Whilst we were not too surprised that screenshots of Sony’s Concept for Android software leaked yesterday, we are surprised that the actual firmware itself has leaked. This allows anyone with an Xperia Z3 (D6603) to try it out for themselves. The official trial is only available to 500 Sony Xperia Z3 users in Sweden.
However, if you don’t live in Sweden, or weren’t one of those selected, then you can download the firmware from the link below. Installing the firmware works the same as with any FTF firmware file using Androxyde’s Flashtool program. Be warned you will lose all of your data, but you can revert to stock Sony firmware be flashing an official Sony KitKat or Lollipop build.
Initial impressions for those that have tested it point to it being very similar to AOSP but with a few Sony applications baked in. The new software is fast and stable but doesn’t include some Sony features such as Stamina mode, Screen Recording and Xperia Themes.
Here’s a user comment from XDA member user91: “By the way, the ROM itself is absolutely nothing to excited about. Take any stock Sony Lollipop ROM, take away all the reasons for buying this phone (no double tap to wake, low brightness, no display enhancements, no sound enhancements) – well the camera works, and that’s it.”
All of the installation information can be found in the links below. Do you plan to try it? Let us know in the comments below.
DOWNLOAD FTF: Sony ‘Concept for Android’ for Xperia Z3 (D6603 only)
Thanks Jozef and Utsav!