"If you spot any other vendor (excluding Google) releasing this faster than us, prepare your rotten tomatoes," Sony had said in early December about Android 7.1.1 Nougat release. With its goal to beat other Android manufacturers with the 7.1.1 Nougat release, Sony has started to release the feature-rich Nougat's Concept build.
Sony Xperia X, the first non-Google device to test Android 7.1.1
Today's Android 7.1.1 Nougat MR1 release for Xperia X carries the build number 38.3.A.0.41 and the Android build number NMF26F8. The features that Android 7.1.1 Nougat has introduced to the Sony Xperia X include a restart option when holding down the power button (similar to Pixel), faster camera startup time, PlayStation 4 Remote Play support for the Xperia X Concept (no DualShock support), along with the latest December Security patches (via Xperia Blog).
Besides the Pixel and Nexus devices, Sony's Xperia X is the first non-Google device to receive Android 7.1.1 update. For now, the OTA release is only available for those running the Experimental release track. The update will start rolling out to all owners of the Xperia X in the coming weeks.
Similar to Samsung's Galaxy Beta Program, Sony also initiated its first Concept Android build for Xperia X in November. These Concept builds are experimental designed for the testing process. Samsung has also promised to deliver Android 7.1.1 Nougat to Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, however, the beta program only tested builds based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Let's see who wins the final battle of sending out public release of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to non-Google devices.