Sony Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro start receiving Android 12 updates in the US
Sony has begun rolling out Android 12 to the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro, two of the company's former flagship smartphones. Currently restricted to the US, Android 12 arrives as 58.2.A.0.899 for both smartphones. Unfortunately, Sony has not announced how long it will take to bring the update to other countries. Typically, Sony only waits a few days before distributing an update in more countries, unlike LG.
According to XDA Developers, 58.2.A.0.899 contains the January 2022 Android security patch update, which you can read more about in Google's corresponding Android Security Bulletin. For some reason, Sony decided against bundling the newer February 2022 security patch or waiting a few more days until Google publishes this month's patch. Still, it is good to see Sony rolling out OS upgrades to its older flagships, which has not always been the case.
The Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro join the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III in receiving Android 12. For reference, Sony started upgrading the latter pair in early January. As always, Sony does not publish changelogs with its software updates. However, Sony outlines in a support article that it has added scrolling screenshots to Android 12 and a dim screen feature that reduces eye strain when using your Xperia smartphone in a dark environment.
Also, Android 12 introduces a revamped one-handed mode, Nearby Share and improved security features, such as showing an approximate location, camera and microphone indicator on the status bar whenever any of these are in use. 58.2.A.0.899 is now rolling out to the Xperia 1 II and Xperia Pro as an over-the-air (OTA) update.