Sony Mobile has today announced that the company’s Concept for Android software, which we love by the way, will now be heading to Xperia X owners in Europe. Sony’s Concept software enables the Xperia developer teams to push the latest and, sometimes, experimental features to users and to get feedback from the passionate community.
Don’t assume that you will just get buggy software though. What we loved about the Concept for the Xperia Z3 is how stable the software was and with good battery life too. The developer team has been very open with the community, engaging regularly. Other positives included regular firmware releases with the latest security releases and detailed changelogs – this is something we hope will extend to Sony’s normal software rollout at some point.
Xperia X users will get to play with Concept for Android 7.0 Nougat, which is a great incentive to sign up. Sony says that the Concept will also include a sneak-peek at some of the latest features that will be part of future Xperia products. Users on the Concept software have the choice between receiving software on a stable track (around once a month) and on an experimental track (as often as once a week). This preference can be chosen through the inTouch application settings.
Unfortunately, this also means that Concept releases for the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact will likely come to an end, mainly due to the fact that the handset will not be updating to Android Nougat.
Who is the new Concept for Android for?
The Xperia X Android Concept will only be available to owners of the single SIM Xperia X variant (F5121). Right now, it is also only available to those in Europe, although this may change in the future.
How can I sign up?
Head over to the Google Play Store, download the “Concept Installer” application and follow the steps. Once you have registered in the app, you will receive a software update notification (usually within 24 hours), enabling you to install the new Concept software on your device. You can find more details here.
NOTE: You will lose all data, so make sure you backup anything you want to keep.
You can get a discount on an Xperia X if you were part of the Xperia Z3 Concept
Good news, if you were part of the Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact Concept programme and had signed up to the inTouch feedback app before the 22 September 2016, then Sony is offering you a 20% discount on the price of a new Xperia X through the Sony Mobile Store in Europe.
To order, had over to the Sony Mobile Store and purchase your phone as normal. Then enter your Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact IMEI number into the voucher code. This should automatically apply the discount.
Terms and conditions: The discount will only be available until the end of 2016. The discount is available in the following countries: UK/FR/DE/ES/PT/IT/NL/PL/CZ/SE/DK/NO/FI
Via Sony Mobile Blog.
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