Sony to release new security patch in February which covers Xperia family

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Smartphone manufacturer Sony Mobile started the month on a high note by pushing the February 2017 firmware updates for its Xperia platforms.

A report from Xperia Blog confirmed that the latest set of Google security patches will cover the Xperia X, the Xperia XZ, the X Compact, and the X Performance. The patches for the Xperia XZ and X Performance have a build number 39.2.A.0.417 while the ones for Xperia X and X Compact come with build number 34.2.A.0.311.

In a report by Android Authority, this move by Sony brings them a step ahead of Google, since the latter has yet to issue the security updates to the Nexus and Pixel devices, including the Android 7.1.2 beta release. As for the specific concerns that are addressed by the patches, the report confirmed that Android has not yet posted any details for this month.

Last December, the X Peformance and the Xperia XZ were updated with Android Nougat, although the update missed the security patches from Google that were released toward the latter part of the month. Last month, however, the Xperia X and the X Compact received the second release of updates, which offered bug fixes, highlighted by addressing the clock's tendency to reset whenever users rebooted their smartphones.

Another concern that was taken head-on by the update was the smartphone's vulnerability, wherein code execution and remote access can be enabled on affected units.

Meanwhile, Sony also released its financial results for the last quarter of 2016, wherein 5.1 million units of the Xperia smartphone were sold. The number, however, proved to be dismal compared to the sales in the same period in 2015, which accounted for 2.5 million units more. Sony Mobile sold a total of 15 million units last year, which, incidentally, was also the lowest they have sold since Sony acquired Ericsson's shares in 2012.