New update (23.0.1.A.5.77) rolling for Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact [Update]

by XB on 11th December 2014

in Firmware, Xperia Z3 series


2hntm6vSony has released a new software update for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact that moves the build number from version 23.0.A.2.105 to 23.0.1.A.5.77. The update is currently rolling for the D6603/D6653 variants of the Xperia Z3 as well as the D5803/D5833 Xperia Z3 Compact variants.

Sony has not released the changelog for this new Android 4.4.4 KitKat software build, but we are told it includes the Portrait Retouch mode for the camera (as in the Xperia C3), plus a slightly newer version of the home launcher. However, we haven’t verified this for ourselves. If you have downloaded the update, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Update: Sony has posted the following changelog for this update:

– Enhanced audio volume in notifications and ringtones
– New Xperia™ camera app: Portrait retouch
– Improved Exchange ActiveSync performance
– Fine-tuned audio for speakerphone
– Stability and performance improvements

Screenshot_2014_12_11_12_28_09 2hntm6v

Thanks to all that sent this in!

  • Ben Ling

    Yes it does includes Xperia C3’s Portrait Retouch app.

    Although there’s a huge build number changes but same like the previous version.

    I ported them on my Xperia Z and works flawlessly

  • DBS

    Got nothing yet but got an update to the Album app

  • Galijot

    Same here just Album app. Stuck on 23.0.A.2.93

  • Ben Ling

    Home Launcher was actually same in the Z2’s 4.4.4 update but it was 7.0.A.1.5 version while the latest version is 7.0.A.1.7

    I checked almost all of the apk,yes most of them have a newer build but no any changes.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Wow i just emailed Admin…about the news

  • Aiden Pearce

    what is update size…

  • Sebastian Solaeche

    Why can’t I download it directly from my phone? It says I need to conect it to my pc

  • Aiden Pearce

    Downloading Now>>>>>

  • petrosv

    Hello! I am new to android,
    I’m coming from iPhone 5. I need to make a back up?

  • Filippo

    It finally hides all the updates of disabled applications. Nice!

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  • lovebmw

    yay downloading hehe

  • a.hamameh

    There is also an update for Album app I got it today on my Xperia Z2
    It’s bug fixes and performance improvement.
    I also noticed there is a new storage icon in folder view for each folder

  • Bur

    No, just update

  • Aiden Pearce

    Finished updating..liked the new home…

  • Nick

    Said it was updatinf the NFC firmware. Whatever that means…

  • tobbesweden

    Now the camera offers exif information, after taken a picture open it and choose information and there is info about iso and shutterspeed and focal lenght.

  • Esteban Jaramillo Bolivar

    Aaaa help me please, the damn thing says it’s only available for 23.0.1.A.5.77, my current build number is 23.0 .A. 2.93 and my model number is D5803 z3 compact

  • Esteban Jaramillo Bolivar

    Aaaa help me please, the damn thing says it’s only available for 23.0.1.A.5.77, but no buttons or anything at all to start the download, my current build number is 23.0 .A. 2.93 and my model number is D5803 z3 compact

  • Guest

    It does not tell, just show that there is an update available but when I tap it, nothing happens

  • Esteban Jaramillo Bolivar

    Same here

  • Aiden Pearce

    Hey my friend 23.0.1.A.5.77 is the latest one after you update not required version to update..you can update from old version to this new version just use the PC companion and rest it will do for you..

  • Sebastian Solaeche

    try via pc companion

  • Aiden Pearce

    Because the OTA updates are pushed later which depends upon various carriers…but Sony server are updated sooner so you need a PC…or else you can wait for some time to get the OTA

  • Aiden Pearce

    Hey my friend 23.0.1.A.5.77 is the latest one after you update not required version to update..you can update from old version to this new version just use the PC companion and rest it will do for you..

  • Aiden Pearce

    Wait For it…wait for it…

  • mooja

    The update can only be done via the pc. Maybe for now not yet via the phone directly.

  • mooja

    I think you should connect it to the Pc by Sony Pc companion. It should be able to get updated. I got the updated too. Unlocked from Jordan. :)

  • ayub407

    Is it available for Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633)?

  • Ayon Bhattacharya

    23.0.1.A.5.77 update removes the conflict between google now and the camera app…now when you start the camera app no error message comes up even if you have activated the “ok google” from any screen on google now

  • Sho Firdaus

    Hi does anyone know how to enable playmemories in the album app? I came from Z1 and had it when they updated the album app. after switching to Z3 there is no option anywhere to login/link to playmemories, i have updated to the latest album yesterday and still no go.

    found many similar cases but all are left hanging with no solution. could it be a regional feature?

  • Mohammed Al-Bakhbakhi

    Does anyone have a problem with the Z3’s Bluetooth? My smart-ass keeps disconnecting and reconnecting and same goes for my SBH80 headset

  • Rean&Fie

    really dont wana open the usb lid, I need a magnetic charge that allows data transfer!

  • Z3 COMPACT

    why it always take more than 7-8 hours to download updates

  • Z3 COMPACT

    post some screenshot

  • jonoave

    For safety, you should always do a back up before making any major changes or transfers to a new phone. It’s just in case, y’ know?

  • Smarve

    The phone seems somewhat snappier after this upgrade.

  • Niels d. G.

    because your connection sucks

  • Niels d. G.

    Has it fixed the problem of the persistent soft skin effect?

  • Amimanot

    Its updating the software for the nfc chip in the phone. Thats all

  • amimanot

    Unfortunately, the magnetic charger is only for charging… It doesn’t have the wiring for data transfer

  • A few software enhancements here and there on the launcher. Though, one thing is for certain, the interface is smoother, very optimized.

  • khagen

    what is the exact size of this update. could any one tell me. coz i am goona update through data. thanks

  • Niclas Fagerholm

    This was the only thing I really wanted fixed.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Approx 1.3Gb via PC companion.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Approx 1.3Gb via PC companion.

  • Aiden Pearce

    Use better internet connection also server might be busy..with 3G i finished in almost 45mins…

  • Aiden Pearce

    Use better internet connection also server might be busy..with 3G i finished in almost 45mins…

  • Aiden Pearce

    Install Play memories Online app from Play Store and there you have it…Login and it will integrate to your Album automatically…

  • Aiden Pearce

    Install Play memories Online app from Play Store and there you have it…Login and it will integrate to your Album automatically…

  • Z3 COMPACT

    True that :p

  • Aiden Pearce

    The magnetic cable only has connection to battery charging chip so not possible also you can wirelessly connect to PC once paired or try apps such as AirDroid which in my opinion is a pretty popular app which many features..Also if the future Xperia comes with integrated wireless charging we wont be getting that port(Although i wanted it to be present on Z3 without any expensive case nowhere to be available).

  • Aiden Pearce

    Did you update?

  • Z3 COMPACT

    Not yet 25 % downloading left

  • Aiden Pearce

    woah ur connection is really slow-mo…

  • Z3 COMPACT

    Nah actually today its faster than previous update i started hour ago now just 12% left

  • Aiden Pearce

    ohkhay well good luck updating…my fren..my fingers are crossed for 5.0

  • Z3 COMPACT

    I hope its stable saw it on friends nexus not so stable n I hate its notification bar

  • Z3 COMPACT

    I hope its stable saw it on friends nexus not so stable n I hate its notification bar

  • Aiden Pearce

    Nexus sucks….(no offence to owners)..Xperia UI will be far better as it is now and dont worry it will be stable…also i kinda like those material designs…

  • Z3 COMPACT

    I know we can expect best from Sony let’s see

  • Joe

    Back up photos but apart from that update

  • Str3amer

    Why bother, bring Lolliop already.

  • Z3 COMPACT

    well i didnt find anything new home screen feels lite smoth portrait retouch new photo editor n 2 new clock widget thts it

  • alex

    I don’t know why, but the update it’s big 1.3GB, i’m downloading right now from the PC

  • Alex

    I’m downloading it right now.. I’m new to Xperia Z3, i think it’s awesome, hope Sony increases it’s smartphone sales in 2015 because it’s a great smartphone!

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  • TCo

    I updated from 23.0.A.2.93 to this 23.0.1.A.5.77 and first change i noticed was much louder notification sounds. They were bit muted before at the same volume level. Also now i can hide Google search bar from home screen, but i doesn’t give more space so it’s useless feature.

  • jj

    Looks like the ok google bug got fixed, where activating ok google for all apps led to an error messages each time the camera app started.

  • Ali G

    Bluetooth connection with my car keeps dropping after update. WTF SONY??!

  • mooving

    It takes like forever to download the new update.
    It add option to hide Google search bar.
    Was hope that it will permanent removed it to expand the Z3c tiny screen

  • Pacific

    Hey, I haven’t updated yet, but can anyone tell me do we get movin applications to sd storage?

  • fishisnot

    i noticed when i turn on the “google now” voice command setting to open from any applications, my xperia keyboard sound will lag behind press.

    i wonder why,

    anybody face the same issue?

  • Gary

    I’ve experienced serious problems with battery drain and very poor quality when making normal phone calls. When speaking on the phone, perosns in the other end says that my voice is fading and difficult to hear. Experienced these two problems on two pcs Xperia Z3 Compact and with one Xperia Z1 compact (only battery drain after SW update in Ictober 2014,
    Anyone else experienced this?

  • Magnus Brodin

    I have the same problem with Smartwatch2, smart wirelessheadset pro and smartband. Lots of smart things there :-) Hope there is som improvement in the update.

  • Magnus Brodin

    Sounds like something i wrong. Just finished my uppdate under 30 min.

  • fribse

    Use the PC Companion software

  • Arnas

    But pink stain bug is still. We will live with this bug forever i think :-(

  • redX

    Before this update my e-mail notification tone was very low but after after update I can clearly feel notification tone is way louder, i haven’t checked it if it sounds from both speakers…but it surely louder than before…

  • Simo

    Me too

  • Liam Irwn

    Very glad to see that the Google Now/Camera conflict is resolved but disappointed that the Google Now/FM Radio conflict hasn’t been fixed. As long as Google Now is listening, the radio is muted. Hopefully they’ll fix this in their next update.

  • Gary

    this must be a software problem. I am also using the Sony Smarwear SW 30 and Smartwatch. When the drain problems occur, the telephone become very hot.
    But worse I think is that you cannot call and speak, this is scurity risk! It has been like this all time since October and many Software versions have been released durign this time, are they not able to solve it? Maybe change to another brand, but are they better??

  • mrninko

    Is it global or country limited update?

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  • Tor Bergan

    Hi Pacific
    Go to “settings” then “storage” then scroll down to the bottom and then push “transfer data to SD card” and your`e done. Good luck .:)

  • Tor Bergan

    Very strange ….I have updated a few hours ago, and my update to 23.0.1.A.5.77 was approx 135 Mb and lasted approx 5 min.
    I had 4.4.2. before update to 4.4.4 . From Norway , Good Evening :)

  • Tor Bergan

    Mine lasted only approx 5 min. via WiFi and was approx 135 Mb.
    Updated from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 ( 23.0.1.A.5.77 )
    Good evening from Norway :)

  • Yes. Three hours and still only 30% progress here!

  • Liam Irwn

    I wish it fixed the FM Radio and Google Now conflict. As long as Google is listening the radio is muted.

  • mode893

    That’s cool. Any serious imaging device should have this.

  • Ayon Bhattacharya

    Yup that’s true…let’s hope SONY fixes that…there is no audio even when the radio is on loud speaker.

  • stiv

    I had this problem but after a lot of frustration found a fix: go to Settings then apps and find the Phone app and clear the cache

  • Ashu

    Yes it is 1.3+ GB via PC companion.. (Didn’t know that and updated it on my Mobile network :-( ……)
    OTA’s are much smaller then PC companion updates.
    Next time will wait for OTA

  • lawrs

    I don’t think the z3 has this feature. It’s the only gripe of mine about the z3.

  • Hasan Ismahel

    I am in the UK and I havent recieved this update yet :(

  • Rean&Fie

    My phone had no pink strain before it got sent for maintance and the board got changed because of waterdamage, so I was unlucky to get a pink strained hardware, I dont believe software will change this, look at HTC M7 or M8

  • Rean&Fie

    After I updated, everything is good so far, app’s actually open faster? just one prob I notice on my Z3, It seems the double touch to wake the screen doesnt work properlly after it got updated, I want to down grade(LOL), I dont knw what that function is called, my phone is chinese.

  • Theo Krewinkel

    Battery drain like crazy and bad network connections after the latest update WTF!!

  • mrninko

    what is ur network provider?

  • Amimanot

    New Idea proposal: Wireless data transfer using the same components for wireless charging. It would be very useful for when you dont have a wifi connection.

  • Hasan Ismahel

    O2

  • Mikka

    Editing “contacts” now can be done without allways return to letter A after each change/control/delete..

  • Lazer72

    I’m also experiencing extreme battery drain, every couple of minutes it goes down 1%!! It’s there solution!? Any way to reverse the update? Is driving me crazy!

  • mrninko

    That’s odd, u shloud be able to update. Did u use pc companion or waitin for ota? Or try to flash it.

  • Awais

    Hey guys I updated my Z3 yesterday and was very sad to find out that the old Photo Editor is replaced with this feminine photo editor which has eye lashes eye balls skin softening effects and some other filters. I dont want that nor I am a woman who takes selfies lolz,
    I take picture of streets and landscapes every now and then and the old photo editor worked fine for me & my favorite features were Shadows, RGB curves, Vintage etc, Now with this new editor I can’t even adjust the brightness and contrast of the images.
    Can anyone tell he how to get that old editor back I really like it because unlike other editing apps it was accurate and smooth.
    I don’t whats going on with Sony seems like its more of a women phone now…

  • Egil

    Hi. I totally agree with you! The picture editor is almost useless now, as the powerful tools for editing images are gone. Also the useful options for applying a few selection of frames is removed. I hope Sony will add these features back, or I have to download separate apps.

  • tim

    Hey guys, in the screenshot above, there seems to be a Download button for the latest update. Does it onpy appear for certain devices? I’m using a Z3 D6653 and I don’t see that button…

  • Hasan Ismahel

    I am waiting for OTA but will try with pc companion and see what happens

  • Hasan Ismahel

    I checked pc companion and it said I am up to date. My software version is 23.0.A.2.105 on my xperia z3 so I don’t know what the delay is

  • Trapper

    Hey, respect women first! Second, even being not a man, I also am shocked about the new photo editor that is useless now. RBG curves and all this very manual balancing made me really happy. How to get back it? I wasn’t able to roll back to the previous editor… Anybody suggest an app that is alike?
    C’mon who ever needed to screw this perfect thing?!

  • Awais

    Where did I disrespected the women Genius??? what makes you think that

  • Awais

    I don’t hope because Sony is famous in doing these crazy things but all in all Z3 is great phone. but hey I am using Photo Editor this offers all those features but they are not good as Sony’s but worth a try until something better comes up.

  • mrninko

    sony changed .77 firmware as “global” but it takes a guite time while network providers release updates. hate t-mobile for that, it´s so sloooooooooow

  • 400

    Photo Editor? I can’t find any Photo Editor on my Z3… What’s the app called? Maybe i could extract it for you.

  • MrNobody

    you said women phone. -,-

  • MrNobody

    It’s okay to not backup. But if you’re paranoid or if you love a risk free life, backup before the update. BTW, welcome to the family.

  • MrNobody

    It appears according to your country and operator

  • MrNobody

    For security reasons, android blocked that. but on the next update,(Lollipop), You can transfer any app to your sd card.

  • Bleh

    everything was fine except the front camera: originally i dont have the soft skin effect but after the update the effect persists and i couldn’t frigging get rid of it!

  • Amimanot

    I think this update broke the update center. After repairing the software of my z3c through PC companion to this version, the update center insists on saying that there are no updates available, even though most sony apps (e.g album, walkman, movies, etc.) are clearly outdated. (esp. Movies, where the ui is clearly the old one)

  • Awais

    Open an image in Album, then tap on the opened image the 3 icons at the right bottom corner will appear
    Delete, Edit, and Favorite, the one in the middle is edit icon.

  • Awais

    & that means I’m disrespecting women???? “Facepalm”

  • zzzzzzzz

    Totally agree on this (the part about the photo editing app.) Give me back the curves editor dammit. Can’t believe the nerf-ed one of the best parts of the phone.

  • OSagnostic

    I believe this is also supposed to fix a slow WiFi network connection bug.

  • Alex Penaud

    Yeah, I have this issue too after flashing the new firmware via ftf file. I came back to the old firmware and it’s ok now :(

  • same problem here… especially when I put my headset under my rain hood… :-(

  • OSagnostic

    Its there on my Z3 compact.

  • bel57

    Same for me, I want it back… I like the camera addon, but Sony shouldn’t have deleted the original editor and replacing it by Somc.China.Photo.Editor. No settings at all, must be a joke.

  • Robin

    I have just downloaded build number 23.1.A.1.49 on my sony z3 compact D5833 which I assumed was the latest.

  • Benjamin Chandra

    Is this update fix the pink spot problem ( z3 compact )

  • AzzajayBrah

    That’s an ignorant thing to say. Just because it’s not a major update, doesn’t mean it’s useless. Bug fixes are important, and essential to having a bug free UI. I don’t want Lollipop now, I want it when it’s stable and ready. Have a look at the 5.0 AOSP update, it’s a buggy mess with launcher redraws, memory leaks, wifi connection issues, and no silent mode. If you’re gonna do something, do it right.

  • LOLDUDE

    That wasn’t diserespectful you lunatic. Stop looking for oppression where there isn’t any.

  • Audun

    I’m also noticing the increased battery use. Suddenly I have to charge every night again instead of every other night. Are the Sony programmers complete incompetent morons, or do they do this on purpose to make us buy the Z4 Compact as soon as it comes out???

    Any way to roll back to the previous version without root or unlocked bootloader?

    Cheers
    Audun

  • Alex Penaud

    You can without loosing your DRM keys :

    – First download via Xperifirm your firmware for your model, and your country, and maybe your carrier.
    – Then make a ftf file (without TA partition)
    – Then flash the ftf with flashtool to your Z3/Z3c and done !

  • Amimanot

    What firmware ver type it is? (is it uk? Us?) and could you share the ftf? I can’t seem to find the ftf anywhere

  • Alex Penaud

    It’s the D5803 (check your model) 23.0.A.2.105 UK firmare because mine is a UK unbranded Z3 compact :)

    If you want you can download your old firmware with xperifirm.

    If you want to install the .105 UK firmware which is working perfectly :

    (I’m uploading it, I will edit this post in a few minutes)

  • Amimanot

    Wait, you could download old firmwares via Xperifirm? I thought you could only download the latest ones.

    Well, I was hoping to look for the D5803 Customized US 23.0.A.2.93 firmware, but i couldn’t find it anywhere. According to XperiFirm, only the 23.0.1.A.5.77 firmware could be downloaded. I guess I could try yours, are there any differences between the UK and the US versions? Other than the Wireless Emergency Alerts system in the US firmware

  • ShaunTheSheep

    Yes, that’s exactly what it means. “A women might like pretty little eyelashes and lovely skin softening, but us men? Hah! We’re too busy killing people and blowing shit up! Where’s my manly photo editor! I need to add some tanks!”

  • ShaunTheSheep

    It’s because you can’t see it that makes you part of the problem. Whenever you differentiate between men and women ask yourself if you’re doing it because of some intrinsic difference, or just because “that’s what everyone else does”.

  • ShaunTheSheep

    If this update fixes/improves apps (like photo editor) or drivers, then they’ll apply to Lollipop too. Some of these fixes probably predate lollipop source being released.

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  • Awais

    Are you really that dumb of pretending to be one??? either way you got some serious mental problems son

  • Awais

    Are you really that dumb or pretending to be one??? either way you got some serious mental problems son

  • Raw

    Me too man i want that old editor back this doesn’t even has the basic adjustment tools what a stupid move from sony

  • Raw

    Wow!!! have you even read his first post or you just jumped in the middle of conversation to save women’s honor? That guy is no where being disrespectful to women nor he’s saying anything wrong but asking for a fix to get the old photo editor back which to me a 100% fair cause that new crappy editor is totally directed to women who take selfies . God damn you a total moron.

  • ayub407

    Why isn’t Sony is not releasing this update for Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633)? :(

  • Jim

    Um…just got the update here in Canada and the ok google problem still persists?

  • Michael Gauß

    But missed to fix the corporate wifi connection issues…

  • Great!

  • kazyla

    Wow, I am so annoyed. Xperia had one of the best photo editors. What on earth did they do¿ curves are gone and you can’t even adjust brightness. I agree with the guy who wrote about selfies. Sorry, I am a girl and I am insulted by the new photo editor.! Sony, I don’t want to add a bloody diamond to my picture! Where can we send them our comments on how shit this is? I would totally consider returning my phone now unless I can find a good editor for my pics for z3 compact. Any recommendations would be great.

  • D.

    I bought this phone – Z3 Compact – 5 days ago , without reading the sony forum unfortunately . It already has the new update installed in it , but the soft skin effect it`s Not gone :( even with the effect disabled , the soft skin effect it is still there when taking a pic :(

  • Sho Firdaus

    Geez i totally forgot i had a disqus account lol.. Will try it out thanks!

  • discerning.user

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    sewage is being downloaded directly to you, so you can devour it with relish. That is the reason why your brain has become a cesspool of fecal matter, which oozes out of all your orifices as you speak. It also explains your mongloid disposition.

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