Android 10 for Xperia 1 and XZ2 Premium : Release and Features

The Xperia 1 is a flagship smartphone from Sony, released in March, 2019, with pre-installed Android 9 Pie. The Xperia XZ2 Premium is another flagship released in April, 2018, came with Android Oreo and received the Pie update. Android 10 is the next major update for these flagship devices.

Google released the first Beta of Android 10 Q on March 13th for Pixel devices. Later, the third beta came in May at I/O 2019 for various flagships along with Pixel series. In Sony flagships, Xperia XZ3 received the third beta.

According to the official blog, the final version will arrive in Q3 of 2019. So obviously, in the last week of August or first week of September, the Android 10 update will arrive, according to tech analysts. As Google announced, there is no codename for the tenth anniversary edition, to remove confusion. So we won’t see any codenames for future android releases.

Android 10 Release dates for Xperia 1 and XZ2 Premium :

Since, Xperia 1 is the latest flagship, the Japanese tech giant may begin the Android 10 rollout with Xperia 1 or XZ3.

Previously, Google released the Android 9 update on August 6th and nearly after 67 days Sony began the rollout of Pie with Xperia XZ2, on October 12th. However, this time Sony may rollout the update sooner because of Project Treble. According to tech analysts, the rollout of Android 10 may begin for Xperia 1 in the last-week of October or first week of November, 2019.

The rollout of Android 10 for Xperia XZ2 Premium might start in late-November, 2019. The official rollout schedule will be posted here, as soon as Sony has announced them.

Update on 8/1/2020 :

Sony started the rollout of the Android 10 update for XZ2 Premium flagship on 5th, January, as told earlier. The XZ2 Premium owners in Northern and Central Europe, the Baltics, Russia, some parts of Asia and the US (unlocked) are currently receiving the update. The version number of the update is 52.1.A.0.532 and weighs about 730MB to download. Users can check manually for update by going into Settings> System> System Update. However, users can even try to download the update using tools like XperiFirm on Desktop.

The update includes all the standard goodies of stock Android 10 except the new Gesture navigation. Sony hasn’t updated the its own launcher yet, but users may receive it in the next patch update. Many users reported that their battery life improved considerably after updating to Android 10.

Update on 16/11/2019 :

Sony announces the official rollout schedule of Android 10 for its flagships through the official blog. Sony was one of the first OEMs to rollout the Pie update previously and also rolledout the Android Q beta for XZ3. However, the latest roadmap points towards delays in the rollout of Android 10. The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are scheduled to get the update in December 2019 and the remaining flagships including XZ2 Premium will get in early 2020.

So we expect that the rollout for Xperia XZ2 Premium may begin soon after Xperia 1, most likely in late-January or early-February. Unsurprisingly, the update devices list doesn’t contain XZ1 which was launched August 2017 with pre-installed Android 8 Oreo. The device received only one major update and the users expected that they will get another major update. However, the device may get included in the list later.
Update on 6/12/2019 :

Android 10 rollout xperia 1

The Japanese tech giant starts the rollout of Android 10 for Xperia 1 and 5 as it said earlier. Currently the rollout is progressing in a staged manner in the US and Europe according to the reports from users in Reddit. The version number of this update is v55.1A.0.748 and comes with the Security patch upto November only. However, it causes some issues in a handful of devices by disabling mobile data and calls after installing.

We hope Sony will address these bugs in the next phase of rollout or through a patch update. Those who haven’t get the update notification yet, can try installing the update manually by using tools like XperiFirm and manual flashing. But we recommend to hold for some time and OTA notification will appear. The Xperia 10 users will get the update in Early 2020 as said earlier.

Android 10 logo

Android 10 : New Features and Refinements

The tenth anniversary edition of Android comes with many elegant and awesome features. Some of the key features of Android 10 include tightened Location sharing, app permissions, native Dark theme, native support for 5G and desktop mode, Bubble multitasking, Focus mode and Parental controls for Digital well being and so on.

The last beta came with final system behaviours, fixes for some glitches in dark theme and redesigned Quick settings. Now we will digg into Android 10 prime features.

Android 10 Dark mode

Android 10 dark mode

Dark theme is one of the most requested features and now Google released the full system-wide dark theme. Google released partial dark mode for Quick Settings and some elements with the Android 9 update. Now with Android 10, Xperia 1 and XZ2 Premium users can experience system-wide dark theme with dark themed Google apps.

Dark mode not only reduce eye strain but also decrease battery consumption and improve battery life. Android 10 automatically applies dark theme for any third-party apps or enables the app’s native dark mode designed by developer. So user don’t need to enable dark mode again in third-party apps. More details about the dark theme in next major update will be revealed soon.

Full Gesture navigation with Back sensitivity

Gesture navigation was introduced in 2018 with the Android Pie update and now the Search giant refined it further in Android 10. Google reduced the home button size to a small bar which appears at the bottom of the screen, so that users can enjoy more screen real estate while watching YouTube and browsing Web.

Users can customize Gesture navigation in the Settings menu and even adjust back gesture sensitivity. Tapping on thr gear icon against the Gesture navigation option, a slider for back sensitivity appears. High back sensitivity conflicts with other gestures using at the edge of display. More refinements to Gesture navigation will come in upcoming android updates.

Focus mode and Parental controls

Last year, Google released the Digital Wellbeing along with the Android Pie update. Now Android 10 is coming with refined Digital wellbeing with Focus mode and Parental controls. Parental controls feature helps to restrict phone usage by children. Users can set screen on time, app usage time and lock some apps for their children.

The Focus mode is another great addition for Digital Wellbeing which helps to limit distractions while working on improtant things on Android phone. Notifications from selected apps won’t appear till user turnsoff the focus mode throught the created shortcut or Quick Settings toggle.

Support for TLS 1.3

TLS 1.3 is the newer security protocol for HTTPS which was finalized long time ago and popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Edge adopted it recently. Now the latest Android update came with native support for TLS 1.3. TLS 1.3 protocol uses the zero-roundtrip-time feature to reduce latency in HTTPS and also employs better security measures. So Xperia 1 and XZ2 Premium users can enjoy more secure and faster app experience after updating Android 10.

Bubbles for Multi-tasking

Android 10 bubbles

In Android 7.0, 8.0 and 9, Google brought many remarkable multi-tasking features like Splitscreen, Picture in Picture mode etc. The Android 10 update came with another feature called Bubbles to take multi-tasking experience to next level. Using the Bubbles feature users can reply to messages in Social media apps directly from home screen without even launching the app. So the Xperia XZ2 Premium and Xperia 1 users can browse web or watch videos while replying to messages in Bubbles. The feature works similar to Facebook’s Chat heads feature.

Update on 5/9/2019 :

Android 10 droid

Google releases the Android 10 update for Pixel devices on September 3rd and the OTA rollout has been in progress. Yesterday, the search giant pushed out the Android 10 Source code into AOSP, so that developers can grab the source and build custom roms. Essential starts the rollout for PH-1 very soon after Google started OTA. The rollout for One Plus 7 and 7 Pro flagships also begins few hours later.

Sony hasn’t announced any thing about Android 10 rollout for its flagships, but we expect the tech giant will announce its rollout plans soon.