While Samsung is in the midst of updating its wide range of smartphones across devices and regions, Sony is finally reaching the party with the stable Android 12 build for the flagship Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 products III.
An Android 12 support page was found on Sony's website, highlighting some of the changes that came with the update. That includes features such as native scrolling screenshots, privacy marks for the camera and mic, approximate positioning, and enhanced one-handed use, which is perfect for a phone as tall as the Xperia 1 III.
Basically, these are all features that we see on Google's Pixel 6 phones, which is not surprising given that Sony maintains a beautiful vanilla version of Android. However, the page does not specifically mention features like Dynamic Color, although we expect Sony to implement this on its phones as well.
As pointed out by XDA-Developers, the Android 12 update is currently arriving in Russian dual-sim versions of the Xperia 1 III and 5 III. Since Sony has not yet released a timeline for its Android 12 release, we will have to wait to see when it hits other regions and on other Xperia models such as the latest and much more expensive Xperia Pro-I.
Sony does not have nearly as many phones to upgrade to Samsung, so it should hopefully reach its line sooner rather than later. That said, Sony's best camera phones were largely absent from the Android 12 beta program.
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