Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 pick up Android 10 updates
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It has only been a few weeks since Sony announced that it would be upgrading the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 to Android 10 this month, with other handsets like the Xperia 10, XZ2 and XZ3 series following in their foosteps from "early 2020 onwards". While we had tentatively suggested that this meant that Sony would grace the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 with Android 10 before the end of the year, the company has already delivered on its promise.
Initially brought to our attention by Piunikaweb, r/SonyXperia is alive with Redditors posting screenshots today about the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 receiving Android 10. While Sony stressed in its press release that it phases software rollouts, Android 10 appears to have hit both handsets globally. The update, which Sony calls 55.1.A.0.748, weighs in at 725 MB and includes the November Android security patch.
While we are yet to find an official changelog, some people have spotted that Sony has removed the ability to use Android's built-in face unlock. The authentication method is not as secure as something like Face ID because it uses a 2D photo of your face rather than a 3D infrared image. However, insecurity does not seem like enough of a reason to remove the functionality, so we shall reserve judgement until Sony releases a statement.