Sony Brings Android Marshmallow to New Versions of Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3+

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Sony devices have all been excellent when it comes to build quality.

However, the Japanese giant has been faced with issues of falling sales in recent years as it struggles to live up to the competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple. It may be surprising to see Sony struggle to improve their market share even with great devices in their line-up. One reason might be the lack of quick updates. Android marshmallow has been around since October. Many manufacturers, like Samsung, have already offered this update to their existing line of phones.

Yet, Sony has been unable to bring this feature to the likes of the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3+ although the recently launched flagship Xperia Z5 came with this operating system out of the box. Existing users of Sony Xperia devices have been left wanting for this new update for quite a while. It has finally started rolling out with several international versions receiving the update. Xperia Z2 (D6503), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803), and Xperia Z3 (D6603) were part of the beta program from Sony and these devices received the first iterations of Sony’s marshmallow.

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Now, other versions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 are now receiving the update. International models like the Xperia Z3 (D6653), Xperia Z2 (D6502), Xperia Z3 Compact (D5833) and Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) have also now started receiving the update.

Android offered two major improvements on the marshmallow update – the ability to control app permissions and plenty of battery saving features. The latter is expected to have cost Sony valuable time in integrating with the in-house Stamina mode. Sony provides the stamina mode in order to extend the battery life of its high end smartphones. The company has made it a priority to provide a full day of usage quite easily even for power users. A two-day battery life is often advertised by the Japanese giant.

Aside from the new features, Sony is also including the security patch released by Android in February. This, perhaps, is the single most important aspect about the update, which measures almost 1 GB in size. However, the update does not include the latest security patches released in March and April. As of now, not every region has been able to enjoy over the air (OTA) updates. A new camera interface is also expected to improve user experience.

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