In the past years, Sony has struggled to sell its Xperia devices, because of Samsung and Apple, who hold strong market share, but another reason why the Japanese giant is not doing so well is because it releases updates for its phones much later after Google pushes them out. Marshmallow has arrived in October 2015 and Samsung is currently rolling out this update to its flagships all over the world, but Sony wasn’t able to bring it to its Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3+ until now.
So far, Sony has rolled out the Android Marshmallow update to its Xperia Z2 (D6503), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803) and Xperia Z3 (D6603), which were included in the beta program and now, the international variants of Xperia Z3 (D6653), Xperia Z2 (D6502), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5833) and Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) are getting this firmware.
Android Marshmallow came with many improvements and new features, and the most important ones are: granular control over the permissions each and every application requires (applications will no longer automatically access parts of your device, such as camera, microphone or location), Doze – the battery saver which restricting applications’ access to network and CPU-intensive services when the screen is off; Google Now on Tap, which analyzes the content on the smartphone screen and provides cards with relevant information.
Sony has added its own power management setting called Battery STAMINA Mode, which reduces background activities of most applications when the screen is off, extending the standby time of the Xperia device by at least four times. Moreover, the camera interface has been tweaked, so users will have a better experience. The update for Xperia Z3 and Z3+, which weighs almost 1GB, contains the February Android security patch, not those released in March and April. Users will receive the new update over the air, but not in all regions.
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