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Sony Concept for Android now available for Xperia X

Sony Concept for Android now available for Xperia X
Sony Concept for Android now available for Xperia X
The Sony "Concept for Android" launched last summer and is now expanding to Xperia X owners across Europe with new features.

Sony is developing its own Concept software based on Android 7.0 Nougat and owners of the Xperia X, Z3, or Z3C smartphones can now experience it through a free beta program.

The Concept firmware is targeted at developers and experimenters and the installer itself can be downloaded as a free app directly from the Google Play store. Beta testers can register for the "Concept for Android" program to aid Sony is developing the software. According to Sony, the manufacturer is looking to integrate customer feedback gained from beta testers to better tailor the software to its users. Participants receive no compensation for downloading and installing Concept, so the feedback they give will be at no monetary cost to Sony and may reduce development costs for the manufacturer in the long run.

Sony Concept aims to improve battery life and provide a fast and sleek new interface that prioritizes apps and features most useful to the user. The latest version of the software at the time of writing includes:

  • A brief preview of some of the latest features coming to Xperia products.
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with multi-window features and improved notifications.
  • Access to the inTouch Community forums for providing direct feedback to the software developers and to directly influence the development process.

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Allen Ngo, 2016-11-13 (Update: 2016-11-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.