Xperia XZ1 update rolling with March 2018 security patch (47.1.A.12.119)

by XB on 14th March 2018

in Firmware, Xperia XZ series

A new firmware update has been released for the Xperia XZ1, which moves the build number from 47.1.A.12.75 to version 47.1.A.12.119. The latest update adds the 1 March 2018 Android security patch. The Xperia XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium are due to receive the same update, and should see it rolling very shortly. It is too early to say whether the GPS icon bug has been fixed in this firmware, but if you’ve updated let us know your impressions in the comments below.

Thanks Jenge, Kaarthikeyan, PPG, PramodKumawat19, walaspancha!

  • Bulitz

    I just got it this morning, March 1, 2018 security update.

  • fried_egg

    I would like to see an improvement to the camera in darker settings (like a party in a pub) – and I wish someone would fix what I believe is a Oreo issue with wifi going “x” a lot and thus disconnecting RCS & Whatsapp type services.

  • Jenge Engelbrecht

    It looks like the GPS icon has been fixed.

  • Eduardo Otero

    Would you like to tell me what does that R icon between sign and batery level mean?

  • Eduardo Otero

    By the way Xperia X Compact has started to get an update with build number 34.4.A.2.32


    May be Roaming area status

  • Amir Oraby

    What’s the GPS icon bug?

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Yes, the phone is in roaming

  • Jon

    march security patch?

  • Two updates in two days for me! On a roll. For some reason the previous updates hadn’t flowed to my device. Received the Feb security updates yesterday after sitting on the August level for several months and March today. I’m back on the same schedule as everyone else. Phone is a USA issue.

  • Héctor Rodríguez

    What has been known about the problem of random reboots in the XZ1?

  • razorg

    I was an Apple user from ’11 to ’12. Then a Samsung user from ’12 to ’15 and since then, a Sony user; 3 years with Galaxy Note 2, from its launch in Oct ’12 to the launch of Xperia Z5C in Oct ’15. From all my experiences and observations since, the two companies (Samsung & Sony) have very different approaches towards their update policies. Here’s the summary:

    -Sticks to primary Android versions (example: jumping from 7.0 to 8.0 directly, skipping 7.1.1 in most models)
    -Tries to improve whatever version of Android they have by heavily customising their UI themselves.
    -Provides 2 years of Android version upgrades flagship or not (2 version upgrades usually, but always late)
    -Provides another 1-1.5 years of just security patches.

    -Brings every version to their devices FAST only in FLAGSHIPS (midrangers make version jumps just like Samsung)
    -Has a light but tasty touch to the UI, hence is fast for the delivery.
    -Provides version upgrades usually for around 2 years (drops midrangers sooner than that, SHAME)
    -And once a device gets 2 years old, it’s immediately cut out, and doesn’t even get further critical security patches

    As a person who likes to use a device for at least 3 years, I have mixed feelings. I do not know which one suits me best. Yes I want to get the best possible experience during the time my device is not “deemed” old, but I also want to get only security patches after it gets “old”. I had a great time and satisfaction on my Z5C before it turned 2 years old, however, now feeling vulnerable, without a patch in the past couple months I feel disappointed.

    The flagship Samsung device at the time of Z5 (hence the direct rival) was Galaxy S6. It’s just got February 2018 patches, but is still on 7.0, whereas I’m on 7.1.1 and stuck with September 2017 patch. If you ask me, I’d rather be stuck at 7.0 but have the latest patches, instead of 7.1.1 now. This is Sony’s problem. 2 years of Android version upgrades, and another year of regular security patches, is this too much to ask? I wonder what’s going to happen to X and X Performance, as they are now 2 years old, maybe March update is the last one for them. If that is the case, we’ll know that Sony does not intend to change their mentality, even a bit…

  • Roger Ahlgren

    Starting to wonder if Customized GEL Oreo for the Compact is still coming – stuck at 7.1.1.

  • Lam Mbang

    Already read Xperia xz2 review in GSMarena, wondering about the low light result that was amazing..i dont know whether it cause of the new algorithm or the new processor…i really hope sony give this result to XZ1 and XZ Premium …

  • Utsav Shah

    Indeed The Noise levels are impressive up to ISO1600. For some reason I thought it had a new f1.8 aperture lens. So if everything is same here as xz1, should I expect similar image quality at some point?

  • Eduardo Otero

    It’s so extrange that they have almost 3 months without releasing updates since they were the first to update .

  • Eduardo Otero

    It should be.

  • Hristo Dimitrov

    I’m kind of wondering weather the xz1c will get 8.1 at all?

  • hansip

    the update provides smoother UI imo than the 75. but my phone is ran with Tasker and AutoInput so the lag was apparent then. Now it’s speedier. Recommended.

  • Vlado

    Update with March 1, 2018 security patch is rolling out for Xperia X as well.

  • i suppose the snapdragon 845 ISP helps with the processing too, so not very likely to see it backported to our XZ1

  • KzX

    Which Samsung mid range device receive 2 major Android update?

  • razorg

    Original A series were shipped with 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. They got 5.0.1 Lollipop and EOL’ed with 6.0.1.

    2016 A Series were launced with 5.1.1 Lollipop, got 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and now they’ll reach EOL with the current 7.0 Nougat.

    2017 A Series were launced with 6.0.1 Marshmallow, theyretnow running on 7.0 Nougat, and will receive 8.0 Oreo close to the time S7 gets it.

  • hansip

    don’t know bout you but i don’t have any issue with patch status on my phone. It’s like if i get one, then that’s great, even if it is stopped i don’t do anything dangerous and clicking malicious link on that ‘incognito’ site. I’d rather have the latest Android than patch thank you.

    It’s like you have a dress and whenever you find weak points, you patch them all over. that doesn’t make a pretty dress don’t you think? I’d rather wear it carefully rather than stretching my arms just to torn them apart, to prove it’s vulnerable. or another way, be done with it and get a new dress.

  • hansip

    if any advanced developer could write override code so the processing is given to 835 ISP, then people will unlock their bootloader for sure :p unfortunately it’s just a pipe dream..

  • razorg

    Dude, if this was a cheap as* phone brand I’d not be complaining. But I paid ~£450 at the launch, and for the same price, the rival phones that I could’ve got are getting a better service ON THE LONG RUN. OK Sony’s had some other advantages, but right now, I am not getting the support I thought I could get in the first place. What Sony is telling me right now is to dump my still well functioning device and get “another Sony” for a secure software support, and 2 years later they’ll tell me to dump XZ2 and get XZ4 etc… this is what’s bugging me… Google somehow got their strings around Samsung’s neck, and they’ve been collaborating so well in terms of security patches, they dontd let Samsung cut their devices away so soon. Why doesn’t Sony do so as well? Their UI implementation is so light, it wouldn’t even cost them the time/effort Samsung consumes for their heavily customised devices, yet Samsung is doing it….

  • hansip

    1. Nobody foces you to buy at launch price, knowing Sony is always fast to drop their price compared to Samsung.
    2. Are you sure on the “Long Run” part and “Samsung doing it”? More like not hearing anymore update on other phone brand. Jump over the fence and you’ll see people complaining like you did.
    3. Sony doesn’t tell you to dump for secure software support, yourself who wants that. The device works as it should. Unless i heard major security breach like Spectre and Meltdown, i simply don’t care for software patch update (Even then i wish to not have Spectre patch if able, so my phone can run faster).

    Of course i understand that your concern is security. But if you really really really care about that, might as well buy a Blackberry with its own security mechanism. don’t depend on Google, who shares your private data already without you knowing.

    Let’s be honest, what kind of security breach do you REALLY have ISSUE so far in Android world? As far as i recall, none. Have you ever heard any Samsung user which their phone is still on September patch level getting hit by hackers just because they don’t get the update? As far as i can hear, nope..

  • Roger Ahlgren

    I don’t understand it either. Customized GEL Oreo for the X was released on the first day, but still nothing for the Compact. I may have to flash another region.

  • razorg

    1 – It’s not about forcing, it’s about treating their loyal customers like sh*t, who went to the shops running the first day to buy their devices whatever the price, after a measly 18-24 months.

    2 – I am an old Samsung user, so I know exactly what’s what, but apparently you do not like to give credit where it’s due, “because it’s Samsungggg”. Is that name your Kryptonite or something? Can’t stand when the average clever student in the class gets at least one thing right once in a while? Are you one of those people?

    3 – Well, Google is doing all those things for NOTHING then? Is this what you are telling me? “C’mon everyone, we’re all going to hold a protest in front of Google headquarters to tell them their monthly patching procedure is NOT necessary and NOT welcome!” Is this it? Or is Sony somehow different from all other Android OEMs and their customers are immune to these bugs or do they not require such services? IT’S THE SAME OS, man. If the BOSS Google is doing it, everyone should do it. And in fact, Sony is doing it, with a hitch:

    Every Google device gets minimum 2 years of Android version upgrades, plus another year with just Security patches and without any further version upgrades. Sony is doing well regarding this, if you start the device list from Xperia X. Z5 is just 3-4 months older than it! I do not see justice here…

    If the boss himself is doing what I stated above, and a couple other OEMs (I’m not going to utter the S word, as you get freaked out), then it is also the way Sony should be heading, with a larger transition list.

    So not give me the “But Qualcomm is not supporting S810 platform anymore” cr*p. The equivelent Nexus 6P is running on OREO, and will be getting patches for another year. Where is the justice here? We paid sh*tloads of money so that they won’t even have the decency to provide patches to us once in a while? God…..

  • hansip

    1. Ok that escalated quickly, from 2 years of software update promise to complete shit to you is it? spoiled ones i envy of you..

    2. Old S user that uses Galaxy S2 to Note 5? Geez you know there wasn’t a thing called ‘security patch’ back then for such devices right?

    3. No, what i said was, as long as you play it safe, then you don’t have to emphasize too much for ‘security updates’. It’s all safe right here in Android world, 99% of users even don’t know there’s such a thing called ‘security updates’, and yet they are still using their device perfectly safe and sound.

    in that base, i do like to have Android updates commitment rather than a security update promise, because security updates, while nice to have, it is not predictable and event triggered rather than planned. If security updates are planned, then it implies that they already knew their OS are having hole right there and there, but they chose to ‘plan’ it. That just feels wrong. But Android update is planned, rather than event triggered. See the difference? who knows that the device got undisclosed holes just at the very end of its 3 years promise. What’re you gonna do?

    Nexus 6P is definitely Google’s own direct product, so they have to protect it under their own promise of software update, hence forcing Qualcomm to push the kernel driver for them. Sounds hypocrite but that’s business.

  • Bulitz

    If years of support is of primary consideration for you, get a Pixel phone.
    You get 3 years of OS upgrades and security updates. That’s according to Google. And, you get it 1st before all others.

  • Héctor Rodríguez

    someone happens to the phone is reset randomly ??

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    sometimes when you use gps and turn it off the icon refuses to go frm the notification. It doesnt hurt, but can be extremely annoying.

  • Niels d. G.

    Sony does two years of OS upgrades now, right? I wouldn’t worry about that since xz1 and xz1c were released only 6 months ago. They will likely see Android 9.x upgrades and possibly even Android 10.x

  • SamTroll

    My xz1 got the update yesterday, and the day before something was eating the otherwise long lasting battery at very fast pace and the location icon persistently showed up regardless of the settings, I guess that was the location bug eating the battery, after the update battery is back to its normal state and the location icon doesn’t show up any more unless one of the navigation apps are open.

  • Nash

    Agreed, I prefers features upgrade than security patches that bring nothing significant..

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