Xperia 1 II to receive Android 11 when the Xperia 5 II launches in Q4 2020
Android 11 has already arrived for some handsets, but the Xperia 5 II has joined the Xperia 1 II in being launched on Google's previous OS. Sony is yet to announce plans to upgrade either device to Android 11, although AndroidNext apparently has inside information on proceedings. According to the Japanese website, Android 11 will arrive on the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II when the latter officially launches, which is not until October.
However, the Xperia 5 II arrives in the US on December 4, so it remains to be seen whether these Android 11 upgrades will be timed regionally. Alternatively, Sony may have a day one upgrade ready for US customers who pre-order the Xperia 5 II.
OEMs have been shipping smartphone with older versions of Android for years, possibly to avoid providing prolonged software support. AndroidNext also claims that Sony will deliver three OS upgrades to the Xperia 5 II though, as we reported earlier this month. The Xperia 1 II will also receive three OS upgrades, which would be a rarity save for Pixel and OnePlus devices.