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Sony adds Android 6.0 AOSP binaries, including files for Xperia Z5

Sony recently released the AOSP Android Marshmallow binaries for the open devices and Xperia Z5 is included. Unlike other OEMs, Sony recently decided to empower its devices with unlockable bootloaders and if you do own one of these smartphones or tablets, you will find it easier to flash AOSP ROMs on your device. The Marshmallow-based AOSP binaries for almost all Sony devices are out now and you will be able to find them via the source link below.


Sony Marshmallow binaries


The most important of all devices is Sony Xperia Z5, one of the better smartphones out there. It is distinct from the previous Sony smartphones like Xperia Z3+/ Z4, mainly because it is free from the previous devices’ overheating issues. Its design is much improved as well, making it one of the slimmest and most beautiful smartphones of 2015. This smartphone is now open to tweaking, modding and after-marketing too. If you own one of the Xperia devices that can be unlocked, then you too can start flashing Android 6.0 AOSP on your smartphone.


Which Sony Xperia devices get AOSP binaries?


Below you can find a list with the devices getting AOSP binaries for Android 6.0:


  • Xperia T3
  • T2 Ultra
  • Xperia M2
  • Xperia E3
  • Xperia Tablet Z
  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • Z Ultra
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z2
  • Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia Z2 Compact
  • Xperia Z3
  • Z3 Tablet
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z4
  • Xperia Z3+
  • Xperia Z4 Tablet
  • Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Xperia Z5.


There is a nice list of devices getting the Marshmallow treatment, and it is all the more impressive as this list also takes into consideration tablets and smartphones as old as 4 or 5 years that are getting the treatment. Even if the older devices will not be as fast and smooth-running, they will still run the software, which is more than what we can say about other OEMs (LG, HTC, Samsung for example).


Source: Sony Mobile

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Which Sony Xperia devices get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow treatment?

These are the Sony Xperia devices that are getting the Android 6.0 Marshmallow treatment! Since Google already released the factory images and OTAs for the Nexus devices so now it’s time for other smartphone makes to announce the devices they are picking for upgrades.


Sony Xperia Android 6.0 update
Sony is rather good at rolling out updtes, even if they mostly come much later than what happens with other device makers. The Android 6.0 plans for Sony Xperia devices go as far back as Xperia Z2.


Here is the full list for Sony Xperia devices that update to Android 6.0:


  • 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.


There’s no news on WHEN the update will come to any of these devices, so stay tuned! We’ve got you covered as soon as we find out!

Source: Sony Mobile

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Flashtool utility update available to all Xperia devices

Flashtool is a necessity for Sony Xperia device owners who like to tinker and bake their devices. This utility was made by “Androxyde” and it is used when you want to flash any kind of firmware on your Xperia device. Now it has been updated and it supports all Xperia devices as a result.





This new version combines old flashing methods with no script with the new method by asking the utility to automatically look for the existence of a script. If it does not detect any Flashtool script, it will recur to defaulting the old method and it will support old and new Xperia smartphones.





Flashtool is preferred by Sony users because of its versatility. Sony’s own flashing utility will allow you to easily upgrade the firmware while the tool itself will let you upgrade to the version you like best. Just in case you have an unlockable bootloader, you can use the unlocker you will find within this utility.


You can find the Flashtool utility download links on the developer’s official website. You should use the newest version, but keep an eye out for the specific instructions from the source link as things may get a little messy after installing.


Source: Xperia Blog


Sony to launch new smartphone on August 3rd

Sony is ready to launch a new smartphone on August 3rd, as they recently mentioned on their Twitter account. While there is no official news yet, rumors point at a new Ultra Xperia C5 being launched next week.





The tweet hints at a great camera with a new auto-focus system, but the image bears no possible details or teasers regarding Sony’s new smartphone. Other leaks suggest that the Ultra C5 will have a 5.5” full HD display and it is supposed to be running on a MediaTek MT6752 64-bit SoC with an octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM.


Sony tweet



Sony really needs a break after the disappointing year it had in terms of selling smartphones, as their sales in the mobile department have crumbled. The phone is supposed to have two 12MP cameras with the Sony IMX230 sensor.


Source: Firstpost

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Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2 lines get update to Android 5.1

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z2 devices are getting Android 5.1. The rollout will be made in batches, which means you may have to wait a little while for your device to get it, but it is comin’. If you have an Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, or Z2 tablet, rejoice for you are among the first Sony owners to get Android 5.1.

Sony Xperia Z3

This is the official changelog of the OTA:

  • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function

  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronization in your Calendar

  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions

  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work

  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button


If you have any of the mentioned devices, you can check for an update now, but be patient because you may get delays related to regional availability and carriers. The Z1 series, M2, C2, T2 Ultra and Z series will get their Android 5.1 update in the following weeks.


Source: Sony via Androidpolice

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Sony announces OTA to Android 5.1 for all Xperia Z devices starting july

Sony recently announced it will start updating its devices to Android 5.1 in July. This includes most smartphones and tablets from the Xperia Z line and some mid-range models are thrown in there for god measure too.




This update works with devices that are already updated to Android 5.0 and that means all Z series devices plus their compact versions – Z, Z1, Z2, Z2 Compact, Z3, Z3 Compact among them. The Z tablets will also be updated. The surprises getting this update are Xperia T and C3 which will also jump from Android 5.0 to 5.1.


The OTA will begin rolling out in July but it will take some time to get to all regions.

Sony will also update Xperia M2 and M2 Aqua from KitKat to Lollipop 5.1. This OTA will begin after all the above Z devices are up to date though, so there’ s some waiting to be had there.

Source: Sony