Android 8.1 Oreo for Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 : Release Date and Features
Sony launched the Xperia XZ1 flagship with pre-installed Android 8.0 Oreo. The Xperia XZ Premium flagship arrived with Android 7.1 Nougat and starts receiving the Android 8.0 update along with the 3D Creator app.
Google released the Android 8.1 Developer Preview on October 25th with many exciting features like Neural Network API, Bluetooth Battery levels, SMS connect and so on. So the next big update for Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 flagships is Android 8.1 Oreo.
Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 Android 8.1 update Release Dates
Dave Burke, VP of Android Engineering mentioned in the official Android Blog, the final build of Android 8.1 will come in December 2017. So in December, Nexus 5X, 6P along with the Pixel lineup will receive the Android 8.1 update.
Due to Project Treble of Android 8.0 Oreo, Xperia XZ1 will receive the upcoming updates quickly. Sony also confirms that Project Treble has enabled in Xperia XZ1. So it seems that Xperia XZ1 will receive Android 8.1 Oreo earlier than XZ Premium.
According to tech analysts, Xperia XZ1 might receive the Android 8.1 update in January 2018. Carrier locked XZ1 devices might also receive in late-January or Early-February. As these are preliminary estimates, the release dates may change in the future.
Xperia XZ Premium probably receives the upcoming Android update in February or March 2018. The official rollout dates of Android 8.1 for Sony XZ Premium will be revealed in coming days.
Android 8.1 Elegant Features
Google introduced the Neural Network API in Android 8.1 to enhance the Machine learning. Previously, the Search giant pushed out the Machine learning features like Tensor Flowlite and Smart text selection. Now with Neural Network API, app developers can do many wonders.
Bluetooth Battery levels are another useful feature of the Android 8.1 update. So the Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium users can know the battery levels of their Bluetooth devices through Quick Settings Toggles.
In Android 8.1, Google has redesigned the Battery section of the Settings app. In the battery section a list of the apps with high battery drain will be displayed. Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 users can stop the excessive drain of battery by reducing the requests for these apps.
For example, an app is draining excess battery through Location requests and the users can turnoff location services for the app through the refined battery section in Android 8.1 Oreo. So this is another big step towards the prevention of battery drain. In the Android 8.0 Oreo, the Search Giant introduced app background limits to stop the battery drain.
We will update this post soon with latest news about Android 8.1 for Xperia XZ and XZ Premium.