Sony wasn't prompt in releasing Android Marshmallow to its eligible devices but it appears to be working on an early roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat update. After seeding Android 7.0 Nougat beta update to the flagship Xperia X Performance, the Japanese company has released its Concept for Android firmware based on Nougat for the Xperia X, giving a hint that the new OS public launch is not far off.
Sony rolled out Concept for Android, an experimental build of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to the Xperia Z3 series last year before the OS was officially rolled out. Now, the company has released Concept for Android based on Nougat for the Xperia X, which means the device will soon get the firmware.
The concept firmware is currently available only to Xperia X (model number F5121) users in Europe. Users of the device can download the "Concept Installer" app from Google Play.
The company's blog has revealed that its latest concept includes
- a sneak-peek at some of the latest features that will be part of future Xperia products
- Android 7.0 Nougat, which includes new native features such as multi-window support and improved notifications
- Access to Sony's inTouch community, providing direct access to our software engineers and a chance to influence development and coming releases.
The Japanese technology giant is expected to first roll out Android 7.0 Nougat update to its Xperia X Performance before the end of this year before expanding to the Xperia XZ, Xperia X, X Compact and other devices.
Sony had earlier revealed that it will seed the new firmware to the Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance. However, the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet will not get the OS update.