The Android 6.0 Marshmallow has rolled out to the Xperia Z5 family, but only in a few countries. Now, Sony is gathering feedback from its Xperia users, before releasing the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update and recently, the company has launched a special program called “Concept for Android”. Sony is moving slower because it’s not one of Google’s OEMs, like Motorola, which already upgraded its Moto X 2015 and Moto G 2015 and now it’s rolling out the latest firmware to its Moto G 2014 in India.
Sony needs to polish the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the Xperia models that have been accepted to receive the official software, but until that will happen, the users will be able to give feedback through the Xperia Beta Program called “Concept for Android.” The Xperia users who are accepted in this beta program will have access to a pre-release beta version of Marshmallow, so if you want to be part of this program, hurry up and enroll. The Xperia Beta Program for Android can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store and it will work on any Xperia device that runs on at least Android 5.0 Lollipop, such as Xperia Z3 (D6603), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803) and Xperia Z2 (D6503). If you’ll notice any issues while running the program, you can report them directly to the developers, through Sony’s open channel.
The latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is currently being pushed out to the second generation Moto G in India, after Motorola has finished the soak testing that started on January 22. Soon, the users from Brazil and other countries will receive this update, which brings many changes and features, such as Doze, app permissions, Google Now on Tap, support for fingerprint scanners etc. Motorola has ditched Moto Assist in favor of Do Not Disturb, a functionality that is available for Android.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes also the App Standby feature, which extends the battery life by putting rarely used applications into a reduced activity state. Another big change is related to the extension of the device internal storage, allowing users to install applications on the SD card.
In case you haven’t been notified that the update is available for your device, you can manually install it by going to the apps menu > Settings> About phone, where you will select System updates, then tap on “Yes, I’m in”.
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