Android TV™ software update information

 

Updated: 18 February 2019

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the release of this software update has been postponed. We are working on the issue and will release the update as soon as possible.


A major software update (Android™ 8.0 Oreo™) is scheduled to begin at the beginning of February 2019 for your Android TV model. This article explains the feature improvements and changes provided with this update.

 

Menu and Interface Changes
Features No Longer Supported
Other Changes

 

Applicable Models


2018 models

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KD-**X9000F
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KD-**X7800F/**X7500F
KDL-**W800F


2017 models

KD-**A1
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KD-**X8500E/**X8200E/**X8000E
KD-**X7500E


2016 models

KD-**S8000D
KD-**X8300D/**X8000D
KD-**X7500D/**X7000D
KD-**Z9D

Please review the Warning section at the bottom of this article BEFORE installing this update.

When you are ready to update the TV software, press the HELP button on the remote control and then select System software update.

NOTE: The software update is being rolled out in stages and may not yet be available for your TV. If you have Automatic software updates turned on, you will automatically receive a notification to update the TV when the software update is available.

 

Menu and Interface Changes

 

1. Home menu changes

 

  • Network-related content appears on the Home menu.
  • Select (Apps) or press and hold the HOME button on the remote control to access your installed apps.
  • Use Play Store to download apps.

     
  •   (Inputs),  (Timers) and  (Settings) are moved to the top-right of the screen for easy access.
  • When you have notifications, an icon with a number indicating the amount of notifications will appear next to the Inputs icon. Select it to see the notifications.

     
  • Help is listed in the Apps menu.

     
  • The Picture-in-Picture (PIP) small screen, control buttons and information appear in the Home menu. The small screen is located on the bottom-right or bottom-left.

     
  • If the TV is not connected to a network, an error message such as Unable to access Internet will appear on the Home menu.
    • You can select DISMISS to hide the message temporarily or connect the TV to a network to hide it permanently.
  • Guidance screens explain the features available in this new OS.
  • Easy access to preferred apps and viewing history:
    • You can add your favorite apps to (A).
    • Partially watched content is automatically added to Play Next (B).
      • You can also manually add content to Play Next.
      • May not be available for all services or content.
      • Will not appear if there is no content.
    • TV channel viewing history and recommended content from video streaming services are displayed in (C).
      • The content displayed changes depending on the status of the TV.

       

2. Software update message change

The design of the software update notification message is changed. It will appear when the TV powers on and then will disappear automatically.

 

3. Design changes to the Content Bar or TV Menu Bar

The design of the Content Bar or TV Menu Bar is changed. The bar on your TV is based on the year it was manufactured.

  • 2016-2017 models: Press the DISCOVER button on the remote control to see the Content Bar.
  • 2018 models: Press the TV button while watching TV to see the TV Menu Bar.

 

4. Change of the behavior of the APPS button (2018 model)
After the update, the list of the installed apps will appear instead of Sony Select when you press the APPS button on the remote control.

 

5. Use the GUIDE button on the remote control to display the cable/satellite box electronic program guide (EPG)

If an IR blaster is connected and the Set-top box control setup is done, the EPG of the cable/satellite box can be displayed by pressing the GUIDE button on the remote control.
(Applicable countries/regions: India, Vietnam)

 

6. Design changes to the Album, Video and Music apps

When you select an app, the USB device name or the server name on the home network is displayed on the left side of the screen, making it easy to find the file you want to play.

 

7. Design changes to the software keyboard

Depending on the language, the layout or arrangement of the software keyboard has changed.

 

8. Changes to the Language settings

Country/region descriptions are added to some languages. Different Language settings may work better for certain functions such as the Google Assistant/voice search.

 

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Features No Longer Supported

 

1. Certain categories no longer appear when using the DISCOVER button (2016/2017 model):

Although these apps are still installed on the TV, their categories no longer appear when the DISCOVER button on the remote control is pressed. To access the apps, please use (Apps) in the Home menu instead.

  • Streaming channels
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • PlayMemories Online
  • Video (Home network)
    • USB remains the same, Video (USB).
    • For home network, select Video app from  (Apps) in the Home menu

 

2. PlayMemories Online

The PlayMemories Online service, originally included in the Album app, is no longer available.
(Applicable countries/regions: Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan)

 

3. Live Football mode (2016/2017 model) 

Live Football mode is removed from the Action Menu. Sports in Picture mode/Sound mode is suitable for watching football or other sports.

 

4. Wi-Fi Direct full-time standby function

Wi-Fi Direct no longer supports the full-time standby function. It connects only when the TV is in the Wi-Fi Direct standby screen.

 

5. IPv6 setup

IPv6 On/Off setting is removed. The TV now automatically supports IPv6.

 

6. Removal of the Assamese and Oriya languages from the language setting (2016/2017 model)

Among the languages of India, the Assamese and Oriya languages are removed. The previous setting of these two language choices will automatically be changed to English.

 

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Other Changes

 

1. Accessibility Shortcut: On/Off switch

Press and hold the (Muting) button on the remote control for three seconds to turn ON/OFF accessibility functions such as Screen reader or Text magnification.

 

2. Newly added supported formats

The following formats are added as supported formats for USB or home networks.

  • Photo: .arw (files for simple playback only)
  • Music: .ogg, .aac
  • Video: .mkv (VP9 Profile 0, Profile 2), .webm (VP9 Profile 0, Profile 2)
  • External subtitles: .sami, .txt

Playback capability depends on home network server specifications.

 

3. Removal of PlayStation™ Video from the lineup of pre-installed apps

PlayStation Video is removed from the lineup of pre-installed apps. If you want to use it, use the Play Store app to download and install PlayStation Video and then sign in to use it.
(Applicable countries/regions: Australia)

 

 

  WARNING:

  • Install the update at your own risk.
  • Follow the update instructions carefully.
  • After performing the update:
    • The software cannot be reverted to the previous version
    • Some settings may reset and need to be reconfigured.
    • You may need to update apps from Google Play, etc.
    • Apps for earlier OS versions may not work properly.

 

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