Sony explains why the Xperia Z3 won’t be getting the Nougat 7.0 update

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All the way from Japan, the management of Sony released a list sometimes ago that detailed the names of their smartphones that would be getting the push to the latest Android Nougat platform and what surprised a lot of people is that despite the fact that the Xperia Z3 is a flagship by all means, it was not included in the list.

That didn’t sit well with a lot of people then and since Sony just dropped a list without stating the rationale behind it, they seek to make amends by explaining why they have dropped this one from the line-up of Nougat hopefuls.

From a company developer, one of the reasons why it won’t be getting the Nougat is that there were some limitations to the platform of the device which would prevent the update from working well on it because of the improved Google CTS (Compatibility Test Suite) which went live just before they could send the 5th developer preview to the Z3.

This new CTS demands that devices that didn’t have support for the Vulkan API and OpenGL ES 3.1 would not be able to run Android N. Since Z3 uses the SD-801 chipset which supports only OpenGL ES 3.0, that automatically rules it out of the update list.

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