Good news this morning for those of you who have the Sony Xperia XZ or the Xperia X Performance. Sony has released the Android Nougat 7.1.1 update for both of these phones and it is already rolling out to users. The updated build is 41.2.A.2.199 for both devices and along with the improvements that come with 7.1.1, the April Android Security patch is also in this build.
The big change with 7.1.1 is the support for app shortcuts. This allows you to long press an icon and be able to get to a particular part of an app (for example, in Gmail you can tap-and-hold to start composing an email in a particular account). The problem is that the Sony launcher doesn’t support app shortcuts, at least not yet. If you are using a launcher that does support them on either of these phones (like Nova Launcher), then you will get to use the new feature. Also, the 7.1.1 update brings Unicode v9 emoji to these devices.