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Sony finally clarifies which of its phones will get Pie – and when

There's some good news and there's some bad news.

Published onAugust 16, 2018

The Sony logo at MWC 2018.
  • Sony posted a blog post today to clarify which of its devices will get Android 9.0 Pie.
  • Nine of Sony’s devices will get the latest version of Android starting in November.
  • However, three of those devices won’t see the update until early 2019.

Last week, we got word from a usually-reliable source that six Sony Xperia devices would start to get Android 9.0 Pie in September, with the final device receiving the update in November.

However, it later came to light – from Sony itself – that this schedule was not official and that the list of devices and the timeline could be very different from the leaked info.

Today, we finally have official word from Sony on which of its devices will see Android 9.0 Pie and the schedule for that rollout.

The good news is that the original six devices are still getting some tasty Pie goodness, and the even better news is that three additional devices will see the update, too. The full list is here:

There is some bad news, though, which is that the leaked rollout date of September was not to be. According to Sony, the Pie rollout will begin in November for the XZ devices listed above, and the XA2 devices will see Android 9 in “early 2019.”

Android 9 Pie update tracker: When will your phone get it? (Updated May 10)
Pixel 3a Android P

The official blog post that Sony used to announce this info also includes an elaborate infographic that details the many steps involved to roll out an Android software update. I can only assume that Sony included the graphic to explain why its Android rollouts take as long as they do. However, Sony has had access to Android 9.0 Pie for just as long as Essential and the Essential Phone got an Android update the same day Pie launched.

Obviously, not everyone can be as fast as Essential – considering it only has one phone to work on – but that company is proving that Android updates don’t need the months it sometimes takes to see a release.

Regardless, the infographic is below. Let us know in the comments what you think about this news!