Last week the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact got their Android Pie serving and today the company announced that it’s about to add more phones to the list.
A trio of former flagships will receive Pie starting October 26 – the Xperia XZ Premium, the Xperia XZ1, and the Xperia XZ1 Compact.
Ten days later the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium will get to join the fun.
Sony said the Xperia XA2, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, and the Xperia XA2 Plus are also bound to receive Android 9 Pie, but owners of the mid-range devices have to wait until March 4, 2019. Until then we are likely to see Xperia XA3 series being announced at CES in Las Vegas or at MWC in Barcelona with the latest Android OS out of the box.
Rumors about the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra started coming in a few months ago but we got a clear look at both just this month revealing a dual-camera setup on the back and fairly thin bezels all-around. Today’s renders come from a Chinese case maker that also confirms that both handsets will offer dual cameras.
Xperia XA3 Ultra • Xperia XA3
There are a couple of listings on AliExpress for cases for the phones, suggesting that their launch may not be too far now. Of course, cases makers only have dimensions and places of functional elements to work with so the design might be slightly different. We hope to hear more about those two soon enough.
Sony’s PlayStation Classic will be out on December 3, massively playing the nostalgia card. The console was unveiled last month, but only a few games were teased for it at that time.
Thankfully, today Sony has come out and shared the entire list of 20 games that will come pre-loaded on the PSC. Here they are:
Battle Arena Toshinden
Cool Boarders 2
Final Fantasy VII
Grand Theft Auto
Metal Gear Solid
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Resident Evil Director’s Cut
Ridge Racer Type 4
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
So there’s clearly a little bit for everyone in there, including legendary titles like Metal Gear Solid, Cool Boarders 2, Twisted Metal, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, and Rayman.
Sony’s mobile business cannot catch a break – last quarter it published its financial report, revealing only 2 million phones sold between April and June. The July-September numbers are out, and they are even less impressive – just 1.6 million, which is half the sales this time last year.
In term of revenue the numbers are down from JPY172 billion to JPY117.8 billion, with an operating loss of JPY29.8 billion, half of it due to an impairment charge against long-lived assets.
Sony Mobile Communications financial results
During the past quarter, Sony saw decreased sales mainly in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The yearly forecast in July was that the end of the fiscal year would see 9 million phones sold, but the latest report changed the amount to just 7 million.
Smartphone business aside, the Japanese giant is very well. The company’s operating profit expectations rose to JPY870 billion ($7.72 billion) up from the prior forecast of JPY670 billion. The growth was driven by the semiconductor business and the PlayStation division. Another bonus is the one-time accounting gain from Sony Music purchasing EMI Music Publishing.
Shortly after the Xperia XZ2 lineup got the Android 9.0 Pie treatment, the company promisedto do the same with its older XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium until October 26. Well, about two weeks later, the three handsets are finally getting the much-needed upgrade.
Today, users report that they are getting the OTA update on their handsets pushing the build number to 47.2.A.0.306 and we hope that it was worth the wait, all bugs were squashed and no major issues would arise.
The OTA not only updates the OS but also bumps up the security patch to October 1 and Sony’s new camera interface with some cool features such as 1080p@960fps and HDR video modes. And keep in mind that for some reason, Sony isn’t adopting the Pie navigation gestures so you are stuck with the software buttons like it or not.
The rollout appears to be region-based so you might have to wait a few days before it hits your device.
A month has passed since we saw the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium on Geekbench running Android 9.0 Pie and now the update is finally rolling out.
Screenshots from the System update menu
The build number of the new software is 52.0.A.3.84 and interestingly enough, it’s just 210MB big. Like the other Xperia phones that got the update last week, the XZ2 Premium won’t be getting the gesture-based navigation that usually comes with the Pie, but you can benefit from Xperia XZ3’s camera UI. Supposedly, it can also improve the overall camera quality.
For now, we don’t know what regions are getting the update, but if all goes smoothly it should go global pretty quickly.