Here is Android Lollipop running on the Xperia Z3 [Video]

by XB on 2nd March 2015

in Android, Firmware, Videos, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Lollipop_3Today Sony unveiled two of its newest devices – the Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia Z4 Tablet – both which are running Android Lollipop. If you head over to YouTube you will find numerous videos of how Lollipop runs on Sony’s latest hardware.

However, we know what you really want to see is Lollipop on current handsets. Well, a video (in Italian) from MWC has emerged showing Android Lollipop running on the Xperia Z3.

This particular Xperia Z3 is running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with build number 23.1.A.0.632. The video confirms the new Lollipop home, back and recent keys that Sony will use, along with the new rebranded Music app. The notification menu is very similar to stock Android and you can edit your quick settings by tapping an icon in the notification tray.

Performance looks very zippy in what appears to be a final (or near final) release of the software. We’ll bring you word as soon as we hear anything official on a release date.

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Update: Here is another video.

Thanks Serajr!

  • Parabolek

    Looks nice! But why we have to wait so long?

  • Tan Keeyong

    First to comment !

  • i love lollipop

  • Diogo Simões

    I’m in love with the camera icon

  • Tsakane

    “Sony’s taking time to make a whole new UI” lol; look at that. Look at what we’re getting. The wait really wasn’t worth it. That’s disgusting.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So true man. I love the new icon, When I saw it I was like awesome that’s so nice. Hope we get Camera2 APIs as well :D

  • SONY™

    Sony is the best

  • frost

    Yea Sony hurry up a little, we are really eager for the lollipop update :) I love my z3 compact but promise is a promise;-)

  • Stanley Lu

    Hmmm close all button in recent apps is gone.

  • Brimob > TNI

    Get a nexus and f off

  • SONY™

    U can download theme for ur XPERIA PHONE from play STORE NO NEED TO CHANGE “UI”

  • the notification drawer is still ugly tho :(

  • Faisal Armand


  • Tsakane

    My main issue is that obtrusive “small apps” thing in the multi tasking screen.

  • SONY™

    No I think it’s look good

  • Jacen23

    So “Walkman” really is “Music” now?

  • Marlish

    update is not worth the wait.
    Little changes :(

    Atleast its 5.0.2 no bugs so yeah :)

  • Marlish

    Yeah i guess so :P

  • Marlish

    It will be a major improvement in the next android version.

  • P9

    best icons ever in Android story yet.

  • Olger Shaqiraj

    Nothing new

  • DBS

    Yeah I hate it. The Xperia Theme Creator better fully support Lollipop otherwise that bright and colourful thing is not coming anywhere near my Z3C. Actually…even if it can, I don’t think I’m updating it unless Sony has put “move apps to SD card” back. The new notification tray is horrible, and the new multitasking is a mess.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So true I need move apps to SD as well. that’s one main feature we’re missing out.

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    The lock screen also being change. Near to nexus stock lockscreen.

  • Yash Keshan

    Sony Xperia News asked people to tag #AskSony to ask questions about the Xperia Z4 Tablet and The Xperia M4 Aqua to Jun Makino on Twitter, but all the questions you see are about the release of Lollipop update!
    If you are on twitter please you also #AskSony lets make them answer!

  • jumbo3220

    Lollipop on Z3 uses Linux Kernel 3.4 while new Z4 Tablet and M4 Aqua Use Linux kernel 3.10 which is good for battery life , Strange :

  • SONY™

    Samsung Galaxy S6 uses a Sony IMX240 camera sensor….

  • Ramzan Akhmatov

    hahahah so true , i asked about the same thing xD i hope they answer us

  • serendipity1002

    Except for Sony’s Camera and maybe audio engine, I think i’ll stick with Cm12 for my Z Ultra. The UI as demonstrated in this video looks like an unfinished product and not much as “revamped” as you should expect of a large upgrade.

  • xConjo

    They already said it will be this month, if you want a specific date they’ll probably tell you March 31

  • Jacen23

    Guess is to fit the new Playstation Music brand, same for “Video” maybe.

  • Ravi

    Only z3? what is about others? You are really too late to give us the first impression of lollipop.

  • Yash Keshan

    Well then it will be my Birthday Gift!! xD

  • shhh

    Wait, when was the Movies app renamed as “Video”?

  • Ça?atay

    OMG IT’S A “CRAP!”

  • Sam Vermilion

    I thought you only love Sony ?

  • ..

  • Zombie Boi

    Fuck that Small app bar, it makes recent apps page looks ugly

  • padaf

    that retard isnt showing the lock screen

  • ash

    Anything else my lord? By purchasing just one mobile you just purchased the whole sony.

  • Music? What happened to the Walkman app tho?

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I need you in a box sent to me too :P

  • Ali Bach-Tobji

    Roll it out for z3 and z2

  • Any word on if the camera app has manual focus in Lollipop?

  • Deki

    Interesting! I like it from this view. Maybe it will be better when I got the update.

  • Dan Makwana

    I love lamp

  • Carls Alvin

    That smalls apps bar should be redisegned or put an option for hide it!

  • Abdelrahman Khairy

    “Socialife News” app in material design

  • Damon Adrian

    There’s this thing called themes change the colors

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    The lockscreen on other clips show pretty much the same stock lockscreen of lollipop, no more fancy effect – animation like before :(

  • Steve Forbes

    No close all!! Bring it back!!

  • Hugo Mathee

    You can disable it via ADB, without root

  • David Hvatov

    Nowadays sony suck ass.

  • carmelous

    After watching this video and reading some things about Lollipop that I did not like (for example the reduction of battery life in most cases), I think that I will NOT update my Z3C!

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    So many negative – disappointing feedbacks on the update not to mention the Music-WALKMAN thing :( Yet we still have to wait for so long for that. And Sony said back when Halloween that this would be all treat no trick :(

  • Yep, graphically it is a big step forward compared to kitkat

  • Dan Makwana

    The S5 and G3 use the older Kernel too so I don’t think it’ll be too much of an issue.

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Now I am heart broken after the long wait…I was so eager to see what sony would do with the drop down notification….i so fell inlove with what HTC did with there’s
    What is the idea of ditching Walkman log to music? Why goin back and forth from the xperia arc days
    Am really not excited anymore…Just give me xperia z4 before the exist

  • Devashish Shukla

    status bar looks duplicate as stock no changes why sony

  • Yash Keshan

    All i can see is Jun Makino ignoring the questions regarding the update!

  • Doubleyoupee

    But who uses camera icon on Xperia devices??
    Almost all have hardware camera button to open camera ……..

  • Chitti- The Robot

    Sony always provides near to stock Android Experience without any bloatware or hassle.

  • Tochi Nwodu

    Really I thought they decided to make there’s…sick sammy

  • Yash Keshan

    Ok so sony Jun says that they are still doing final testing! U… Haven’t we been hearing that since Jan?

  • ThisiIsn’t a problem, because isn’t a real multitasking but is a application history.

  • Pi

    I agree Small app bar is annoying hopefully Sony will redesign the whole UI again for the Xperia Z4

  • Zaryab Khan

    Will miss you walkman

  • Hassandroid

    I love chocolate more (especially kitkat ;)

  • DanielGearSolid

    You’re literally gonna miss the letters “w a l k m a n” ?

    because besides that its gonna funciton the same way lol

  • Sam Albalushi

    Wtf!! The camera ui is same all thing is same

  • Chitti- The Robot

    But the name ” Walkman” sounds cool and makes it apart from stock player.

  • el_sur

    That’s a spicy meat-uh balleh!

  • ozanyalcn45

    Walkman is gone?? Wtf i am realy love this app. Stupid ceo!!!

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    People who don’t want to jump straight into Superior Auto

  • rubinaish

    Almost all, yet the Z has not. And I know plenty people using it.

  • Damon Adrian

    i’m glad i waited.not dissapointed. z1c

  • WilliamTell13

    Here’s screenshots of Lollipop on Xperia devices, including lock screen…

  • Chris

    Wish people would slow down a bit when they’re demoing stuff!

  • Dion

    Waiting for Timel….

  • mUSICA

    social news already has that new icon on playstore update

  • Kabuto Kouji

    nice lockscreen, i think it´s pretty cool! thanx for sharing.

  • lollipop

    IT will be any performance in games? Speed or quality? Thx.

  • Nino

    Without any bloatware , xD?? My Z2 has map full of bloatware (news from sony ,sony select, whats new….) :|

  • Nino

    Do you have link for tutorial or smthing?

  • Ritwij

    Yes. We will miss the name. It’s the coolest thing Sony has ever made. Also, ‘Music’ is quite lame.

  • Ritwij

    Yeah. It’s blazing fast! This is the first time I’m experiencing an Xperia so fast. ( I’ve been owning Xperias since 2011.)

  • TimmY


  • DanielGearSolid

    I guess…

    But I gotta say. PlayStation is the coolest Sony ever made!

  • Ritwij

    Totally forgot! Yeaahhhh. PlayStation FTW.

  • DBS

    There’s this thing called Material Design that’s horrible and responsible for the criticisms I made regarding notification tray and multitasking and that can’t be fixed with a theme. Not even with a launcher.

  • Hans

    All i really care for is the new camera API,
    i hope they implemented it

  • Pickicool

    What is the problem? O.o

  • mrninko

    not gone, just renamed

  • mrninko

    man it´s just name. but be happy they didnt call it sounds:D

  • mrninko

    it´s the same app, but just renamed

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  • xConjo

    Here’s another video, they presented it as M$ aqua but if you look carefully it’s actually a Z3.

  • Luca Pugliese lollipop on z3c :)

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  • sAs


  • keno carl reyes

    It’s the closest to stock as it could be! Can’t wait

  • Fempter

    I believe that Camera in Android 5.0 in Xperia Z2 will be less laggy :)

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  • Khaled

    Nice find! This gave us our first look at newly updated Album, Video, Music and Dialer in action. Like I thought, Music app is exactly the Walkman app but got renamed. Even though I like the Walkman name but I think its a smart move from Sony to rename to Music especially for the new young generation of customers

  • Khaled

    yup just renamed, which is a smart move on their part. If you guys want the real deal buy a standalone Walkman which is worthy of the name because of the sound it outputs! not an app!

  • kedar

    When Xperia t3 update releasing….

  • Damon Adrian

    That’s not Sony’s fault its Google’s

  • DBS

    I’m aware of that. Sony is only responsible for not fixing it in their own version of the UI.

  • jxPerience

    did they remove the close all in the recent tab again? No Sony don’t do that

  • ozanyalcn45

    What are you talking about bro?? Walkman name is gone.

  • Matthias

    Agreed! This thing looks hideous, just feels like a “foreign body” design-wise… It kinda destroys the recent apps screen :(

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  • mrninko

    the same app, but not called walkmen but music, whats a deal

  • mountain

    I understand why. When my friend wants to listen to music on my phone, they search for music and found nothing. I have to tell them that its called “Walkman”

  • Timel

    I know I shouldn’t expect too much with this junk company but… This is the worst Xperia UI Sony’ve ever made, So boring and mess!

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  • Snorky112

    shit yea need this

  • Damon Adrian

    sony wants to make their ui close to stock.changing it would mean others will not like it

  • Sam Albalushi

    Its same ui when z1 get released

  • ash

    As your wish my lady

  • Glen

    if this update doesn’t allow apps to be transferred to the external storage i’ll never buy a sony phone again. waste of money

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  • Charlie

    Walkman Music

  • malav patel

    yeah its kinda pointless i have never used it please gives us an option to remove it

  • james foo

    any news for z3 compact tablet?

  • JonnyS

    Amazed that people are so obsessed with the cosmetic UI changes as if it really matters. No comments about speed, battery , file management etc , things that actually matter.
    Was lollipop really just changing icons and nothing else?

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