Sony, after officially communicating globally that it is releasing the software update for some of its 2018 TVs to install Android 9 Pie and be compatible with both Homekit and Airplay 2, is now updating the European models after the first round on those USA.
The news had been announced at CES 2019 and reaffirmed at IFA 2019 but only today the procedure has been started to bring the features to some TVs.
To update, press the Help button on the remote control and select Updating the system software. The software will be released progressively and a certain date for a specific model will not be established: if you have pre-selected the automatic update, you will be notified when it is ready to be installed.
The compatible TVs according to the Sony support page are those of the seriesZF9, ZG9, XG85 / XG87 and XG95. The Bravia Master Series OLEDs of the AF9 and AG9 series will be updated in early 2020.
Apple on its compatibility page lists these abbreviations
- Sony ZG9 series (2019) –Presented
- Sony AG9 series (2019) –Presented
- Sony XG950G series (2019) –Presented
- Sony XG850 series (2019, 85 ″, 75 ″, 65 ″ and 55 ″ models) –Presented
In Italy, for example, this 65-inch OLED with TOP features is expected to benefit from the update in 2020: Sony KD65AF9 OLED 65 ″ 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Smart TV Wi-Fi Black
In the update instructions Sony lists the possibilities of Aiplay 2 such as multi-instance audio streaming and video streaming from Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Operation under Homekit should be the same as already active in LG TVs (see our guide) with the possibility of turning the TV on and off as well as selecting the AV input.
Integration will also come with the update Dolby Atmos through the internal speakers with the possibility of activating a dedicated and automated Sound mode.