Sony has been on a sort of roll with OS updates, bringing Android 7.1.1 Nougat to their handsets before any other OEM. As I’m sure many of you will point out though, for every device that does have the latest OS, there are a handful of Xperia units with a much older OS on them like the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z3+. The reason? Prioritizing user experience.
We’re still working on the inconsistencies in Nougat for Z5, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet – priority is user experience. Will re-commence rollout ASAP.
— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) January 23, 2017
With a lot of major changes to the underpinning of Android, I’m rather glad Sony isn’t playing fast and loose with firmware updates and is actively working on them. Unlike years before where Sony was simply months behind, from all the little birdies I’ve spoken to, the company is internally very aware and up-to-date on working with the latest Google has to offer as soon as it’s made available to them. From there, a handful of people have taken it to heart to ensure the best possible release instead of pushing out the build and working out the kinks as they pop up.