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A Marshmallow Build Is Rolling Out To The Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2 Xperia, Only Beta Participants Will Receive It

Sony intends to upgrade most of its Xperia devices, and the first device that received the new Marshmallow update was the Xperia Z5. The upgrade process continues with the Xperia Z5 Compact, and now, the Xperia Z5 Premium is waiting to receive this firmware. Soon, more Xperia phones will run on Marshmallow, so the owners of a Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2 must be prepared to “taste” the sweetness of Google’s new operating system.

The members who participate in the Xperia Beta program are now testing out the Android 6.0.1 build on their Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2 smartphones. This beta release will be available only in these European countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK, through a program that was released a few months ago.

The users have received the build number 23.5.A.0.486, but it brings security patches only up until December 2015, wile the 6.0 ROM running on the Z5 and Z5 Compact contains security patches until February 2016. The explication why older Xperia models have received early builds is because they were intended as beta test for future OTAs on them.

Some of the features that will be found in Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow have been introduced in version 6.0 and they include Google Now on Tap, Doze, better app permissions, improvements to the Chrome browser etc. In addition, Sony is using its own software, bringing a new Xperia Launcher and an overhaul for the camera application (2.0.0 UI). It is worth mentioning that the STAMINA mode has been removed and the users can’t install applications on the microSD card, because this option isn’t available. Other removals are related to the app setting that allowed the users to put all applications on the home screen.

It isn’t known when the beta testing will end.