Ahead of the Android 8.0 arrival later this year, Sony has reportedly announced the list of smartphones that will get the update. These include most of the smartphones it released this year and last, leaving out a few, like the Sony Xperia XA for example. All of the mentioned smartphones will get Android O, but the timelines for the arrival were not mentioned by Sony.
The list of smartphones to get the Android O update, as reported by Gazyekichi, includes Sony Xperia X Performance, the Sony Xperia XZ. the Sony Xperia XZs, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Sony Xperia X, the Sony Xperia X Compact, the Sony Xperia XA1, the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra, and the Sony Xperia L1. All those not mentioned in the list will unfortunately not receive the Android 8.0 update.
Android O is expected to arrive with many new features. The name of the next update has not yet been unveiled, but some predictions have been flying around. Inside the internal source code, it was found that it could be called “Oatmeal Cookie”, however some rumours have it as “Oreo”.
For fluid experiences in Android O, Google has introduced features like picture-in-picture, autofill with Google, smart text selection, notification dots, and more. With smart text selection, the phone is context aware, so if you select a phone number, it’ll give you the option to call it; if you tap on an address, you’ll be able to get directions instead. Notification dots meanwhile are used to inform users about activity in the app. With this you will know about pending notifications by looking at the app icon.
All of this and more is expected to arrive with the Android O update on the mentioned smartphones, but it could be while before this happens. The first smartphones to get it will be the Pixel and Nexus compatible smartphones, followed by the now rumoured Nokia 8.