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When Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow rolled out, users were obviously excited and started inquiring when they might get the release. Sony Mobile confirmed as early as February 2016 that it was still working on the update and that Xperia device users should expect news in the next couple of weeks. The announcement was also in line with the news that the version would be rolling out on the 7th of March for the Xperia Z5 series, Z4 Tablet and Z3+.

Well, the wait came a bit later as Sony Mobile commenced the Android Marshmallow rollout in April. Two of the models that were given the rollout were the Xperia Z2 and Z3 series. Specifically the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Xperia Z3 (D6603) and Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803).

Updates included in the Marshmallow release were the Camera 2.0.0 user interface as well as the February Android security patch level release.

Where does that leave the Sony Xperia Z1? Well, it’s best to turn to the official source to see whether a device is getting the update or not. According to Sony Mobile’s official post, they would be making Android version 6.0 available for the following devices:

  • Xperia Z5
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5 Premium
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia M5
  • Xperia C5 Ultra
  • Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Xperia C4

Why was the Z1 series left off the list?

While it is disappointing that Z1 users won’t get to feel the excitement of other Xperia users, it always seemed clear that the model won’t be getting the new Android versions. Why is that? Well, the Z1 handsets were launched in 2013 and they are quite old for an update, put simply.

Even more painful, the latest Android version – Nougat – is now available for select Sony Xperia models.

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