Sony, the iconic Japanese consumer electronics brand that most Kenyans of age can identify with, is hardly a show on Android Kenya. There’s a good reason why that is the case: much as Sony continues making smartphones running our favourite mobile operating system and which its fans swear by, Sony Mobile, hardly reciprocates. The brand’s local presence, as far as smartphones go, is, to be honest, negligible.
As such, it becomes harder to be constantly on the lookout for market-specific news and updates for a brand whose paths we hardly ever cross.
That, however, does not mean that every once in a while we don’t get something exciting from Sony Mobile. For instance, the Xperia XZ3, its flagship device this year, made history as the first to go to market with Pie, the latest version of Android. And that, to some of us, wasn’t surprising at all. Besides having the XZ3’s predecessor taking part in the Android Pie beta, Sony has pretty much been committed to the Android cause as far as updates even though it never acts like it and the market rewards it by not giving its devices a second look.
In what is likely to be of interest to Kenyan users of the devices, Sony Mobile is currently seeding the Android 9 Pie update to users rocking the European models of the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia Z2 Compact, according to a report on Xperia Blog, a Sony Mobile-centred website.
As per the report, the update, which clocks it at just over a gigabyte, includes the latest October Android security patches but is noticeably missing a portrait selfie mode in the new camera app that Sony has bundled with the update.
Are you one of the few readers we have who proudly rocks a Sony smartphone? We’d love to hear from you!