Android 6.0 Marshmallow released today, when will hit Xperia devices?

by XB on 5th October 2015

in Android

Android Marshmallow XperiaGoogle has commenced the Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout for Nexus users. The newly-announced Nexus 5X and 6P will get Android 6.0 out of the box, but the update is being released OTA for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player too.

Android 6.0 brings new app permissions for even more control, battery-smart features (Doze and App Standby) to extend battery life, increased fingerprint support for access to Play Store/Android Pay, USB Type-C charging and Google Now on Tap.

Sony Mobile has been quiet about its Marshmallow update plans so far, but we would hope to hear something official soon. We have already seen rival manufacturers such as HTC and Motorola officially announce their Android 6.0 plans.

Judging by history, Sony typically launches the big new Android releases around 3 months after it hits Nexus devices. Therefore, if Sony follows a similar pattern, then we are looking at Android 6.0 arriving not before the turn of the year. If that turns out to be the case, would you be annoyed at the wait or is that within your expectations? We’d love to hear your views in the comments below.

  • It may be a few months behind—but a few months behind is better when it reaches nearly all devices released in the past few years rather than just this year’s flagship only.

  • SM

    for Marshmallow, I’d buy a new Xperia device in 2016

  • DBS

    I wouldn’t expect 6.0 to hit the Z5 series before March judging by Lollipop. And the others later.

    HOWEVER since Sony seems committed to strip the Xperia UI of all its uniqueness in favour of stock Android, I wouldn’t be surprised if Marshmallow would come sooner. After all, Sony has less and less to alter as updates go by anyway.

  • Matt

    i bet they will be a bit late, like always . the porting part ist that difficult normally the certification stage delays the udpate.

    oh well, i do not mind as long as it is stable. im waiting for the beta tester (read: nexus devices owner) to test the software and see if it just like the mess 5.0 created.

  • Jaissal S

    I wouldn’t be disappointed if my Z1 doesn’t get Android 6.0 because I’ve ordered myself a Z5, which will be updated to 6 obviously.

  • theskig

    My Z3 Dual is still running rooted KitKat. He told me that is not interested in new updates.
    I hope there will be proof of how nice, cool and battery-saving Marshmallow is, in order to make him change his mind.

  • Peter

    I read somewhere that Sony told reporters that at least the Z5 range would get marshmallow quickly.

  • Rammstone

    Xperia Z will probably be left out this time but I can’t really complain after all the updates I have received for it the past 2,5 years. I might consider buying the Z5 when it has got the update

  • mike

    All I need is the notification can wake up the screen!

  • Paul M

    I’ve only just upgraded to 5.1.1, so I hope Sony will at least produce minor updates for that rather than rush into Marshmallow which is still immature in my humble opinion

  • I’d be happy to wait hope it comes on Z phone, think i need an upgraded phone lol

  • gosbiker

    Won’t be annoyed as the early adopters of lollipop found all the problems that were…. For the majority… Solved by the time Sony released lollipop, so, I would rather that happen with marshmallow than Sony rush it out bugs n all

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    I will not be disappointed if my Tablet Z won’t have 6.0.

  • Jon Zliver

    something like a year later, by October 2016

  • Arch9

    Sadly it will never happened, camera2api need a full driver rewrite to make i work.

  • Arthur Vinicius

    I hope the android marshmallow come fast to xperia devices. Android 5.1 spend much battery.

  • Nayib

    Bur if the phone can handle the update, it should be updated :( Also updating old phones could be a reason to convince people to buy Sony phones :)

  • Wolf0491

    Hey they may not always be the fastest but I’ve been impressed by the Z series receiving pretty long support. At least we know it’s coming.

  • DBS

    Actually, from what I understand (having refused any Lollipop update altogether) it was working before 5.1.1 and with 5.1.1 the only phone that has the camera2api working is the Z3+. Which means that Sony deliberately shut down the support for it especially on the Z5 series to try and force users into their subpar camera app. It’s shameful, really.
    If they’re not committed to build a decent camera app with proper functionality, they could *at least* let other developers do it and users take advantage of the work other developers do. But no, not with Sony…smh…

  • Mario Junior

    Forget it! Sony will not support API2 the Z3 and etc.

  • Utsav Shah

    As Google itself can’t support Nexus 4 anymore, I don’t think this is even a question.

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    We had to wait Lollipop because was a big change,M is just fixing things

  • Moonlight

    Pfff…Sony should first of all provide us with really stable 5.1.1…Only after that they should move to Marshmallow…

  • hansip

    Well i don’t expect much but even if they don’t update xzu (which in leaked document it is still on update schedule) I’m more than happy with 5.1.1 and if i have money i will upgrade to the latest Xperia phone :) the update policy sure convinces me.

  • 2REP

    What do you mean by that the Z3+ got the 5.1.1? I have not got it on my Z3+ in Sweden. PC companion and Z3+ are not working together after the last update to .251 this I know goes for a lot of other Z3+ owners too. Sony support knows (as usual) nothing about that problem. OTA shows nothing too. If I understand correctly, you live in Sweden too, do you have the Z3+ and got the 5.1.1?

  • Kunal Shukla

    Xperia Z configuration will always be able to update to any android OS version to be released. I don’t think 2gb ram and quadcore are going to fail any minimum system requirements anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean sony should keep supporting it. 2.5 yrs long time since sony has been giving updates and I am thankful for it

  • DBS

    Oh no no, allow me to clarify. Those were the reports I’ve read online when I was looking for more information both on camera2api’s and Sony’s manual (or lack thereof) controls on the Z5 series. I came across articles that said that even though the Z3+ had manual controls enabled the Z5 series didn’t. Maybe the articles mixed the versions and the Z3+ has those controls on 5.0.2 and on 5.1.1 they got removed. As I said, it’s what I understood based on those reports. I use a Z3Compact and I refused the Lollipop update because of the lack of customization allowed by the new theme engine and Lollipop’s horrible UI. So I can’t vouch for the veracity of those articles as I myself didn’t update. Oh and I also didn’t buy the Z3+ for all the obvious reasons.

    (I’m also not in Sweden BTW. Wouldn’t mind to be as I’m quite fond of blonde girls but alas I’m not :P)

  • betatesterz

    IMHO, Not until the Xperia Z6 hits the market

  • iia3ezu

    It takes a while for Sony to mutate the stock Android and bundle its own crapware within it, so it’ll take a while.

  • Ashish Chouksey

    Sony Xperia is always late in releasing the updates followed by the other brands. It has to be on-time within 60 days of release for all Xperia devices starting from Z1.
    Sony Xperia should look for UI change now because it’s been soo long that no bigger changes has arrived to Sony Xperia UI.

  • redX

    I am still waiting for 5.1 on Z3 PLUS !!!!

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  • HAWX

    Fix the cell radio issue on Xperia Z/ZL and some Z1/Z1C devices. These devices are pretty much useless with this bug. Or update these ones to M which won’t have this stupid huge bug.


    im noticing different stretched scale of home button after .200 update

  • Alvin

    what do you mean?

    and also, i noticed that the homescreen menu, the top dock, that shows the three lines, custom order sign, and the search icon, is frequently disappeared. it’s a bit annoying to me.

  • Alvin

    *peeking at comepetitors*

  • Alvin

    i might be an idiot for asking this, but… does “him” referred to your phone? :D


    i mean look home button looks wider than back and recent app button

  • Alvin

    It’s already great, considering that it’s an android device, and it’s a sony, and it’s a “they said” ‘poor’ company….

  • Alvin

    oh yes it is, but it isn’t clearly noticeable

  • cicababa

    Marshmallow? Lol :D I bought my first and last Xperia (E4) two months ago. I never thought that this model’s life cycle was a few months only.

  • Alvin

    im ‘happy’ for you :):):):):):)

    give me your z1 as my second core phone

  • Alvin

    don’t you see the z5 homescreen yet? it’s totally different right now.. and the we can’t find the ui changes or differences because they changed it slowly.

  • Alvin

    can you tell me where is this “somewhere” ? :)

  • Darrel Thorn

    It would be nice if they roll out the upgrade to the Z1 but it wouldn’t really be a disappointment if they don’t as my Z1 runs on lollipop and I’m considering upgrading to the Z5 as well

  • echomrg

    i don’t mind waiting for an update. but i’d definitely want to officially know which devices will be update and which won’t and possibily have a precise deadline for the update.

  • echomrg

    wow, that’s ugly :(
    luckily i’m not having the problem. Z3C, same version… (but them i’m using Nova Launcher, not sony’s)

  • Jecht_Sin

    Because now there is an Xperia home menu where you can change the size back to normal. Hold a finger on the screen and look at the bottom right.. :D

  • Jecht_Sin

    Meh..Marshmallow. It’s just a minor update. And part of the battery saving is already implemented in the Xperia’s Stamina mode. Who cares about USB C supportin the current phones anyway…

  • theskig

    Yes :)

  • Exactly, thank you

  • Matt

    did you mean poking ? :)

  • Lara Croft

    I’m gonna wait for Z6 with hopefully the S820 and Android 6.0 :) I’m happy with my Z Ultra for now.


    but that only change size of apps icon not the bottom keys

  • Alvin


  • Rob Gillingwater

    Sony have done an increasingly solid job on updates and when you get them they work so better to wait a few months

  • Given the big changes and new toys in 6.0, I would be annoyed with such a long wait. Lollipop on the Xperia Z3 has decreased battery life over KitKat a bit, and Marshmallow improves battery life while also fixing the mobile radio active bug many have seen on Lollipop, so a wait of 3 months is unreasonable considering Sony have had M Preview in test for a long time now….

    Either way, not bothered myself, as I’ve got a 6P on ore-order.

  • Fadi Obaya

    It is now confirmed!

  • mukul verma

    z & z1 series left out. that’s really sad for my z1.

  • Damian K

    If you buy Samsung or LG you’ll see that most mid-range phones has similar lifetime to Sony’s low-end. Anyway Sony uveils which devices will be update to Marshmallow:

    Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4*.

    As I expected E-series is forgotten. Also 5.1.1 was the last update for M2, Z1 and Z series. But I hope they fix camera in M2

  • Geese Howard

    I still think Marijuana sounds better…. And competitors always like to jump the gun while Sony waits and observe to give us stability!

  • cicababa

    I never thought that holy Sony won’t support its phone at least in its released year. Sony has much fewer modells than Koreans.

  • Svnjay

    It’s quite bad that Sony left out the Z1.

  • Fadi Obaya

    It’s time to use cyanogen. I’ve been waiting for the time when sony was going to drop support for ZU.

  • PoweredBySony

    or use FXpera Project. Too bad for the Z1 , I WAS hopping that it will get the 6 but also it is a two year old phone so…also the m does’t bring new features, the features present in 6 are already present on custom roms.

  • Fadi Obaya

    FXP is using Cyanogen

  • Luigi De Francesco
  • HAWX

    You might have the mobile radionactive bug, but a lot of people have, and having this bug makes your phone worse than iPhone 3GS. Sony had a lot of updates, but they never had the bug free and stable updates for Xperia Z. Maybe you were lucky likr some, but lot of people had major issues with Z. I don’t want people fooled with how good Sony softwares, they are quite bad compard to other manufacturer’s. There are still some people saying Z2’s low noise issue needs to be fixed after 4 updates.

  • PoweredBySony
  • Fempter

    Update will arive to the following devices: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua oraz Xperia C4

  • mukul verma

    that’s fake, sony officially announced for upgrade line for android M.

  • Lukáš Pávl

    Z1 series users fucked right in the ass… Good job SONY! Atleast i’m going for Z5 in less than a month so i got that going for me, which is nice.

  • Alvin

    Yeah, after they released the stable 5.1.1, they’ll release a buggy, unstable 6.0 to us… As with every new version does everytime

  • Alvin

    I’m even more sad that everytime he post something, somebody always report his posts as spam-_-

  • Jaissal S

    I agree. It runs the best it can with 5.1.1 at the moment. upgrading it to 6.0 would probably cause problems and would introduce alot of lag I think. I can’t wait to get hands on with my Z5!

  • Jaissal S

    What do you want a second phone for?

  • masi0

    hope sony already working on it!

  • Alvin

    Ummm…. Back-ups?

  • Ben Baranovsky

    I love getting the new Android software right away, but with the memory leak in Android 5.0 I totally agree with you. I’d rather wait a long long time than go through that again. I’m looking at you, HTC.

    HTC One M8 GPe… buggiest phone I’ve ever owned. Can’t wait for my Z5 to get here!

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I’m sincerely hoping that this time Sony will deliver the 6.0 update by the end of the year, since Marshmallow isn’t as big of an upgrade software-wise as Lollipop was compared to KitKat, which probably is the reason why Xperia devices got 5.0 5 months after the initial release by Google

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    What is exactly wrong with 5.1.1? No issues here on Tab Z2

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  • Malih

    They already did, at least for me personally, ever since they announce Lollipop update for the original Z series, I started to pay attention to devices they release. And they convince me to once again buy a Sony Xperia this year (although as a second device, so a midranger, but maybe a flagship next year).

  • Malih

    Sadly the evidence is that stability is not that easy to achieve especially in Android world, they’d need to go the Apple route of doing two devices a year with high profit margin to be able to focus that much on stability.

  • Jaissal S

    I suppose. It would just sit there alot of the time gathering dust. My ‘back up’ is a Sony Ericsson Cybershot c905 and also a Nokia 3310 lol.

  • Moonlight

    USSD codes were not working on my Z3 Dual. Fixed after last update

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