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Android 9, AirPlay & HomeKit released for Sony A9G/AG9, A9F/A9F OLED TVs

30 Jan 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

Sony started rolling out Android 9, Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit and Dolby Atmos for select LCD TVs in late 2019. The update is now also available in the US and Europe for select 2018 and 2019 OLED TVs.

Major update for Sony OLED TVs

The major software/firmware update was released for select Sony LCD TV ranges in late 2019. Sony promised to make it available for its A9F (AF9 in Europe) and A9G (AG9 in Europe) OLED TVs in "early 2020" and here it is. Besides Android 9 (Pie), which includes mostly bug and performance fixes, the package comes with Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. AirPlay 2 lets you push video and music from an iOS or macOS devices wirelessly to the Sony TV. HomeKit is Apple's platform for the connected home and Sony TVs can now be set-up as accessories here. Furthermore the update includes Dolby Atmos support for the TV's built-in speakers. Alternatively, Dolby Atmos can be output via HDMI ARC. In addition, there are several bug fixes. See the changelog below.

Sony AF9 OLED

The update was released for Sony A9F and A9G OLED TVs in the Americas on January 21, 2020. And yesterday on January 29, 2020, the company also made it available in Europe. Sony has not announced plans to bring Android 9 and Apple features to previous LCD and OLED models. The update is rolling out gradually but if it is not yet available through the built-in update function in your TV, you can download it manually and install if via USB. It can be downloaded for Sony A9F (America) here and Sony A9G (America) here as well as Sony AF9 (Europe) here and Sony AG9 (Europe) here.

Sony update - changelog

Sony AF9/AF9 OLED (2018) The following new features, menus and interface changes will be introduced after updating to Android 9 Pie: - Support Apple AirPlay / HomeKit - Integrated Dolby Atmos support via the TV's built-in speakers - Redesigned Quick Settings and Streamlined Settings Menus - Smoother transition to the channel list and full TV Guide - Improved IR blaster settings (IR blaster-compatible models only) - Reconfigured HDMI IN operation menu - Improved Recording Title List functions - Adds Restart menu - The Restart menu is displayed on the TV screen by pressing and holding the Power button on the TV remote control for a few seconds - The inputs menu is now customisable - Video/Album/Music apps combined into the Media Player app - Supports HEVC 100/120Hz format for USB video playback - Updated icons on the Home screen - Open a small preview screen to continue watching TV while accessing the program guide - Additional built-in Mic functionality - Illumination LED illustrates when "Ok Google" detection is activated, in the built-in Mic, when the TV is on and in Standby mode - Addition of Pass-Through mode: Pass-Through mode can output compressed audio to Audio Systems & Sound Bars - Preferred Satellite option shows providers' names The following features will also be improved or resolved after the update: - Improves the stability and performance of the TV - Resolves Netflix ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K or Dolby Vision playback issues when connected to A2DP Bluetooth headphones - Resolves sound issues when playing specific audio formats via ARC, and improves overall compatibility with certain ARC devices The following feature will no longer be supported: - Teletext fixed display feature removed: The (Text hold) feature, which was performed by pressing the (INPUT) button on the remote control while Teletext is displayed, has been removed.

Sony AG9/AG9 OLED (2019) The following new features, menus and interface changes will be introduced after updating to Android 9 Pie: - Support Apple AirPlay / HomeKit - Integrated Dolby Atmos support via the TV’s built-in speakers - Redesigned Quick Settings and Streamlined Settings Menus - Operate your Cable/Satellite box with the supplied TV remote control (note: France, Poland Italy and Spain only) - Adds Restart menu - The Restart menu is displayed on the TV screen by pressing and holding the Power button on the TV remote control for a few seconds - The inputs menu is now customisable - Open a small preview screen to continue watching TV while accessing the program guide - Illumination LED illustrates when "Ok Google" detection is activated, in the built-in Mic, when the TV is on and in Standby mode (except XG85/XG87) - Addition of Pass-Through mode: Pass-Through mode can output compressed audio to Audio Systems & Sound Bars - Preferred Satellite option shows providers' names The following features will also be improved or resolved after the update: - Improves the user experience when operating Google Assistant - Improves the stability and performance of the TV - Resolves Netflix ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K or Dolby Vision playback issues when connected to A2DP Bluetooth headphones - Resolves sound issues when playing specific audio formats via ARC, and improves overall compatibility with certain ARC devices

- Source: Sony Europe (2), Sony USA (2), thanks for the tips everyone!



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