Every month Google gives device manufacturers an updated build of Android with security patches that remove vulnerabilities and fixes bugs. Although we normally see these patches hitting Pixel and Nexus devices first, it would appear that Sony is on top of its game this month and is already rolling out the February security patch to several of its handsets before it arrives on any of its competitor’s devices…
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Sony is currently rolling out a firmware update to the Xperia XZ, X, X Performance, and X Compact. Once updated, these phones will feature the latest security patch dated February 1, 2017. This is huge because it means Sony was able to incorporate the new code and push the update to four of its flagship phones even before Google was able to update either of the Pixel phones.
The Xperia Blog notes that the Xperia XZ and X Performance are currently receiving build number 39.2.A.0.417 while the Xperia X and X Compact are both receiving build number 34.2.A.0.311.
Last year, we heard a report about Google cracking down on OEMs who weren’t updating phone and tablet offerings with security patches in a timely manner. It would appear that Google’s efforts are working.
Google should be releasing more information on what the February security patch fixes soon.