Sony has announced that they will be giving their Xperia XA1 devices a much-needed update by upgrading them to Android 8.0 Oreo. This is a great reason for a lot of Xperia XA1 owners to rejoice because it has been something in the pipeline for quite some time now. Sony as a company is known for working on higher budget devices first and then moving down to their mid-budget ones.
The Xperia XA1 and XA1 ultra were released in early 2017 with a decent octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor. There were two variants namely, 3GB Ram with 32 GB storage and 4GB Ram with 32/64 GB storage respectively. As far as display size goes, the XA1 had a 5 inch 720p screen whereas the Ultra had a 6-inch 1080p screen. At that time, such a configuration was considered somewhat impressive especially with the 23 MP back camera. But technology moves so fast in today’s world and it’s essential to update or upgrade device software so that users can keep up without having to buy a new device every year. Unfortunately, both these devices were kept on the backburner until now.
The Android 8.0 Oreo has been well known for bringing several great and convenient features to smartphones. It has faster booting speed while powering up and also helps to minimize background activity significantly. It also allows you to see two apps at the same time which is a pretty useful feature to have. Apart from these, several other useful UI and visual tweaks were also made possible with this version. All in all, it has been loved by people due to the large array of practical features it brought to the user experience.
According to the Xperia blog, many users have already received confirmation about the upgrade and most of the reactions have been very positive so far. The Xperia XA1 devices so far were using the Android 7.0 version (48.0.A.1.131) but now it has been upgraded to Android 8 (48.1.A.0.116). The 5 February Android security patch has also been included in the recent update which is pretty great and required. One of the key elements in the patch was the fix on a critical security vulnerability in the media framework that before had allowed remote users to gain unwanted privileges.
Users can go visit the Sony support website to see which all devices will be getting updates.