button navigation options. In full gestural, nav bar appears like a thin bar and users have to swipe up, left and right to access and switch between apps.
Desktop mode for Android is one of the innovative features arrived with the Android Q update. Till now, only Samsung Dex and some custom roms for flagship devices contain support for Desktop mode. Now native support has come with the tenth iteration of Android.
Because of desktop mode, flagship devices like Xperia XZ3 will work comparable to chrome books when connected to bigger display. Native Android Q without any launcher will feature only interface similar to smartphone. But some developers are working to develop launchers for Android Desktop mode. However, the desktop mode feature is still under development and present in the Developer options in Settings menu in the third beta. So the search giant may refine it in upcoming betas.
The Android Q update comes with storage encryption feature which is a fundamental security feature. The feature usually requires cryptographic acceleration support for hardware but with Adiantum, which was announced back in February, Android Q requires no special hardware for storage encryption. So the new devices shipped with Android Q comes with storage encryption as a fundamental feature.
Not only storage encryption, the latest iteration of Android also supports TLS 1.3 protocol which is safer and faster than the earlier TLS 1.2. So users of Xperia XZ3 will be able to browse web and watch videos or shows with much secure TLS 1.3 protocol and websites also open faster because of zero roundtrip time of the protocol. More details about the security features of Android Q will be revealed soon.
Update on 16/7/2019 :
Google pushedout the fifth Beta of Android Q for Pixel series devices on July 11th and Essential Phone receives the latest Beta on 14th. The build is very near to final system behaviours, according to Google and SDK is available for app developers. The Beta 5 is a minor one and includes no features like Facial authentication as leaked before. But it brings some refinements like new Gestures, screen pinning with Gestures, silent Lock screen notifications, new dark Boot animation for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices, snoozing of notifications and so on.
On Beta 5, users are able to launch Google Assistant by simply swiping from edge of display to centre, so there is no need for dedicated Google Assistant button. Dark Boot animation is one good feature arrived with Beta 5, but it is exclusive for Pixel 3 only at this moment. The dark animation is very good AMOLED display devices. The sixth Beta is due to arrive in late-July or early-August.
The Beta includes some minor fixes for dark theme, change in padlock postition on Lockscreen and other security fixes. The update includes Face Authentication section in the Settings menu, indicating native support for Face Unlock on Android. The next beta is due to come in early next month and the final beta may arrive in late-next month, according to the official roadmap.
We will update this article soon with more details about Android Q update for Xperia XZ2 and XZ3.