In early December 2019, Sony opened its Android Pie TV account by announcing the new software for several Bravia smart TVs in 2018 and 2019.
Bravia smart TV models have been confirmed to receive the upgrade – an update that was labeled in parallel with support for Apple AirPlay and Homekit – including the 2018 XBR Z9F and XBR A9F series, as well as the XBR Z9G, XBR A9G, XBR X950G and XBR Series X850G (55/65/75/85 inches).
The company had an explanation for those models that are missing from the list, but even so, those confirmed to receive the update were not going to receive it all at once, especially not in all regions of the globe.
Since its initial launch, Sony's Android Pie TV has expanded to several Bravia TVs in the UK, and starting this week, more regions will receive the same upgrade to Bravia A9F and Z9F TVs.
To be more specific, owners of XBR-65A9F, XBR-55A9F, XBR-75Z9F and XBR-65Z9F in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chile and Peru can now download and install Android Pie on their TVs right now.
In addition to Android Pie, the update also adds the aforementioned support for Apple AirPlay and Homekit, and also fixes the issue of Netflix if correctly playing UHD 4K or Dolby Vision content when connecting AD2P headphones was a problem for some .
Below is a summary of the changes that the new update brings to these TVs.
– Support for Apple AirPlay® and Apple Homekit ™
– Integrates Dolby ATMOS support with TV speakers
– Support for HEVC 100 / 120Hz format for USB video playback
– Combines video, album and music applications in the Media Player application
– Redesign the Settings and Quick Settings menus
– Allows you to customize the input menu
– Redesign the Restart menu
– Redesign the TV menu
– Redesign the Guide screen to display the current channel in a small window on the screen
– Adds a Timer icon to the Home screen
– For models that have an IR Blaster, the IR Blaster configuration function is renamed to Cable / Satellite Box Setup
– Redesign the LED lighting behavior when using OK Google
– Provides additional menu, interface and icon enhancements
The aerial update comes as the software version v6.3598 and weighs about 1.1 GB.
BBC iPlayer has dropped some Bravia TVs
Elsewhere, in the UK, both the BBC and Sony have officially made some old Bravia TVs from 2012 and 2013 lose support for the BBC iPlayer starting February 17, 2020.
As of February 17, 2020, the BBC has decided to remove iPlayer on some older Sony TVs due to performance issues. If your TV is affected, you will see the following message (image below) when trying to access the BBC iPlayer on your TV.
To continue using the BBC iPlayer, the BBC recommends finding a suitable set-top box or streaming device that can connect to your old Sony TV.
The affected Bravia TVs are the EX44 *, EX55 * and EX65 * series from 2012; HX75 *, HX85 *, HX95 * and X90 ** series; and the series W60 * A, W65 * A, W68 * A, W80 * A, W85 * A and W90 * A, as well as the series X85 ** A and X90 ** A. See the complete list here.
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