Sony Xperia X: The First Non-Google Phone To Get Android 7.1.1

By Monica U Santos , Jan 03, 2017 05:00 AM EST

Earlier this 2017, Sony announced that their very own Xperia X would be the latest smartphone to be compatible with the company’s “Concept” build of Android. Today, that same phone has become the first phone, besides the Pixel and Nexus devices, to get the updated Android 7.1.1

Meet The Sony Xperia X

The Sony Xperia X is not the best performer smartphone in any category, but it's not the cheapest of its kind either, according to TechRadar. It's lost some of the magic features that only Sony usually offers, and adds in some annoying bugs, but the base components of the good audio and a capable camera will still win some hearts of the customers.

Besides that, Sony is still driving in its other high-end technology, with the high-resolution audio upscaling and powerful screen technology, all while keeping the price tag down compared to other flagship handsets such as the Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7. A review said that the slicker design, dedicated camera key, and lower price are the strong points of the Sony Xperia X.

The First Non-Google Phone To Get Android 7.1.1

According to Xperia Blog, the released update is Android 7.1.1 Nougat MR1 and is said to have build number 38.3.A.0.41. The new features in this Android version include the restart button when holding down the power button, just like on the Google Pixel. It is said to have a faster startup for the camera app and the December 1st security patch. Sony has also reportedly added PlayStation 4 PS4 Remote Play with this release.

It’s worth noting. However, as per 9to5 Google, this update isn’t yet rolling out to all owners of the Sony Xperia X — that will come later in an update to the official software. If a user lives in the Europe area, they can head to the Play Store to grab the Concept Installer for the Xperia X. This specific release requires all smartphone users to be on the “Experimental” release track.


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