Android 11 for Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II : Release Date and Features
The Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II phones from Sony are the successors of Xperia 1 and Xperia 10. The second generation devices from Sony hit the shelves in May, 2020 with pre-installed Android 10 OS. The first and next major update for these devices is Android 11 R.
Google ended the tradition of naming Android updates with famous desserts not long ago and announced that the next update will be called as Android 11 only without any codename. The Search giant began the release of early builds of Android 11 in March and the final beta arrived on August 6th. The official version of Android 11 is about to come in early-September.
When will Android 11 hit the Second gen. Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 ?
The Japanese tech giant released the binaries of Android 11 for Xperia 10 II, few days ago. The custom rom developers can download software binaries from the official website and cook their own roms. Sony hasn’t commented yet about which phones are going to receive the official Android 11 update and probable rollout dates. But we can predict the rollout schedule based on previous update rollouts.
Sony pushed out the Android 1 update for Xperia 1 and 5 flagships on December 5th, 2020, taking about 92 days to cook the update after the official release by Google. However, due to latest optimizations by both Google and Sony, we hope this time the Second gen. Xperia 1 and 10 devices will get Android 11 sooner than 90 days from the official release.
Most likely, the Japanese tech giant will start the rollout in mid or late November 2020 for the Xperia 1 II flagship users. The Xperia 10 II users might have to wait until the end of Q1 of 2021 to get the taste of official Android 11 update.
We will post the official rollout dates here as soon as Sony announces them.
Android 11 Exclusive Features
It seems that Android 11 is just an incremental update over Android 10 and contains no major new features except new music player, Screen recording. But the update includes many under the hood refinements of the features introduced in earlier android versions and more. So let’s dig into the latest Android update :
Bluetooth stays on in Airplane mode
It is very annoying that turning-on airplane mode disconnects from wireless earpods in previous android versions. The Search giant fixed the issue in Android 11, so the Bluetooth will stays on, even after turning-on the Airplane mode, if any music playback over Bluetooth.
Another minor thing is media switcher which is a feature currently in Developer options. The feature is useful to switch between different bluetooth devices and phone speaker for playback. The feature may come into the Settings menu in the final release, according to tech analysts.
Grouped Notifications and Bubbles
The Search giant further improved notifications in the eleventh iteration of Android. The Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II users will see notifications on Android 11 grouped under three headings : Conversations, Alerting and Silent, top to bottom. So instead of chronological order of arrangement in Android 10, notifications are grouped, according to their type in Android 11.
Direct notification bubbles is another awesome feature in the forthcoming update. Users can tap on the shortcut to bubbles icon on the bottom right corner of conversation notification to switch to bubble and give reply instantly without launching the app. Users also able to customize specific conversation notification to set priority or change the sound or set as silent. Just long tap on the notification to access these options.
Scoped storage is one of the big privacy changes coming with Android 11. It is mandatory for developers to design their apps targetting Android 11 to use scoped storage. In scoped storage, a separate folder is assigned for apps and the apps are allowed to access the secure folders only rather than whole phone storage.
The location, camera access for apps is tightened in the upcoming android update. If users granted only one time permission, the app will request every time and cannot access in background. The apps which require location permission in background will have to show another background location request.
Native Screen Recorder
To record screen, in previous android versions, users had to depend on third party apps. However, after updating to Android 11, Xperia 1 II and 10 II users can record the screen using native recorder. The recorder can be found in Quick Settings Tiles and tapping on which starts recording.
The recorder ask for few options before recording, like the user’s taps should be recorded or not and audio recording from external mic or internal. There is not much customization but the native recorder options are enough for most of the users. Google may add more customization options in upcoming android versions.
Update on 15/12/2020 :
Finally, Sony has begun the rollout of Android 11 update to its latest flagship. According to GSMarena report, the Xperia 1 II users in Taiwan received the Android 11 update. The version number of the update is 58.1.A.0.921 and sizes about 933 MB only. The latest update from Sony even includes November month’s Security patch. So the Xperia 1 II users in the States and Europe may also see the Android 11 update notifications very soon.
The update contains some Sony-Exclusive features along with stock Android 11 features. The inhouse features include support for 4K@120fps in Camera Pro, 5G+4G dual standby, New wallpaper, Wi-Fi and hotspot can work simultaneously.
Update on 10/12/2020 :
Sony has revealed the probable rollout dates of Android 11 for its devices. According the official announcement, the first device to receive the eleventh iteration of Android is Xperia 1 II. The latest flagship from Sony is going to get the update somewhere in December, 2020. Most likely, the rollout will happen before the holidays, according to leaksters.
The Xperia 10 II mid-ranger users will receive the update in January 2021, as per the released schedule. However, the rollout dates may differ in terms of regions and carriers.
Update on 18/9/2020 :
The Search Giant pushed out the final edition of Android 11 on September 8th, as rumoured earlier. However, along with Pixel 2, 3, 4 series devices, the famous chinese OEMs, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo also released the beta of Android 11 for their devices. Sony didn’t announce about anything the rollout for its flagships but rumours are saying that Xperia 1 II will get the update along with unannounced Xperia 5 II in late October, according to GSMarena. The Japanese tech giant allegedly going to add support for 120Hz in the Android 11 update for the Second generation Xperia 1.
The official Android 11 update isn’t much differ from the final preview but some features are still buggy, according to Pixel users. Android Auto and Media Control panel in Quick Settings isn’t working right in some Pixel devices. We hope Sony will fix these things in its update.
We will update this post soon with more details about Android 11 for Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II.