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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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T Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z3 gets OTA to Lollipop plus a few nice tweaks from the carrier

Sony Xperia Z3  from T Mobile is finally getting its own OTA to Lollipop and it gets something more thrown in the mix too! T Mobile’s customized Xperia Z3 is getting to Android 5.0 and it’s helped by a feature allowing enabling access to band 12, a 700MHz LTE band the US carrier has been using since the beginning of 2015.

 

Xperia z3

 

Apart from getting to Lollipop, the Z3 is also getting the band 12 support and minor VoLTE improvements and device stability fixes. The OTA is getting out there in waves, so it may take a few days to get yours if you have such a device from T Mobile. This change brings the device to build number 23.1.C.0.385 and it comes exclusively over Wi-Fi connections, therefore you can check your Sony PC Companion Windows program if you want to manually upgrade.

Remember: any root or recovery mods will most likely make the update fail, and after updating, any changes will make the phone ineligible for updates.

Source: T Mobile

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Sony announces Xperia Z3+ for the global market

Sony just announced the Xperia Z3+ for the global market, but wait! It is just a renamed Xperia Z4 for the Japanese market, a device announced a few weeks back. This change for the global market is a decent one, especially considering that Z4 or Z3+ – however you want to call it – is not a big improvement from the previous Z3 model in terms of specs.

 

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Sony Xperia

 

Sony Xperia Z3+ looks just like a usual Z3 and it only has a few extra speaker grills and slots. It gets a capless MicroUSB port without a cap, despite the device being waterproof. It’s slimmer than previous models (6.9mm) and has a smaller battery (2930 mAh) than the 3100 mAh used in the Z3. The device presents Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 technology which allows for faster charging though. You win some you lose some, I guess.

 

 

What you get under the chassis is a 5.2” 1080p display plus a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and a 20.7MP camera (with brand new ISO12800 sensitivity). The front camera jumped from a 2.2MP sensor to 5MP and now has wide-angle and digital stabilization. The default option for the new Sony smartphone is 32GB as opposed to previous models which sported 16GB minimum.

 

Xperia Z3+

 

Sony Z3+

 

There will be two Z3+ options available, one with single SIM with LTE cat6 and a dual SIM one with LTE cat4 support. They will run on Lollipop and will be available in white, aqua green, copper and black.

There’s no word on pricing, supported operators and a clear release date at this time.

Source: SonyMobile via AndroidPolice

 

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Android Lollipop update reaching Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2 and Z2 Compact tablet

Android Lollipop is finally rolling out to more Sony devices, including Xperia Z3 tablet Compact, Z2 and Z2 tablet. The updates already started in the Baltic and Nordic regions and they will follow through to the rest of the world shortly.

 

Xperia Z3 tablet

 

 

Z3 Tablet Compact both WiFi (SGP612 and SGP611) and the LTE versions are getting the update, along with the 16GB WiFi (SGP511) and LTE (SGP521) Z2 Tablet. The 32GB WiFi (SGP512) Z2 Tablet version will follow shortly.

Xperia Z2 is also getting the Lollipop treatment starting from the Nordic and Baltic regions.

Source: Xperiablog

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Sony to continue upgrading the Z line to Android 5.0: Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact OTA rollout starts today

Sony announced long ago that they would update all their Z line smartphones to Android 5.0 and they have already started the process. The most recent additions to the increasing Lollipop family are Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. The OTAs are already rolling out to devices in the Baltic and Nordic countries and, in the next two weeks, all other shares of the world should join in on the fun.

 

Sony Lollipop

 

Android 5.0  Sony Xperia changelog:

  • Fresh, streamlined looks – based on Google’s material design, but retaining our minimalistic approach to interface and application design
  • New look notifications and lock screen – with fully customizable settings, so you only get the information you really need
  • Multi user profiles and guest mode – making it easy for family and friends to use your device, or the creation of dual environments for work and play…
  • Android for Work – not only are business-ready Xperia smartphones and tablets unique devices for work – with waterproof form factors, great battery life and productivity features – they will now also be part of the Android for Work ecosystem
  • Better storage control and customization – with the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – giving you more control over your content, particularly useful for devices with slightly less space

 

 

Sony brings to attention the fact that the rollout schedule could be modified in accordance to markets or carriers. This means that carriers could hold up the OTA for months in order to test it. Unlocked devices are free from this hassle though.

Source: Sony Mobile