Sony had promised that it would bring the latest Android Oreo update to the two smartphones and it seems that the company is keeping its promise.
The update brings all of the new features that are part and parcel of Android 8.0 Oreo. Additionally, some users have since reported issues like app crashes and touch unresponsiveness after updating to Oreo.
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While there is no news yet about V30 Oreo updates from other carriers, now that Verizon has released its update other networks will likely not be far behind.
The update brings several core Oreo features including Picture-in-Picture (PiP) mode, Notification dots, Smart Autofill, redesigned Quick Settings menu, faster boot time, and other bug fixes and system improvements. These two phones were launched exclusively for the Indian market back in October a year ago, and Sony had promised an Android Oreo update for the two at launch. The units were introduced in India with different RAM and storage. The dual SIM handsets now run Android Oreo, and sport 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT displays. While the Xperia R1 features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, the Xperia R1 Plus comes equipped with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Internally, the phones are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, and a 13MP camera is present at the back, followed by the 8MP shooter on the front. Both smartphones have a 13-megapixel camera at the rear with Predictive Hybrid Autofocus and an LED flash. Both phones are backed by a 2620mAh capacity battery, which is slightly on the smaller side when compared to their competition. Connectivity features offered by the two smartphones include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, USB Type-C port, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE.