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Sony’s Android TVs will be the first televisions with Google Assistant

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Earlier this year at CES 2017, Google announced that its Google Assistant voice command feature would find its way into smart TVs. Today, Sony confirmed that its upcoming 2017 lineup of Bravia 4K televisions, which already have Android TV installed, will be the first to incorporate Google Assistant.

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January 3, 2017

That’s the good news. The bad news is that if you buy one of the new 2017 Sony Bravia televisions right away, you won’t get access to Google Assistant out of the box. Wired reports that it will be added, via a firmware update, sometime “later this year”. Once it is enabled, you can start using Google Assistant by pressing on a special button on your TV remote. If you also own a Google Home connected speaker, you can issue voice commands to your Sony Android TV through that method as well.

Google Assistant will have a few specific additions for its use on Sony’s new TVs. For example, you can tell it to change your source inputs in case you want to switch from using your cable TV box to your Xbox One console. You can also launch apps on the TV like Netflix and Hulu with your voice, along with adjusting the volume. You can ask it to start playing a specific TV show, or simply to change the channel.

All of this sounds great on the surface, but it’s too bad that we will have to wait an unknown amount of time before Sony updates its TVs with Google Assistant. It will also have to compete with a lineup of smart TVs due out this year that will have Amazon’s Fire OS, all of which will come with their own voice remote to issue commands to the company’s Alexa digital assistant.

Would you want to wait until your next smart TV has voice command features to buy it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Android Nougat rollout for Sony Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, and Z5 series starts up again

Sony has relaunched its Android Nougat rollout to the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet, and Z5 series. Sony previously halted the rollout soon after it began due to a number of bugs — despite that it had been up and running on the Xperia X Performance since last year.

Sony said the rollout was suspended due to “Inconsistencies related to audio playback via third-party apps and SD card encrypted data read performance,” that some users had experienced after upgrading to Android 7.0, Nougat.

Now, Sony is rolling out the new firmware, build number 32.3.A.0.376, over-the-air which should house fewer technical problems.

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It’s been about three weeks since we first reported on the story and about two and a half since Sony first responded to it. However, Sony remains one of the first manufacturers to roll the Nougat update out beyond its latest phone series (the Xperia Z3+, for example, was released in September 2014) — so we won’t judge it too harshly on this particular misstep.

Check your device’s software update page to see if it’s ready to download the software now. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Sony’s new camera sensor captures glorious 960 fps slow-mo

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Sony’s smartphone business is a shadow of its former self, but that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t profiting off the smartphone revolution.

Sony is the leading manufacturer of camera sensors for mobile applications – its Exmor sensors can be found in virtually every major device, ensuring a steady flow of cash for the company, a part of which is re-invested into R&D.

The latest camera sensor from Sony looks to further solidify its lead in the sector. In an industry first, Sony created a sensor that integrates DRAM memory, making it possible to capture images at very high speeds – one frame every 120th of a second.

The new sensor is up to eight times faster than IMX378, which can be found in the Google Pixel and other recent flagship phones. While IMX378 can capture slow-motion video at up to 120 frames per second, the new sensor (which doesn’t have a name yet) can capture video at an incredible 960 fps (120 fps in 4K)

This video provided by Sony demonstrates what can be achieved with this capability:

By putting DRAM (1 Gb) on the sensor (it’s actually sandwiched between the top, CMOS layer and the bottom, circuitry one), Sony made it possible to capture data much faster than before. The DRAM acts as a buffer, storing data until it can be fed to the phone’s signal processing chip.

Super smooth slow-mo is the main benefit, but fast data capture also prevents image distortion that can happen when conventional sensors capture fast-moving objects. This “rolling-shutter” effect, exemplified in the image of a moving train below, happens because CMOS sensors typically capture the top of a frame faster than they capture the bottom of the frame. When an object moves faster than the readout difference, it will turn out skewed in the final picture. In video, this issue can lead to the “jello effect” that can be seen on many clips shot with smartphones. Sony’s new sensor mitigates these issues, thanks to its on-board memory.

Sony’s new camera sensor captures glorious 960 fps slow-mo

Sony confirmed the new tech will be used on smartphones, but it didn’t say when it will begin to commercialize it. It could take a while – for instance, Sony announced the IMX 378 sensor in February 2016, and the first phones with it inside came out towards the end of the year.

Ambient display arrives in latest Xperia Concept update

Sony’s latest version of the Xperia Concept software for the Xperia X now includes ambient display. The feature can be enabled in the display settings so that your screen will temporarily light up whenever new notifications come in. The update also includes a few other features.

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After the update, the camera on the Xperia X will have a fixed brightness, irrespective of the screen’s current brightness. Sony also fixed a Bluetooth audio issue when using “OK Google” commands and corrected the tinted display problem some users experienced on the last build. A fix for the notification LED (which was failing to light up when a call was missed) is also included.

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The software version is 38.3.A.0.94 and the file is about 40 MB. It’s still Android 7.1.1 and includes the January security patch. This is actually a little odd, considering Sony released the February security patch on the first day of the month, before even Google pushed it out. That update was for the Xperia X family, excluding the Xperia XA, so it’s strange the same security patch couldn’t be included here.

Sony is selling fewer Xperia phones, but the mobile unit is making money again

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Sony Mobile has not had the best of luck selling smartphones in the last few years, as it recorded big overall financial losses for the division. Indeed, in its last fiscal year, the division lost a whopping $544 million. Its Xperia lineup of headsets have mostly not been available from wireless carriers in the big US market, either. That means people who want to get these devices in the country have to buy them unlocked at higher prices from online retailers like Amazon.

Recently, sales of Xperia phones have also gone down in Europe, where Sony’s phones have been more popular. However, the mobile communications unit of the huge Japanese electronics company is actually making money, at least for now.

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December 20, 2016

Sony revealed its latest financial results for the quarter that ended on December 31, 2016 this week. According to its figures, revenues came in at 248.6 billion yen ($2.143 billion) for the quarter, but that was a big 35.3 percent decrease from the same period a year ago. Sony said the revenue decline was due in part to lower sales in Europe and other regions where the company has cut back on its business.

The good news? Because of its downsizing efforts, combined with better foreign exchange rates, the division still brought in 21.2 billion yen ($183 million) in operating income for the quarter. While that income number was still 2.9 billion yen lower than the previous year, it shows that Sony might be able to turn things around if it releases phones that people may want to actually buy.

The company does have plans for launching new Xperia phones, and it will likely show some of them off in a few weeks. Sony will hold a press event on February 27 in Barcelona, Spain as part of the 2017 Mobile World Congress trade show. It is expected to show some new mid-range Xperia phones at the event, including a successor to the Xperia XA, which reportedly was shown in a leaked video a few days ago. It might also officially reveal successors to the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance phones. However, Sony is not expected to launch a new flagship headset at MWC 2017; it may wait until later in the year to show that off.

Do you think Sony can make a comeback with its upcoming Xperia phones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Sony beats Google to the punch with February security patch for Xperia X family

Yesterday, Sony began issuing the February security patch from Google to the Xperia XZ, X Performance, X and X Compact. This is notable because Google hasn’t even issued the February patch to Pixel or Nexus devices yet, not even in the Android 7.1.2 beta release which started rolling out two days ago.

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The Xperia security patch is dated February 1 and comes as part of build number 39.2.A.0.417 for the Xperia XZ and X Performance and build number 34.2.A.0.311 for the Xperia X and X Compact. The Xperia XA does not seem to be getting the update.

We can’t even tell you what is addressed in the patch because Google hasn’t posted February details on the Android security bulletin page yet. While this might be a nice little win Xperia X family owners, the stalled Nougat update for various Xperia Z series devices doesn’t seem to have been resumed yet.

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

2017 is upon us and we’ve already seen the first smartphone announcements of the year in the form of the HTC U Ultra, Asus ZenFone AR, and the US release of the Huawei Mate 9. There’s also plenty of rumors swirling around LG, Samsung, and even Huawei’s next flagships.

In the first half of this post we talk about new Android phones that have either been formally announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. In the second part we turn on our crystal balls and talk about phones that have yet to be confirmed, pointing out some of the biggest rumors we’ve been hearing so far.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting upcoming and new devices heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future!

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HTC U Ultra

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Things have been rough for HTC over the last few years, despite their best attempts to change the company’s falling fortunes. Enter the HTC U Ultra. The Ultra breaks some of the company’s traditions moving away from the HTC numbered nomenclature and ditching metal in favor of a glass-clad design.

While the HTC 11 is still expected to happen later in the year, the U Ultra currently stands as the company’s flagship, with the U Play filling the mid-range niche. 

Spec wise, the HTC U Ultra offers flagship worthy specs including a Snapdragon 821 processor with 4GB RAM and a solid (on paper at least) camera package. Whether that is enough to gain HTC the much needed attention it is after? Only time well tell for sure. The HTC U Ultra has already been formally announced but won’t hit the market until March this year. However, if you are interested you can pre-order now.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super LCD5 display with Quad HD resolution
  • 2.15 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 2TB
  • 12 MP HTC Ultrapixel 2 camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with Sense
  • 162.41 x 79.79 x 3.6-7.99mm, 170g

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Asus Zenfone AR

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

The ZenFone line started out pretty modestly back in 2015 but over the years it has evolved quite a bit and this year it is set to climb even further heights. At CES 2017 Asus formally announced the ZenFone AR, the world’s first high-end Tango-powered handset.

Powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor with a whopping 8GB of RAM, the ZenFone AR is the very definition of a powerhouse device. Other key specs include a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, a 23MP rear cam, and all the special cameras and sensors required for Tango’s AR functions. Additionally, the AR will be completely ready for Google’s Daydream VR platform and will even offer its own VR headset that works with the standard.

As for when it is coming? That’s a less easy to answer question. Asus is no stranger to announcing phones and then waiting forever to actually launch them. For Asus’ part they currently suggest a Q2 launch, though exactly when in Q2 remains a mystery.  Nonetheless, this is certainly a phone worth looking out for.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch 1440×2560 Super AMOLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD card expansion up to 256GB
  • 23 MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, extra cameras and sensors included for Tango experience
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 158.7 x 77.7 x 9 mm, 170g

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OnePlus 3T

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

We weren’t expecting OnePlus to release another new flagship in 2016, but it happened. If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’ll certainly love the OnePlus 3T. While it has been around for a little bit now, it’s still relatively new enough to make this list for now.

With its powerful Snapdragon 821 processor backed by 6GB of RAM, the 3T absolutely flies through web browsing, gaming and most other everyday tasks. It also has a bigger battery this time around (3,400mAh to be exact), which is more than enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. In addition, the 3T now sports 16MP rear and front-facing camera sensors, a dual-SIM card slot, plenty of on-board storage, and a fast front-facing fingerprint sensor on the front.

Basically the OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3, and we’re certainly not complaining. You can buy it right from OnePlus’ website in Gunmetal and Soft Gold color options.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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Huawei Mate 9

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Huawei has done a great job at making its way to the mainstream over the past few years – first with the Huawei P9, and now with the Mate 9. While the Mate 9 has been on the market since late 2016, in January the company finally brought its flagship over to the US, making it a very new device for the US market and marking the first time we’ve ever seen a high-end Huawei flagship in the states.

With a big 5.9-inch display, powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, and an impressive camera setup, the Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones of the year. While its display is ‘only’ 1080p and its software is a bit odd sometimes, we still think the high price tag is worth it. If you’re after a smartphone that offers exceptional battery life and incredible performance, the standard Mate 9 delivers in spades. If money is no object and you want a smartphone that is unattainable to most customers, the Porsche Design Mate 9 might be worth your while.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9mm, 190g

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Samsung Galaxy S8

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Unofficial render of the Galaxy S8 based on rumors

With Samsung pulling the plug on the Note 7, it’s only natural that rumors would turn to the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the handset isn’t expected until sometime in late April (based on most recent rumors), there are a number of alleged features heading to the device.

First, the Galaxy S8 will reportedly offer up two variants. Previously it was believed they would  be 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch in size. More recently, we’ve seen an image leak that lends credence to a claim that Samsung is significantly jumping up screen sizes to 5.7 and 6.2-inches. While that seems pretty massive, these larger sizes are said to be achievable in much smaller than expected packages thanks to slim bezels, curved displays, and a tall screen ratio that sees Samsung ditch its physical keys in favor of software buttons.

Other rumors claim that Samsung will introduce a dual camera setup and will offer different processor configurations depending on the market: Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895. None of these changes are that unexpected, given Samsung’s past behaviors in terms of using mixed processors and adapting to new technology trends. Obviously there’s a lot unknown about this device, but below you’ll find some of the rumored specs — just keep in mind this list will be updated as we hear more.

Unconfirmed specs

  • Standard model: 5.7-inch AMOLED QHD, curved
  • Phablet model: 6.2-inch AMOLED (possibly 4K), curved
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, depending on market
  • No solid rumors on RAM, but likely in the 4 to 6GB range
  • No solid details on storage, microSD or external UFS likely
  • 16MP/8MP dual camera setup
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner a possibility, that or an under-the-glass front scanner
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android Nougat

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LG G6

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

LG G5 pictured above.

While the LG G5 attempted to really change up the way LG designed its phones, ultimately it didn’t end up faring all that well in the market. The whole modular thing didn’t catch on quite like they had hoped, and frankly so many other OEMs were doing a better job last year that LG found in hard to keep up. Will things be different with the G6? LG certainly hopes so and for what it is worth, they seem to have pretty big plans.

First, the LG G6 is expected to ditch removeable batteries and modules in favor of a glass and metal design. Second, it will be moving to a taller format (similar to the rumored Galaxy S8) with a ratio of 18:9. Google and LG are also reportedly working together to bring Google Assistant to the LG G6 and we expect at least a few other tricks up the phone’s virtual sleeves as well.

As for the rest of the specs? Obviously there are a lot of unknowns at this point, though some of the rumors suggest we are looking at a Snapdragon 835 or 821 (depending on the rumor you believe) with 6GB RAM. It really comes down to when the phone plans to launch, as the Snapdragon 830 has yet to officially ship with any handsets and is still reportedly a little ways out.

Unconfirmed specs

  • 5.7-inch QHD display with 18:9 ratio
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or 821
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB likely, microSD expected
  • dual camera setup, few details currently rumored
  • Rear mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android Nougat

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Huawei P10

New & upcoming Android phones (January 2017)

Huawei P9 pictured above.

Frankly, we don’t know much about the Huawei P10 for sure. We don’t even know if that will end up its name or not. All we know for sure is that Huawei has indicated that at MWC 2017 it will show off its next flagship, and it seems pretty likely that it will be a successor to the Huawei P9.

Based on current rumors, the Huawei P10 is said to be a mostly metallic flagship, as per Huawei’s usual style. Under the hood we can expect a Kirin processor, very possibly the same Kirin 960 found in the current Mate 9 phablet. One area where the P10 is supposedly going to differ from the P9 is the screen size, jumping from 5.2-inches to 5.5-inches. Additionally, the display is supposedly going to be an AMOLED with a QHD resolution, a jump forward from the LCD 1080p display of its predecessor. On the camera front, we expect the Leica partnership to continue, with the phone offering a dual-camera setup, though the specfics aren’t known just yet.

Bottom-line, there are a ton of unknowns about the next flagship from Huawei, all we know is it will be formally unveiled at MWC and is expected to hit store shelves sometime in March or April.

Unconfirmed specs

  • 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 or 6GB of RAM likely, possibly multiple configurations here
  • 32/64/128GB likely, microSD very likely
  • Dual camera setup, possibly similar or the same as the Mate 9’s
  • Android 7.0 Nougat

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What phones are you excited about?

Are there any phones we didn’t add to this post and you are looking forward to? Hit the comments and let us know! Also share your thoughts on the handsets listed above.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

The rollout of Android Nougat appeared to be off to a good start this year, with a number of handsets seeing the update and many more promises being made about upgrades arriving in the not too distant future. However, waiting for Nougat is becoming an increasingly frustrating situation for many, as a number of manufacturers have delayed, postponed, and even cancelled their upgrades recently. Quite frankly, this easily avoidable situation is becoming a bit of a mess.

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For a recap, just a few days ago Sony halted the roll out of Nougat for its Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z3+ Dual, and Z4 Tablet. The reason, a number of bugs related to audio playback.

HTC has also previously twice delayed its roll out of Nougat for the HTC 10, first pulling the update for a number of bugs and issues, then appearing to suffer from similar problems again just a couple of weeks ago, and today we have another delay in Europe for “technical issues”.

That’s not all either: ZTE is now declaring that Nougat for its Axon 7 won’t be arriving in January, stating that the software does not currently meet its “quality requirements”. Instead, the company aims to send the upgrade out to customers some time later in the quarter, possibly as late as March.

I’m sure you can spot the common theme here: software bugs. While these are often unavoidable in one form or another, the fact that so many manufacturers are struggling to roll out stable software is a symptom of a larger industry problem – manufacturers are simply promising more than they can deliver and shipping unfinished products. The practice needs to stop.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

After initially promising an update in January, ZTE has had to push back its Nougat update for the Axon 7 until sometime later this quarter.

Delays > bugs

Of course, a short delay is better than a buggy release, but companies and consumers would be better served by OEMs not setting themselves deadlines that simply can’t be met in the first place (something HTC learned in the past). Unfortunately we’re now trapped in this cycle of over-promising due to consumer eagerness for the latest version of Android, combined with the brownie points on offer for manufacturers that promise to have an update out the fastest.

Social media certainly hasn’t helped this trend, with a never-ending stream of questions and criticisms about slow updates, so it’s ever so tempting for PR departments to promise the world just to score a few pleasantries.

Fast updates are certainly welcome, but we've reach that point where the race is starting to negatively impact the quality of products coming out.

Of course, prompt updates are certainly a welcome side effect of the competitive Android landscape, but we’ve reach the point where the race is starting to negatively impact the quality of products coming out. Sure, making the update deadline is great, but missing it only causes consumer resentment and a PR backlash that has to be dealt with.

Free beta

Even the increasing prevalence of beta updates is starting to become a worrying sign. Operating a small closed beta to iron out the last few bugs is one thing, but we’re seeing a number of companies running highly open betas for months and still shipping bug-filled updates that need to be halted.

This essentially encourages consumers to test out a company’s software for free, something which they should really be paying professionals to do effectively and promptly. Consumers shouldn’t have to keep up with the latest betas to first get and then fix issues; companies should be providing stable releases suitable for mass consumers who don’t want or have the time to spend keeping up to date with changelogs.

Companies run open betas for months and still ship bug-filled updates that need to be halted.

If we start seeing an increasing number of OEMs offering beta updates, you can bet that this is just a cop out to side-step the issue. It effectively allows manufacturers to promise fast updates but then not have to bother polishing them for the majority of consumers until months later. These days we treat availability of a beta program as though it were an actual public release. As consumers, we should be incredibly sceptical of this.

Mirror, mirror

All of this is building to a potential major shaking up of consumer confidence in manufacturers’ software, and this could eventually trickle down into a more widespread scepticism about the quality of Android on the whole. With so many updates running into issues, how can consumers trust that their next OTA isn’t going to ruin their experience?

The buggy mess OEMs bring to the market reflects badly on Android as a whole.

It won’t take many reports of bricked handsets or crashing software before general consumers begin to build the impression that Android is a bug-riddled mess, and may be tempted to try iOS for its “just works” reputation.

As Android enthusiasts, we know that this isn’t true of the actual source code, but if a buggy mess is what OEMs bring to the market then that’s effectively what Android becomes.

OEMs need to stop promising updates they can’t deliver

We know that Nougat itself is not bug riddled, but slap-dash OEM implementations risk damaging the reputation of the entire Android ecosystem.

Great expectations

That said, I’m certainly not suggesting that OEMs don’t announce which phones they plan on updating, but an attitude of “it will be ready when it’s ready” would help avoid the disappointments and frustrations while at the same time ensuring better quality rollouts. After all, good communication is about keeping people informed accurately, not about making unrealistic promises.

For their own sake, companies need to slow down and polish their products.

For their own sake, companies need to slow down and polish their products, less they risk damaging their reputation and that of the broader Android ecosystem for a few positive replies on their Twitter accounts.

We as consumers can help ease the situation too by putting less pressure on OEMs to update their devices too quickly and not buying handsets simply because a company promises us something in the future. Instead, we should be willing to accept that a good update is worth waiting for, while still holding companies fairly to account when they fail to deliver on their promises and/or quality.

New Sony Xperia X Nougat Concept update adds Night Light feature

Sony is trying to make it easier for its Xperia X owners to read content at night. The company is rolling out a new Concept update on its Experimental track, which previously added Android 7.1.1 Nougat to the Xperia X. This new update adds the Night Light option to the phone’s display settings.

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Android Nougat update: when will you get it?

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The update, which has the build number 38.3.A.0.66, will give users access to a Night Light feature that should help filter out blue light emitted from the display to aid in nighttime reading. And, just like with other phones’ Night Light features, you’ll be able to turn it on and off manually or automatically at sunrise and sunset.

Besides the nifty Night Light, this new Concept update also has a new version of the Xperia Home launcher, bug fixes for the phone’s noise cancelling and fingerprint test features, and improvements in network handling. Finally, the update has the latest January 2017 Android security patches from Google.

Keep in mind this update is just for Xperia X owners who have signed up for Concept updates on the Experimental track.

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet also receiving Android Nougat

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The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has now joined the Z5 series and Xperia Z3+ on the list of Sony devices receiving Android Nougat this week. Sony confirmed the rollout in a tweet yesterday alongside a trailer for the new software.

The update to the Z4 Tablet highlights how Sony has improved the way it delivers software updates since the last generation; Z4 Tablet owners waited until March 2016 to receive the previous major upgrade, Android Marshmallow, five months after it became available. Nougat, conversely, has only been around for three months.

Check out the trailer for the new software below for a look at what’s in store when you get the update.

Though there are rumors that the rollout to the Xperia Z5 has been halted, here’s hoping that the Xperia Z4 Tablet deployment runs smooth.

Let us know in the comments what you think of Sony’s take on Android Nougat.