Sony has rolled out “Concept for Android” for Xperia X owners in Europe on November 8.
Concept for Android is a crowdsourcing program developed by Sony to engage the Xperia community in conversation and get ideas on how to further improve their software. Through the program, Sony will have access to Xperia X owners’ real-time usage and allow users to send their feedback about which apps and features they like and which ones they don’t. The Japanese company will also use this platform to experiment with and test new ways to improve communication and productivity.
Concept for Android isn’t exactly new since it has been around for some time now. It was first launched in Sweden in July 2015 to give Xperia Z3 users the chance to try Sony’s concept operating system that was based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. A few months later in October, another version of the program was released; this time, it was based on the then-new Android Marshmallow and targeted Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact users in Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and the UK.
Those who download this year’s Concept for Android will get to experience a sneak peek into the latest features that Sony has developed and will include in upcoming Xperia devices. They’ll also have access to inTouch, an online community that allows users to directly contact Sony software engineers and gives them a chance to influence future software releases and developments.
Of course, Concept for Android users will enjoy the benefits that Android 7.0 Nougat brings, including multi-window support and split-screen multitasking. As of the moment, Concept for Android is the only Xperia OS that’s based on Nougat, so those who’ll join this program will be the first Sony users to get their hands on Android 7.0.
However, not everyone can sign up for the program. Concept for Android is available only to Xperia X units with model number F5121, which is offered in Europe. There might also be market and network operator exceptions that would prevent users from joining the program.
If you have the Xperia X F5121 and are in Europe, you can sign up by going to Google Play, downloading the Concept Installer app, and following the instructions that would appear onscreen to install the app and set up your account. Before taking these steps, though, you should first back up all your data since joining Concept for Android may make you lose your important files.
Once you’ve completed the sign up process, you’ll be asked to choose between a stable update track and an experimental track. The former provides you with new and stable software updates once a month, while the latter gives you access to new releases every seven days. It’s up to you to choose which one best suits your needs and preferences.
Sony asks all users who join Concept for Android to share their thoughts and suggestions about the concept operating system. It’s not a requirement, though; users can simply use the software and enjoy its weekly or monthly updates without having to send their feedback.
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