After HTC and Essential, Sony has joined the race to announce the list of devices eligible to get the latest Android Pie software.

Sony has confirmed to GizChina that the company's six devices—Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ1 Premium, XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium—will be getting the Google's pastry dough sweet treat-flavoured mobile OS between September and November this year.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 and five other XZ series phones are confirmed to get new Android Pie later this year.IBTimes, India/ Sami Khan

This is a welcome move by Sony, as it will surely build strong loyalty among the patrons and also other brands should also take a cue and waste no time in at least releasing their list of devices eligible for the update so that consumers get reassured there mobile's software support is being taken care of.

Also read: Android 9.0 Pie update tracker: List of phones eligible for Google's dessert flavoured OS

What's coming in Android 9 Pie?

Google has incorporated several new features in addition to security upgrades in the Pie over the Android Oreo series. The new software will be coming with full-view screen friendly swipe-based navigation interface option, revamped setting drawer, adaptive battery and display, extend battery life and several more.

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Google Android 9.0 Pie is currently available to Pixel series and Essential phone.Android/Twitter (screen-grab)

After taking note of the recent psychological research studies about people's obsession with phones, especially among young adults, the Android team has added 'Dashboard'. This feature documents the user activities and tells how he or she can use their phone and make any adjustments they'd like along the way.

Also, Android 9 Pie makes notifications even more useful and more actionable functionalities with conversations such as attach photos and stickers, and even suggest smart replies.

Device after upgrading to the Android 9 will be secure, as it will restrict any apps accessing users' phone's microphone, camera, or other sensors when an app is idle or running in the background. (If an app does need to access a sensor, it will show a persistent notification on your phone.)

The new Android 9 also brings important improvements that protect all web communications and offer private web surfing. It also enables encryption of Android backups with a client-side secret (the device PIN, pattern or password) for greater security.

Furthermore, Android 9 introduces a number of new security features, including a standardized biometric authentication prompt to provide a more consistent authentication experience across Android.

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