Sony’s begun seeding the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance, according to Xperia Blog. The upgrade bears the build number 41.2.A.2.199 for both.
To recall, the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance were launched last year running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony later issued the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the latter in November 2016. The two are now one of the first non-Google phones to be getting upgraded to version 7.1.1 of the OS, joining the likes of the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Android 7.1.1 initially came out in December 2016 and introduces a number of nifty features which were Pixel-only at first. Owners of the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance now have access to a larger library of emoji that promote gender equality and the ability to directly send GIFs from keyboards in supported apps like Allo and Google Messenger.
The latest version of Nougat further adds the app shortcuts functionality to the home screen. However, it seems this will only work on the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance with a compatible app launcher since the Xperia Home launcher doesn’t support this feature right now.
App shortcuts lets individuals bring a bit of 3D Touch into their life, presenting them with a list of actions after they press down on an app icon. Other than software changes, Sony has also bundled in the Android security patch for the month of April.
You can download the FTF firmware files for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance via Xperia Blog.