System and applications
The phone runs on Android 10 - an update to Android 11 is planned, but we still do not know when the phone will actually get it. Security updates are dated on the 1st of August 2020.
The Xperia UX interface looks similarly to the original Android, though the manufacturer added a few of its own solutions, for example the way we use the divided screen or the Stamina mode. There are new background colours, a few fonts and icons. There is a side menu as well – this is a rather irritating function and a useless addition, which I turned off quickly – and a lot of preinstalled apps. As a standard, Sony adds Call of Duty, Linkedin and Facebook. It does not add its own app for browsing photos – it uses Google Photos. When it comes to the camera and playing music it provides its own solutions.
An important part of software, especially for gamers, is the Game Enhancer app, which is a set of advanced functions, which we can use while gaming. They cover, for example, selecting a power/efficiency profile, blocking notifications, turning on the automatic brightness, recording the screen and changing refreshment to 120 Hz for those games, which can achieve over 60 frames per second.
Other functions, which deserve to be described, are Always On display, a one-hand usage mode, settings connected with displaying the image (Creator mode, white balance, RGB) or different ways of controlling the interface (with gestures or system buttons). The smartphone can boast with the Widevine L1 certificate.