Like many Android users all over the world, Sony smartphone owners are looking forward to the day when the much-awaited Android 6.0 Marshmallow would be released. Fortunately, it seems that they don’t have to wait for a long time since the update’s release date is said to be just around the corner.
In fact, many people who own the Sony Xperia Z5 in Canada have reported that they have received the Marshmallow update through OTA. Unfortunately, these users have downloaded Marshmallow 6.0.0, not 6.0.1 (the latest version of Marshmallow that contains the new emoji pack). This means that they don’t yet have access to the latest emojis including the much-awaited unicorn and taco. Several users also mentioned that they have problems with accessing the Google Play Store since they downloaded the update, so those who have not yet received the update may want to see if the problem gets fixed before they download it.
In the U.S., several media outlets ha reported that Android 6.0 Marshmallow was to be released on March 7. However, it seems that the rollout was staggered and that different locations would receive the update at different times, which explains why not all U.S. Sony users have received the update even though March 7 has come and gone.
This delay isn’t really surprising since Sony is known for being one of the last companies to release Android updates for their phones in the past. However, this time around, it seems that Sony has at least one excuse for it: they have been running a Marshmallow Beta for older hardware (such as those found in Xperia Z2, Z3, and Z3 Compact) and finding out of the new OS has any problems before releasing it to the public.
Unfortunately, the Beta had bugs that caused problems, such as Bluetooth-related audio issues and the Double Tap to Wake feature not functioning at all times. The good thing about this is that Sony has been made aware of these problems and have promised to work on them to ensure they won’t be present in the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Despite these issues, many Sony smartphone users will still want to download the Marshmallow update because it’s expected to boost phones’ performance. It will bring about the Doze feature, which increases smartphones’ standby time and improves battery life. It’s also expected to improve the copy-paste function and allow users to store their passwords in Chrome.