As promised, Sony has released the Android 7.0 Nougat beta update to the flagship Xperia X Performance smartphone.
As of now, the company's software testing is available only in select regions of Europe -- Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands.
Registered users are receiving a firmware notification bearing build number 39.2.A.0.248 and it brings multi-window options, bundled notification, improved battery optimisation and Google's October 2016 security patch.
In addition to Nougat features, Sony has introduced improvements to camera including manual shutter speed control and manual ISO control at 23MP option and also the proprietary STAMINA battery power optimisation.
When will the public get official Nougat software?
Going by the previous release patterns, Sony is expected to roll-out Android Nougat to Xperia X Performance by the end of December 2016.
Which will be the next Sony phone to get Android Nougat?
Like all Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Sony will first release the new OS update to the latest flagship phones and then later to older marquee devices and mid-range handsets.
So Sony Xperia XZ will be the next in line to receive Android Nougat, followed by Xperia X and X Compact later in the year.
Other Sony devices that are confirmed to get the new update include –Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia XA Ultra.
Interested users, who wish to be the first to get their hands on the new software, can enroll for the soak test. They just need to download Sony's "Xperia Beta Program" on Google Play Store and await a confirmation from Sony via e-mail.
[Note: This application is available in select regions only and the amount of users for this activity is limited]
Source: Xperia Blog