Good news for Sony Xperia owners as Google confirms Android 9 Pie rollout

Android 9 Pie was officially unveiled by Google last week with Pixel devices and the Essential Phone receiving the software upgrade first.

Android 9 Pie brings a slew of new functionality that range from small tweaks making things more useful to dramatic alterations that can enhance vital aspects of a smartphone such as battery life.

Gesture controls are one of Android 9 Pie’s biggest additions – the new feature will remove the signature three button combination at the bottom of a device in favour of a single home button.

The new home button is capable of registering gestures, meaning users can navigate across their device with the flick of a finger.

Google explained it felt such a design choice was necessary as smartphone manufacturers continue to remove bezels and introduce bigger displays.

The tech giant said: “Making your phone smarter and more adaptive is important, but we also want Android to be easier to use and more approachable.

“In Android 9, we’ve introduced a new system navigation featuring a single home button.

“This is especially helpful as phones grow taller and it’s more difficult to get things done on your phone with one hand.

“With a single, clean home button, you can swipe up to see a newly designed Overview, the spot where at a glance you have full-screen previews of your recently used apps.”

As it officially announced the newest iteration of Android 9 Pie, Google declared devices that took part in the beta for the software would receive the upgrade “by the end of this fall”.

Hardware from manufacturers such as Sony, Xiaomi and OnePlus were included in the list from the tech giant.

Now it appears Sony Xperia owners have been given a more firm rollout window for Android 9 Pie.

According to GizChina, Sony has confirmed a range of its Xperia hardware will be getting the software upgrade starting in September.

The Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact, and Xperia XZ Premium are set to receive Android 9 Pie.

Although updates will start next month, they will carry on until November for certain devices, the publication added.

HTC has also confirmed its hardware will be getting the highly-anticipated upgrade.

The Taiwanese firm tweeted: “We’re pleased as pie to confirm updates to Android Pie for the HTC U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 life (Android One).

“Timeframes for roll-out will be announced in due course.

“We can’t wait to know what you think of Google’s freshest slice of Android!”

In addition to gesture controls, Android 9 Pie also brings Adaptive Battery, a feature designed to optimise how power is distributed around a smartphone based on app usage.

Google’s clever algorithms will cut power from applications that are not being used and prioritise those that are used more often.

Android 9 Pie also touts support for controversial notches, meaning content should be more greatly optimised for phones that have them.