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Sony rolls out Android 8.0 (Oreo) update for Xperia XZ Premium devices

Christian Jay Magowan  —  4 weeks ago ( Oct 23, 2017 )    |    News

Major Android updates were supposedly rolling out later after Google releases it to its primary supported devices which includes the Pixels, Nexuses and AndroidOne’s. However Sony defy the odds and formally started rolling out its Android 8 Oreo update to its Xperia XZ Premium devices.

Users of the flagship device should be able to get notified about the update anytime from this moment.

The latest Android 8.0 (Oreo) updates basically adds a lot of under the hood improvements and enhancement while maintaining most the overall material design from Android 7 (Nougat). It also brought the much-needed bug fixes to make the new operating system as seamless as possible. In addition of what Android brings to the table, Sony also includes specific new features for its devices including the following:

3D Creator – A feature introduced with the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. It lets users scan their face, head, or any object and rendering them as a 3D avatar where users can easily share them on social media or have it 3D printed. Predictive Capture (smile) – Capture photos automatically even before pressing the shutter button when it detects a smile and allow the user to to pick the best image from a set of up to four shots. Then there’s the Autofocus burst where is takes photos on moving objects in sharp focus, this helps for a blur-free action shots.

Other improvements found with the new software update is its Improvement in sound quality where there’s a better output from its front-facing stereo speakers, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio support for high-quality sounds with wireless headphones. Finally there’s the support for App Shortcuts – a feature that’s been with Android 7.x and carried through Android 8.0, app shortcuts works by long pressing the app icon that brings out a bubble with actions menus.

The new Android 8.0 (Oreo) software update is rolled out in phase with unlocked devices should get them first while carrier locked devices are expected to lag behind but should be ready in no time. Users can check if the update is already available for their devices by going through Settings > System > Software update.

Christian Jay Magowan

A Medtech by Profession and a big fan of gadgets and whatever technology has for the world. I scour for anything technology and science to provide you with what’s hot in this side of space.