Sony hit it big on the showroom floor at 2017 IFA by releasing some new phones with impressive flagship specs and a cutting edge operating system. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 compact will both ship with a freshly skinned version of Android 8.0 Oreo.
And while it’s true that the Xperia XZ1 pair are great looking phones, phablet fans looking to get their taste of Oreo may feel left out since neither device is larger than 5.2″. Thankfully, the Japanese giant is keeping us in mind.
Sony announced today on their blog that most of the 2016 Xperia handsets will be updated to Oreo, including the 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra. The update should help the device stay competitive with its rivals well into next phone season.
There is no word on timing, or what Android 8 features Sony is going to make available. Like all new versions, the latest Android release is expected to be smarter, faster, and more powerful than ever.
Big screen phone lovers will be happy to know that Android 8 is expected to have a new solution for working in two apps at once. It’s called picture-in-picture and it allows you to keep a second app open in a small window that floats on the screen; it’s very reminiscent of PIP televisions.
New accessibility features make it easier to use magnification and voice functions. Deep Color enables applications to render richer visual content with more vibrant colors.
There is a new Auto fill feature that works like a native password manager. It’s capable of storing login information to get you into your favorite apps much faster.
Notification dots are expected to be an alternative to the annoying mess of cards you get in the notification tray. You now press dots above an app icon to see what’s new and swipe to dismiss.
Integrated printing support will make Mopria-certified printers compatible with Android 8. Users will also now be able to permit the installation of APK’s per source.
You can find more information on these features at the official Android Oreo website. If you we’re thinking about buying an Xperia XA1 Ultra, this news just might sweeten the deal.