Sony Confirms Android 11 Update Plans For 2020/21

Sony has confirmed that a bunch of its Sony Xperia phones will be getting Android 11…

If you’re running a Sony phone, good news! Sony has confirmed exactly which of its Xperia smartphones will be getting Android 11 and when. Here’s the official roadmap for Android 11 direct from Sony:

Sony Phones That Are Getting Android 11 Update

  • Xperia 1 II: from December 2020
  • Xperia 5 II: from the end of January 2021
  • Xperia 10 II: from the end of January 2021
  • Xperia 1: from February 2021
  • Xperia 5: from February 2021

Sony Xperia Android 11 Update

As you can see, most of Sony’s phones – save for the Xperia 1 II – will be getting Android 11 in 2021. That’s the bad news. The good news is all of Sony’s most recent Android smartphones will be running Android 11 by the end of February.

That’s not ideal, of course, especially since Android 11 has now been out for a good couple of months. Still, at least Sony is making the effort. And when you see its current market share, it is heartening to see the company pushing on with its mobile plans.

Here’s an overview of what Sony Xperia users can expect from Sony’s Android 11 update, according to Sony:

  • Chat management in one place. Important conversations with friends and family in different apps can be viewed on the lock screen.
  • Conversation bubbles. Conversations from any messenger app (provided the function is supported by the app) can now be pinned to the screen so that they can always be seen over all screen contents and can be used even better when multitasking.
  • Screen recording. The recording of the screen in the form of a video is now supported directly in Android 11 and no longer has to be activated via a separate app.
  • One app for all smart devices. Smart devices in the household such as heating, light or security systems can be controlled via an integrated app that opens automatically with a long press on the power button.
  • Audio selection. Quick setup to control media playback. Simply switch from headphones to speakers with the push of a button so that no sound is missed.
  • Voice control. Faster and easier access to apps thanks to intuitive voice commands – even without an internet connection.
  • More security . Additional security and privacy updates are sent automatically and directly from Google Play to the Xperia smartphone, so that the latest protection measures are always installed.
  • Easier access authorization for apps. Which applications are allowed to access confidential data and which are not can now be conveniently regulated using a one-time authorization. For applications that have not been used for a long time, all authorizations are automatically reset.

As of right now, we know what Samsung’s plans are for Android 11. And RealMe. Google Pixel phones already have the update, obviously. And we know that Nokia will be pumping out the Android 11 update fairly soon too.

Not too many people are rocking Sony phones these days, and that’s a real shame: the company’s most recent output, especially the Sony Xperia 1 II, has been really strong.

And who knows, with the rise of 5G and a new console on the way, in the form of the PS5, perhaps the Sony smartphone brand isn’t quite dead after all?

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin is a leading UK technology journalist with a focus on consumer tech trends and data security. Renowned for his insightful analysis, Richard has contributed to Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, and CNBC, making complex tech issues accessible to a broad audience.

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