The Sony Xperia X received the Android 7.1.1 update a couple of days ago, making it the first non-Google phone to get the latest version of Nougat. This follows the release of the Android 7.0 update to the Xperia X Dual, the Xperia X Compact, the Xperia XZ, and the Xperia X Performance. These rollouts have made other Sony Xperia users: when will Nougat reach my phone?
Well, the answer depends on the model that you own. Sony has confirmed on their official website that the Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Xperia Z5 Premium — along with their dual SIM versions — will get the Android Nougat update. This is also true for the Xperia Z4 Tablet, the Xperia Z3+, and the Xperia Z3+ Dual.
The Japanese tech giant has not given a date as to when these models would receive the Nougat update. However, tech experts assume that these devices will get the new firmware version sometime in the first or second quarter of this year. This is probably due to the fact that Sony will focus on developing the Nougat update for the Xperia XA and XA Ultra before turning its attention to the older units mentioned above.
It’s important to note, though, that not all older Sony phones will receive the Nougat update. This is particularly true for models that have the Snapdragon 800 chipset (such as the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact) and those that have the Snapdragon 801 chipset (like the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3v, and Xperia Z3 Compact). The main reason for this is that Qualcomm will not release graphics drivers for the Snapdragon 800 and 801 processors, making them incompatible with Nougat. Older Sony models aren’t the only ones affected; other makes and models that use Snapdragon 800 or 801 are also ineligible to get Android 7.0 or 7.1.1.
Those who own older Sony phones that will not receive the Nougat update can either upgrade to newer models or use a custom ROM to enjoy the features brought about by the latest update.