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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Upgrade Release Date for Sony Xperia Z5, Z4, Z3 Series Smartphones

( [email protected] ) Oct 12, 2015 07:51 PM EDT
User of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3 series will rejoice with news that Sony is planning to update those devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Sony's new Xperia Z4 smartphones are displayed at the company headquarters in Tokyo April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

User of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3 series will rejoice with news that Sony is planning to update those devices to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Japan-based tech giant confirmed that the following devices will get Android Marshmallow in the future:

  • 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

Be warned, rollouts are always phased process. That means not everyone will receive their updates on the same day. Happily, Sony has been good about keeping consistence with update announcements.

This summer for instance, Sony users were quick to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop. he update is also available for Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Naturally, it took awhile for U.S. carriers to start introducing Android 5.1 Lollipop to their versions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2.

Wireless providers usually need to conduct extensive testing before a new operating system is rolled out to subscribers. On the other hand, users with unlocked devices will get their updates first.

What Does Android Marshmallow Bring to the Table?

Amongst new features include Android Pay and fingerprint support, which theoretically improves consumers security when purchasing with the device.

Naturally, we wouldn't know how secure this practice will be until later. Android Marshmallow is just starting to be released on Google's proprietary Nexus series.

Also, the top four most recently used apps will now appear on the top menu. App Drawer has been improved with a new interface with vertical scroll instead of horizontal.