[Update: Dec. 08] Sony Android 11 update: List of eligible devices & release date

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This story is being continuously updated…. New updates are being added at the bottom…..

NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously.

Original story (published on April 23, 2020) follows:

Owing to its small smartphone repository, Japan’s Sony Mobile is usually among the first to get going with major Android OS updates. The company’s contributions to Google’s AOSP (more on this later) also play a huge part in the timely release of OS updates.

The stable Android 10, for instance, arrived in early December 2019, about three months after Google’s release. The company is pretty much done with updating its devices to the new OS (Xperia 10 and 10 Plus still wait) and now attention is set to turn to the Sony Android 11 update.

Google should bring out the public beta version in May, as usual. Since Sony was well represented in last year’s Android Q beta testing program, there is no doubt that one or two Xperia handsets will enter this year’s Android R beta program as well.

Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony Xperia 1 II could be invited to try Android 11 beta

List of eligible devices

As noted, Sony doesn’t have a huge number of phones out there. This leaves only a handful of devices eligible for the big Sony Android 11 update.

Since the company’s software update policy is to provide at least two major OS updates, below are the devices we think Sony will upgrade to Android 11 OS:

– Sony Xperia 1 II
– Sony Xperia 10 II
– Sony Xperia 1
– Sony Xperia 5
– Sony Xperia 5 II

If you own any of the above Xperia handsets, rest assured that an update to Android 11 will be made available officially. As for those donning the likes of Xperia 10 and its Plus counterpart as well as Xperia L4, all of which have Pie preinstalled, don’t get your hopes too high.

Of course, Sony is likely to release a couple or so more phones before the end of the year and since they’ll possibly come running Android 10 out of the box, they should easily fit the bill for the official Sony Android 11 update.

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NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously.

Sony Android 11 update release date [Expected]

In 2012, then Technical Lead of Android Open Source Project at Google, Jean-Baptiste Queru, named Sony Mobile as one of the leading contributors to AOSP. At the time, he said the following about Sony:

Since Sony has been contributing a lot to the Android Open Source Project, they have fewer changes that they need to maintain on their own: those changes of theirs are already there when the source code is first released.
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It didn’t end there. In 2017, Google named Sony as the standout AOSP partner. Google said Sony contributed more than 30 feature enhancements and 250 bug fixes to Android Oreo. There is no reason to believe Sony is no longer a lead contributor to the upcoming Android 11 update.

Sony Xperia 5 is eligible for Android 11 update

Sony Xperia 5 is eligible for Android 11 update

That said, Jean-Baptiste Queru’s words come into play. That since Sony has early access to AOSP than most vendors, the company’s Android OS stable updates can be expected not long after Google makes the stable version available.

But when will Google release the stable Android 11 update? Probably in mid or late Q3 2020 (August or September), just like Android Pie and Android 10 more recently. Granted, the stable Sony Android 11 update may arrive in Q4 2020, you know, just like what happened with Android 10.

It’s worth noting that the information contained in this article isn’t official. Sony hasn’t revealed its Android 11 update plans, but when it does, we will update our story with the official details.

Update 1 (September 02)

IST: 05:08 pm: In a recent development, we have learned that Sony might be in the race to provide 3 Android OS updates for the Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II. It means that both devices will be also be receiving Android OS 13.

Update 2 (September 12)

IST: 12:54 pm: A recent leak suggests more Xperia devices that are eligible for teh Android 11 update. The list includes Xperia 5 II, Xperia Pro 5G, Xperia 1 II, Xperia 1 (including PE), Xperia 5, Xperia 10 II, Xperia 10 Plus, Xperia 10. It’s also coming to light that Sony has started testing Android 11. More details here.

Update 3 (October 05)

IST: 01:31 pm: According to a new report, Sony has released the Android 11 compatible binaries and a step-by-step guide to build AOSP 11.0 for several Xperia models.

Download AOSP 11.0 Software Binaries

Update 4 (October 07)

IST: 01:45 pm: It seems that the final build fingerprint of Android 11 for the Sony Xperia 1 II has surfaced suggesting that Sony may release the Android 11 update for the device within the new few months.

Sony/XQ-AT51_EEA/XQ-AT51:11/58.1.A.0.737/058001A000073702046423728:user/release-keys

Update 5 (October 16)

IST: 12:18 pm: Sony has been tight-lipped regarding the Android 11 rollout for its devices. However, an alledged screenshot of Sony’s Android 11 roadmap has surfaced. Check out all the details here.

Update 6 (November 03)

IST: 05:51 pm: It seems that Sony joined the 3 Android OS updates club since the company will be providing 3 OS updates for its current flagships — the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II. Both devices will get Android 11, Android 12, and Android 13 according to a report (in Chinese).

Update 7 (December 01)

IST: 11:00 am: Sony has finally confirmed it’s Android 11 rollout plans. The Xperia 1 II will be the first to bag the latest Android 11 version which is expected to begin rolling out this month itself (December), according to a report.

We’ve shared the rollout timeline below:

Xperia 1 II: from December 2020
Xperia 5 II: from the end of January 2021
Xperia 10 II: from the end of January 2021
Xperia 1: from February 2021
Xperia 5: from February 2021

NOTICE: We’ve compiled a comprehensive Android 11 update tracker for all the major OEMs and carriers, and will be updating it continuously.

Update 8 (December 08)

IST: 10:45 am: A device with the model number of Sony SO-52A has been spotted on Geekbench running Android 11. Apparently, this model number resembles that of the DoCoMo variant of the Xperia 5 II in Japan.

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However, there are a few discrepancies in the System Information section of the Geekbench results that hint towards it being another device altogether as per a report (in Japanese).

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