Sony is one of the largest tech companies in the world, and the company is also manufacturing smartphones under their Sony Mobile branch. Sony’s handsets are not exactly selling as well as the company would like them to, and it seems like Sony is doing their best to change that. The company had introduced some interesting smartphones this year, and the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ are the most powerful ones. Sony had actually started rolling out the Android 7.0 Nougat update to these two smartphones quite recently, and it seems like they are is adamant to keep updating their devices as fast as they can.
This Japan-based company is actually aiming to become the first third-party smartphone manufacturer to roll out the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to their devices, according to the company’s Xperia Concept development team, they actually claim this is their first priority. "If you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes!" said the Xperia Concept Development Team. The Android 7.1.1 Nougat source code has been available for a while now, and the company is waiting for the application suite (GMS apps) and the Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) from Google. Now, the Android 7.1.1 Nougat is not a huge update compared to the Android 7.0 Nougat (which brought a ton of new features compared to Android 6.0 Marshmallow), not by any means, but it sure is a worthy addition which comes with several new features.
Android 7.1.1 Nougat brings the ability to send animated GIFs directly from the keyboard, only in supported apps though. In addition to that, the update brings the restart option in the power menu, and the image keyboard support. These are only some changes compared to the Android 7.0 Nougat, and we’re still not sure how will they translate to Sony’s Android skin, we’ll have to wait and see. As it’s the case with other smartphone manufacturers that develop their very own Android skin, it is possible Sony plans to include some other features with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, of course. In any case, stay tuned, we’ll report back as soon as the company releases more info regarding this update.