Keeping up with its practice of releasing timely updates, Sony has started rolling out the December Android security update for its Xperia XZ3, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium smartphones. The update is now being pushed out and it will complement the November security patch with a special focus on system optimization and a range of bug fixes. It is not known which other devices in Sony’s handsets portfolio will also receive the December security patch.
Security Update Version 52.0.A.3.126
The new firmware update that is being pushed out to the Sony Xperia XZ3, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium currently will move the build number from 52.0.A.3.84 to 52.0.A.3.126 and includes the December 2018 Android security patches, as mentioned before. The said update is not going to introduce any changes to the Android 8 Oreo or 9 Pie. It is mainly a security update that will shield the system from recurring and future threats. This means that it will step up the security of your device and protect it from threats that linger in the Android ecosystem.
The December 1, 2018 security update takes care of instability issues and critical flaws, including some that users complained of after the November update. All the current user data will not be affected by the software update, so you do not have to worry about making backups. However, once you upgrade to the new version, you will not be able to revert to the previous one, so if this is something that concerns you, you might not want to go forward. However, it is always recommended to cover your bases with the latest software update, so that hackers will not be able to exploit the vulnerabilities in the system.
How To Get The Latest Update
You can install the latest update using the notification received through OTA, or you can manually check the Software Update menu for the new version. Alternatively, you can also use your computer to update your smartphone. Sony has been really swift with the security updates this year. As with previous software updates, the distribution will take place gradually, so most compatible devices will hopefully receive the latest update in the next few days.
In terms of software, the Xperia XZ3, XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium are pretty great devices. Although the handsets are not a part of the Android One program, the software hasn’t been tweaked much so it’s almost like they are running the stock version of Google’s operating system. When there are no unnecessary add-ons, you can count on the system to be really fluid and fast. Sony is also on track with the OS updates. Take the example of the Xperia XZ2 and XZ1, which received Android Pie in early November. The devices will expectedly receive major OS upgrades for 2 years and security updates for 3 years. Once the support ends, the company usually releases the AOSP for the next OS version, provided that the kernel versions do not have a major revision. However, if you purchased your phone from a carrier, the updates could be a little slower but that can be remedied by flashing the generic ROM. This has been made easier with the open device program.