Sony has become the first third-party smartphone maker to release an over-the-air Android 7.1.1 Nougat update to one of its devices. The Concept team has released the build to owners of the Xperia X phone who have signed on to get updates on the Experimental track.

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November 8, 2016

According to Xperia Blog, the build number for this update 38.3.A.0.41. In addition to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, this new release has the December 2016 Android security updates. Plus, it has a few small extra features, such as a new restart option in the power off menu, a faster camera start-up time, and most importantly support for Remote Play for people who also own the PlayStation 4 console. That means you should be able to play your PS4 games on the phone, although this early build does not support the console’s DualShock controller.

Again, this build is just for Xperia X owners who are signed up for the Experimental update track. However, it’s likely that the same Android 7.1.1 Nougat update will soon be available for all owners of the smartphone. If you are one of those lucky Experimental members, what are your thoughts on the new update for the Xperia X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • whoelse

    So Sony released a nightly Rom with tons of bugs in it, just to ‘be the first’ and avoid the tomatoes.

    • JON @segujer

      hahaha it’s very ok as long as it’s in beta, living up to the promise…..
      let uncle Sony go on

    • skec

      So I presume you have tested it and found tons of bugs. On the other hand I don’t think so. You just typed a comment without a first clue what you are talking about.

      Only “mistake” they make is calling it experimental. ROM is fast, bloat free and funny thing, there are no bugs. But as they will probably release it to the “stable ” track before many other OEMs that should be corrected too.
      One more thing, it’s not a beta.

      I can understand that info can provide various emotions for sensitive users , but it can’t hurt to do some investigative work before writing can it ?

  • JON @segujer

    all Z5 variants left out of this???? 😯