There is no doubt that Sony Mobile is currently testing the latest Android firmware builds on Xperia devices. Recently, we brought news that the Xperia Z series could see Android 5.1 by August, at least on Telstra in Australia. Now a video has appeared, showing what it is believed to be Android 5.1.1 Lollipop running on an Xperia Z3. The video highlights some new features including additional options for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth within the notification menu (as well as new animations) and new icons within the settings menu.
New Android 5.1 firmware builds for Xperia devices have also appeared on the Handset Detection website, pointing to a release build with a build template of 23.4.A.0.XXX – at least for the Xperia Z2/Z3 series. Build numbers 23.4.A.0.279 and 23.4.A.0.248 have been spotted.
Whilst the build number is not revealed, the “About phone” screen does appear to show that the handset is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. One of the new changes includes a drop-down box on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles within the notification menu.
This allows you to directly access a different wireless network or pair a Bluetooth device straight from the notification menu.
The main other change in the video is that all of the icons within the settings menu have now changed to bringer a flatter, brighter option – more in line with Google’s material design guidelines.
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