Early on, it seemed like Motorola and LG would vie for the heavyweight title of fastest and most reliable Android smartphone manufacturer as far as Nougat updates were concerned. But then Sony jumped in to quickly hog the spotlight, sending official over-the-air 7.0 goodies to the Xperia X Performance, XZ and now, standard X and X Compact.

We’re no longer talking beta tests here either, but the real deal, free (at least in theory) of all bugs, minor system instabilities and experimental software features. Sure, rollouts are still “phased”, so not every Xperia X and X Compact user in every market around the world can pull the update OTA just yet.

Worst case scenario though, it’s going to take a couple of weeks for the 1.2GB or so care packages to go global, December security patches baked in and all. That’s probably the same timeframe needed for Samsung’s very first such UI makeover to finally exit the open pre-release beta stage. So, yeah, don’t forget to give Sony a big thumbs up, maybe on your e-way to Amazon, where the Android N-ready Xperia X Compact currently costs $400, and the larger X sets you back as little as $300.

Oh, and before long, the Nougat-powered Xperia model tally should further rise from four to five… or ten, with the XA, XA Ultra, Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet also confirmed for the crucial OS promotion.

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