Sony releases Android 12 for the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III


After the release of the stable version of Android 12 In October, all major OEMs got to work to release the update for their devices as soon as possible. Also Sony, although it was not among the fastest, it has started the release of the latest version of the green robot for its own Xperia 1 III (our review here) And Xperia 5 III.

Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III receive the latest version of Android, but …

The two third-generation smartphones have started receiving the update in the stable channel, signed by the version 61.1.A.1.149. It is unclear what new features the update introduces as the change log has not yet been identified, but the new build should introduce all the new features of Android 12 such as Material You, the new privacy dashboard and all the other news that we have come to know over the last few months. In any case, Sony has published a generic page on its website relating to the latest version of the robot with the features just introduced (reachable at this link). However, the Japanese giant, did not update the kernel source repository with those of Android 12 for its 2021 flagships.

It should be noted that the update does not include the latest security patches but rather those of December 2021, probably due to some bugs that arose during development that delayed its release. Also, at the time of writing, the only two devices that are receiving the OTA are the dual-sim variants of the Xperia 1 III (XQ-BC72) and Xperia 5 III (XQ-BQ72) in Russia. There is no adequate roadmap from Sony on the global rollout plan, so we should wait and see if other regions receive the Android 12 update in the next few days.

In case you do not want to wait for the notification, you can always force the search for the update by going to the Settings and then in the Software update section. For the more experienced, it is possible to download the firmware manually using the tool XperiFirm by XDA senior member IgorEisberg, and flash it using Flashtool or Newflasher.

Do you own a Sony device? Are you happy with the update situation? Let us know with a comment.

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