Sony’s decision to cancel its Concept for Android program is disappointing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company won’t still put out a developer preview of Android O before the official release from Google. Previews aside, Sony is actually getting better at updating its devices to new versions of Android, which is especially noteworthy because there are still a lot of them.
For the Sony Android 8.0 update we’d expect the Xperia XZ Premium to be at the top of the list. There’s a very real possibility that Sony could have a new flagship in time for IFA, just like LG and Samsung, but it’s pretty unlikely it would ship with Android O on board.
The Sony Nougat update first landed on the Xperia X Performance 99 days after Google released it, with the Xperia XZ update coming one day later. What’s perhaps more important though, is that Sony then pushed the Nougat update to even more current devices in the coming weeks, something that can’t be said of all OEMs after they get their first device over the line.
This a vast improvement over the Marshmallow update, which took five months to arrive for the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+. Sony was admittedly going through a tough period at the time, so lets’ hope the company’s Nougat performance is more indicative of the new Sony approach to updates.
With this in mind, we could see the first Sony Android 8.0 update a little over three months following its official release. That puts it somewhere in the vicinity of November or December. One thing to keep in mind here is that Sony isn’t as weighed down by carrier delays as other manufacturers in the US – unfortunately because none of them seem to want to have anything to do with Sony.
Best case scenario: 3-3.5 months after Android 8.0 arrives (November/December 2017)