Sony Xperia XZ1 (Compact) software update brings September patch, Xperia 5 kernel source code up for grabs

Sony decided to skip a bunch of numbers and unveiled Xperia 5 at IFA 2019. Thing is, the phone carries the same gene from Xperia 1 – similar (albeit lower resolution) 21:9 display and an identical camera setup. Thanks to the reduced physical dimension, I would love to tag it as Xperia 1 Compact.

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Xperia 5

Sticking with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC was a strange move from Sony, as the ‘Plus’ variant is already available in the market. The Japanese OEM also reduced the battery capacity a little – 3,140 mAh from 3,300 mAh in Xperia 1.

Both Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 run Android Pie out of the box. As a flagship, they are entitled to get Android 10 update in the near future. You can even install vanilla Android 10 on your Xperia 1 right away with the help of Sony’s Open Devices program.

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Xperia 1

Sony is making things even easier for tinkerers and device modders, as they have published the kernel source code for every Xperia 5 variant. Those who are interested can download the packages from the following links:

  • Xperia 5 (J8210 and J9210); software version 55.0.A.7.100: Download
  • Xperia 5 (J8210 and J9210); software version 55.0.A.7.115: Download
  • Xperia 5 (J9210); software version 55.0.A.11.21: Download
  • Xperia 5 (J8210 and J9210); software version 55.0.A.11.25: Download

Apart from that, both Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact is getting the September security patch via software version 47.2.A.11.228. They received July patch back in mid-August in the form of build 47.2.A.10.107.

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Recently Xperia XZ2 family also received a new security update, so we could say Sony kickstarted the monthly OTA season for this month. The size of the incremental OTA is pretty huge (over 400 MB) for a typical security patch, but the lack of a proper changelog prevents us to investigate further.

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Xperia XZ1

Sony has not published the corresponding kernel source code yet. Guess they will do it after pushing the update for Xperia XZ Premium, as the phones share a common hardware platform.

When do you think your beloved Xperia XZ1/XZ1 Compact will receive Android 10 update from Sony? Comment below.

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Kingshuk De

I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.