Sony was not prompt in releasing Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to its devices. In fact, a couple of eligible devices still haven't got it though it's almost a year since it was launched. However, the company seems to be keen on rolling out Google's latest operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat update early.
Google has seeded Android 7.0 Nougat update to a few devices - Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and Android One - but the firmware is yet to come to other devices.
The Japanese technology giant is yet to reveal Android 7.0 Nougat update schedule for its eligible devices, but it is likely to happen before the end of this year. The OS beta testing has been made available to some of its devices weeks before its official release, so it could come to Sony handset early.
Sony had earlier revealed that Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA, Xperia XA Ultra and Xperia X Performance will receive Android 7.0 Nougat update. It is expected to roll out the firmware to the X Series before expanding to other handsets.
Surprisingly, Xperia Z3, that got Nougat preview testing, failed to make it to the list of devices that is eligible for the new firmware. Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet too will not get the OS update as they have been in the market for two years.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes with features like multi-window, direct reply notifications, extra power efficiency, Google Assistant, VR interface, seamless updates, screen zoom, clear all, data saver, improved file browser, instant apps, app switch, bundled notifications, improved Java 8 language support, and new emojis.