Earlier than expected, Sony started rolling out Android 11 for two older Xperia phones. In fact, devices should only receive the latest version of Android later. GIGA explains which smartphones will receive the update and what features will be included with the new software.


In early December, Sony announced its update schedule to Android 11. Starting with the Xperia 1 II, the Japanese wanted to roll out the new version of Android piece by piece on older Sony smartphones. According to Sony, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 shouldn’t receive the update until the end of January, but the mainstream manufacturer even appears to be undermining its own schedule.

For Xperia 1 and Xperia 5: Sony phones are updated to Android 11

Because apparently the rollout of Android 11 for the two Sony smartphones has already started, as 9to5Google citing various reported Reddit users. The update should bring 1 GB on the scale and carry firmware version 55.2.A.0.630. December 1, 2020 is specified as the Android security level.

It is currently not known in which markets Sony will distribute the Android 11 update for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. As often, the delivery must be phased in order not to overload the server. If you want to know if the update is already available, you can manually check for it in the settings.

What Android 11 has to offer:

Android 11 with revised notifications

There are no sensational innovations in Android 11. The new version of the operating system is limited to the focus instead of the revolution. Most notable for the user is the new division of the notification bar. This is divided into three areas: Conversations, Notifications, and Silent. This should give Android smartphone owners a better overview of important notifications. New data protection settings are also improved, a revised display of multimedia widgets in the message center, a central location for smart home control in the power menu and the ability to display chat apps in using “bubbles” compared to other Android apps to let. The latter is already known to Facebook Messenger.