Sony has started upgrading 2018, 2019 and 2020 OLED and LCD models from Android 9 to Android 10. The firmware also adds new features such as Living Decor.
Update: Sony Japan informs FlatpanelsHD that the update will roll out in Europe starting "late November".
The firmware update is available now in North America and Asia, and is coming soon to Europe.
"A major software update (Android 10) is scheduled to begin sometime around October 2023 for your Android TV model," announced Sony.
The firmware update applies to 2018, 2019 and 2020 Sony TV models including popular ranges such as A9F/AF9, A9G/AG9, A8/A8H, X950G/XG95, X950H/XH95 and X850H/XH85. A full list of models can be found in the table at the bottom.
Sony's A9G/AG9 OLED is one of the models to receive Android 10 as part of the firmware update
Living Decor, soundbar controlsBesides the upgrade from Android 9 to Android 10, the firmware includes new features such as Living Decor, which is a "function that allows your TV to be used as a photo frame, clock, or to look like a part of an interior".
The TV settings menu is getting a new layout and some setting options have been renamed.
After updating, users will also be able to control and update compatible Sony soundbars directly from the TV’s settings menu, and it will be easier to pin your favorite broadcast channels. Sony’s full changelog is included below.
It is a gradual roll-out and it normally takes several months for new Sony firmwares to reach all compatible models worldwide. Look for the update in your Sony TV's update menu or download it directly (for installation via USB stick) from your local Sony support site.
Android 10 is not the most recent version of Android for TV, but better late than never. Most of Sony's 2023 models are also running Android 10 except for the A95L QD-OLED, which is the first Sony model to use the MediaTek Pentonic 1000 chip that comes preloaded with Android 12.
Sony 2018-2022 models – Android 10 firmware
Android TV | Google TV (LCD)
- XG85xx_X85xxG_U8G Series (55, 65, 75, 85)
- XG95xx_X95xxG Series
- XH80xx_X80xxH_X81xH Series
- XH81xx Series
- XH85xx_X85xxH_XH91xx Series
- XH95xx_X95xxH Series (49, 85)
- XH95xx_X95xxH Series (55, 65, 75)
- Z8H_ZH8 Series
- Z9F_ZF9 Series
- Z9G_ZG9 Series
- Z9H Series
Android TV | Google TV (OLED)
- A8x_A8H Series
- A9F_AF9 Series
- A9G_AG9 Series
- A9_A9S Series
What's new (in Sony's own words):
Menu and interface changes
Settings menu changes|
After the update, the Settings menus will be located on the left side of the screen, and the details of the selected content will be displayed on the right side.
In addition, some setting names and locations will be changed. For example, after the update, Device Preferences will be called System.
New & enhanced features
Living Decor is a function that allows your TV to be used as a photo frame, clock, or to look like a part of an interior. Living Decor can be started from the list of apps.
Timers & Clock
Alarms are added to the timer functions and will have the ability to display a clock on the television screen. Timers & Clock can be selected from the list of apps.
Note: For OLED models, in order to reduce image retention, the clock cannot be displayed all the time.TV Menu improvements
Easy registration of favorite channels
On the remote control, and from the TV menu, use the up arrow button to register your favorite channels.
Name change in the LED indicator settings, and enables easy turn on or off the Voice Function LED
For TVs with a built-in MIC: The current setting name for Built-in MIC LED under the LED indicator is changed to Voice detection status. The menu path is as follows: Settings → System → LED indicator → Voice detection status
Note: For XBR X95H (55, 65, 75) and Z8H series: After the update, you can turn off the Voice Function LED by disabling the Voice detection status.
A: Voice Function LED (bottom of the TV, slightly left of center)
Enabled Soundbar or Home Theater System control from your TV (HT-A7000/A5000/A3000/A9 models only)
If you have a supported Soundbar model (HT-A7000, HT-A5000, or HT-A3000) or Home Theater System (HT-A9), you'll be able to use the following features:
Control from TV Quick Settings (Except for HT-A3000):
The setting items for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System will be displayed in Quick Settings, and you can change the settings of the Soundbar or Home Theater System from the UI of the TV.
Easy Wi-Fi® settings
You can easily set the Wi-Fi settings for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System (the Wi-Fi settings for the Soundbar or Home Theater System are copied from your TV so you don't have to set them yourself).
Display Software update notifications
Software update notifications for the applicable Soundbar or Home Theater System will appear on the TV screen.
Added the TV Control with Smart Speakers app
Restricted profile function
TV Control Setup with the Amazon Alexa app will be replaced with TV Control with Smart Speakers app. If you have already used the TV Control Setup with the Amazon Alexa app to control the TV: you will still be able to use it and it will coexist with the newly added TV Control with Smart Speakers app. If you want to link your TV to your Amazon Alexa for the first time: please use the TV Control with Smart Speakers app after the update.
Note: Availability of this function may vary depending on the country or region.
The Restricted profile in the Security & restrictions sections under Device Preferences will not be supported after the update. Please utilize the Parental controls function to enjoy safe apps and video streaming services. Follow these steps to set the Parental controls:
On the supplied remote control, press the (Quick Settings) button, then select Parental controls. You can set the following Parental controls features so that children can safely use the TV:
Restrict TV channels and use of external inputsRestrict the use of appsRestrict TV usage time
BRAVIA Sync function
After the update, the Sync Menu will no longer be shown from the Quick Settings menu. To operate BRAVIA Sync-compatible devices from the TV, on the remote control, use the INPUT button to select the device you want to operate.