LG first out of the gates with Marshmallow – how long will it take Sony?

by XB on 15th October 2015

in Android

LG-G4-M-UpgradeLG announced earlier today that it will become the first manufacturer to release Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its smartphones. The LG G4 will be the first non-Nexus handset to receive Marshmallow, when it is released next week with the rollout beginning in Poland.

LG are rightly proud of being so quick with the Android 6.0 update for their flagship: “By working closely with Google, LG has been able to bring Android 6.0 to the G4 ahead of any of our competitors. While speed alone isn’t an indicator of great service, it does go a long way toward giving consumers the confidence that LG is committed to its existing customers first,” said Chris Yie, LG Mobile’s Head of Marketing Communications.

Sony Mobile has confirmed which smartphones will land the upgrade to Marshmallow, which includes the recent Xperia Z series apart from the Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra and the older Z series models. The 2015 mid-range offering will also see the update. However, what remains a mystery for now is timing.

Sony has given no indication on when we can expect to see Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, now that the first manufacturer is about to commence the Marshmallow update with others like Samsung, HTC and Motorola likely to follow suit, hopefully we’ll hear about Marshmallow timing soon.

Given Sony’s past performance on firmware updates, when do you think it will get round to the Marshmallow update? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Sony is always a bit late compared to LG or Samsung, but i must admit their builds are always stabler than the competition and reach a wider range of phones

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Can’t answer for I am a Z1 owner :( (replacing it anyway by next year). We’ll probably see Marshmallow in January.

  • azzido

    I agree Mike, this is what we are waiting for, the quality build. Hope devs will do well and QAs test it accordingly.

  • Andrej Petrevski

    how ever there will be update for M2 i know that.Sony devs released AOSP binary for xperia m2 5.1.1 year after that we have ofc. android 5.1.1.

  • azzido

    Alo I wonder what new add ons Sony will give us as to be honest since long time the UI seems to be the same with very minor updates. Time for changes and new goodies for your customers Sony. Surprise us.

  • Makiz

    Sony has the most simple – close to stock – Android interface and yet it takes so long to release updates. That’s weird and sad…

  • Who cares about this years flagship, what about the flagship of 2012 which is still a decent smartphone?

    Without access to security updates we are forced to buy new devices despite the fact that the old ones still are good enough.

    That is the real issue for Android.

  • ChilliPSco

    Probably in the New Year!

  • mike

    no marshmallow, thanks. after lollipop, my Z2 does not detect headphone anymore.

  • PoweredBySony

    Z1 user to , to bad that they left out the z1.

  • Jacek Zajkowski

    Because Poland IT are the best that’s why first gonna be in Poland:)

  • Jerry Berglund

    Well its not strange in anyway. LG did a Nexus phone. Probably will HUawei also be early with a Marshmallow-update thanks to their Nexus device. I mean LG and Huawei have allready been working with the new update, so why wouldnet they be first? Sony probably got the software much later. SO maybe december or januari?

  • Battal
  • Kliment Stamenkov

    Let me tell you- ‘soon’. That means early 2016, which means March, April. I’ve always loved Sony so much but I am recently so annoyed and let down by them and by the 30 min screen-on time battery on my Z1 Compact which won’t get Marshmallow.

  • DBS

    Well, to be accurate, LG has only announced the beginning of soak tests. Marshmallow will only be available in Poland for the time being. It will take a while before wider release.

    Sony will likely take their sweet time as usual BUT given how much Google stripped away in regards to bundled apps and how much Sony has stripped away their own skin, Sony will not have a lot of reasons to take long…apart from laziness or total lack of resources.

  • Liam Irwin

    I agree with that they release updates to a wide range of phones however I personally had a very bad experience with the long awaited Lollipop update on my Z3 and original Z. It wasn’t until 5.1.1 came around that I had a stable release. My Z4 tab on 5.0.2 is still extremely slow especially after a day or two without a reboot.

  • Malih

    hopefully they fix that for the M2 users, because I would like it if they fix it too if this kind of thing were to happen to C5 Ultra in the future, although it would be best if they learn from this and improve their quality control.

  • DBS

    Well, manufacturers do have to find ways to force people into buying new phones otherwise they’d all go out of business.

    It’s annoying but I don’t really blame manufacturers for not supporting phones beyond the 2 years of legal warranty that they need to provide by law.
    And in that aspect, Sony was actually pretty good considering they released 5.1.1 to the entire Z series when the likes of the original Z would have already been abandoned by other manufacturers.

    Alternatively they could do the Apple-thing and update your phone until it comes to a crawl and you can barely use it…which would be far worse. You can still use your phone if it’s not on Marshmallow (I kept and will keep my Z3C on KitKat without any problem).

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    Just why do you think Poland’s IT people are the best? Shouldn’t it be silicon valley in US?

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    switch your headphone, I have been in this Z2 situation before, they don’t seem to work well with cheap headphones.

  • Chan Kin Cheung

    Sir, may I give you a beer? It is THE Single most wise comment I’ve seen so far on this blog

  • Wolf0491

    Who cares? Sony always gets my updates to me. LG was also first to lollipop apparently. But guess my G3 is still on that 5.0.1 lollipop and my Z3 is on 5.1. Just saying

  • Prasad Daki

    Sony hasnt updated Xperia T3!!! Really bad for T3 owners!!!

  • Emil Oskarsson

    My Xperia z runs just fine with 5.0.2 better then ever actually :) my Xperia z4 tablet doesn’t tend to slow down a bit either even after a month without a reboot so what’s wrong with yours? ;)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    It’s a mid range phone. Even though Sony doesn’t update every mid range phone they release they are still best at updating their mid range phones compared to Samsung, LG, HTC etc…

  • Emil Oskarsson

    What headphones are you using? Maybe they are broken or as the guy below me told you it’s a cheap one that doesn’t work that well with high end music devices?

  • 2REP

    Well, the Z3+ has not got the 5.1.1 update yet… Do I need to say that I am a bit dissapointed at Sony for that? Am I careful in buying the next “flagship” from Sony after this? Yes I will be careful and wait until I see that the “flagship” I but next time will be updated with the latest android software. I sold my Z3 and it had just got the 5.1.1 update and I loved it. Then I bought the Z3+ beliving that it had got the latest update too… Ha ha now I sit with a very good and goodlooking mobilephone but without the goodlooking 5.1.1

  • Geese Howard

    If it is LG, then I am cool with it. Anything better than Samskunk… Sony usually takes their time for major updates like these, and to be blunt I don’t mind the wait; since they almost every time gives us quality updates. If you want something good it is worth waiting at times.

  • Koushik Mondal

    z1 compact is still not 2 years old.. get some data before giving your opinion

  • Matt

    Is the 5.0.2 broken? I guess not

    Just sit nicely until 6.0.1 comes along for z3+ ;) it better to directly jump on the newer os right?

    But the funny thing is, Sony test software for Android m only available for z3 and z3 compact -_-

  • Matt

    Don’t forget the fugly LG UI

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  • Matt

    I believe it will be until beginning of 2016 we will see the First wave of Android m update for xperia devices. Still happily sitting on 5.1.1.

    Hope Sony take all the time they need to perfecting the update first. Unlike samsung get update fast (so that they get coverage from media) but broken then foxing it over the next 8 months.

  • @Johnny_Betonny

    Good for LG.
    I have been pretty happy with the sony concerning updates.
    I guess anything is better than samsung in that regard.
    I used a note 2 for almost 2 years and was not really happy, but didnt quite know why.
    Since i changed to sony i know it. Excellent firmware, reliable long time updates,
    Buying the samsung note after only 6month it felt like an outdated unloved modell,
    With my z3 compact i still fell its pretty awsome :-)

    Thats how you make consumers happy!!

  • fast83

    Z1C is the same phone as the Z1 and the ZU, so it doesn’t matter when it launched (even though it launched on 19 December 2013, source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Xperia_Z1_Compact), so why do you you get some data since 2013+2=2015?
    Come on, 2 years is a respectable time for a smartphone.
    And like others have said, there’s nothing wrong with 5.1.1, it’s the fastest, most stable Android I’ve ever tried.

  • M?rcis Buhholcs

    Better 2-3 months after 6.0 release rather than NAOW!!!! with lots of bugs.

  • Ahmed

    Bollocks!, Sony is always advanced compare to Samsung, LG in Android up to date release. I don’t know what happened this time for being delay in Marshmallow version. But I’m expecting it will be released in early November. There is a official application from Sony about Android Marshmallow concept. You can sign up there.

  • Pankaj MAHESH

    Now its Marshmallow time….Sony Xperia Z4 tablet. 4 Jan 2016 http://crowdsupport.telstra.com.au/t5/Device-Updates/Software-Updates-16-10-2015/td-p/514484

  • Azar

    S5 first received Lollipop on Dec 4 2014 and first Xperia device to receive L was around April 2015. Yeah, that was very quick for Sony. Also, my S4 received it in Jan 2015, followed by my Tablet Z, 5 months after.

  • Starwalkerfenix

    And now you’re S5 is frozen in 5.0.2 while Sony users who receive the upgrade in April have been updated to 5.1.1 … Great for Samsung!! And don’t wait to update ur S5 to 6.0…

  • Ahmed

    Yeah right and my z3 received 5.0 at end of November 2014!

  • Azar

    S5 will be updated to M because it’s on par with the Z2, it’s from 2014, so it will be same as xperia thereafter and 6.0 will be their last majt update anyways. Also, I didnt quite get what you meant by the last sentence…

  • Azar

    Impossible for Nov 2014 unless you were running CM. Plainly impossible. Which planet have u come from?

  • 2REP

    No it´s not broken but 5.1.1 is more smooth and nice at least it was on my old Z3. Of course marshmallow is interesting and as you write it´s interestig that they test it on Z3 only… I wonder if and when Z3+ will get it. For me Sonys strategy is a bit awkward.

  • DBS

    Did I perchance mention the Z1C anywhere? No. I only talked about the original Z series.

    Get some reading skills before you reply to anyone.

  • Simon

    LoL so? LG’s update to Lollipop was shit. It was basically a copy & paste story which made the OS feel like a hybrid of KitKat software and Lollipop. It’s better to do it slower and get it solid.

  • Matt

    yep a bit awkward indeed . . :S

  • Aldi Wan Kenobi

    I don’t care who gets it first. Sony, just make sure it works perfectly during the release date.

    Slowly, but surely.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    This is only in Poland and When Sony releases the update they release it simultaneously and we all are not in a rush. We would love to see some improvements in camera side, specially app opening speed and post processing. I really think they didn’t do well in lollipop. Hope they won’t do the same mistake with Z5 series.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    But you see Sony’s Lollipop is much stable and they update many devices unlike Samsung. And I have seen Samsung’s OTA and Kies don’t seem to work very well.

  • Azar

    I always flash them from pc anyways, both, for my my xperia and Samsung

  • roeshak

    Sony mobile have no interest in this sort of competition. They’re trying to be the apple of android and failing miserably at it. Let’s see what their make or break 2016 brings. Don’t hold your breath though lol

  • mike

    not headphone issue, works perfect in 4.4.4, not recognized after lollipop. tried stock headphone, apple, Philips, none of them works.

  • Timel

    I dont care who release Android 6.0 first
    just improve the performance and the goddamn camera auto mode first

    Z5 Camera is still horrible… Shame on you Sony, dont cry when there’s nobody want to buy Xperia phones.


  • Timel

    Sony must improve their smartphone camera quality seriously, not only the camera in mid-range phones but also flagship phones like Z series

    Z5 camera is the worst. Fuck you Sony mobile, you deserve to go bankrupt


  • Malih

    It’s the worst because they were tinkering with default optimized settings, if you read the comment section an owner of the Z5 posted an argument and a result of non-modified default, the way Sony intended the camera to be used.

    Android Authority should revise their results.

  • Ahmed

    that link belongs to 5.0.2 but I’m talking about 5.0 which I received last year when I was in US. looks like your region/country was exempted from Sony update?

  • Azar

    Xperia never got 5.0. The first xperia that got Lollipop was Z3 and it was 5.0.2, NOT the 5.0. I am 100000% sure of this. It cannot be Nov which was the month that 5.0 was actually released
    Oh btw if u mean the AOSP things that sony did, yeah u might mean that one as 5.0, which was around Nov-Dec’14 and it wasn’t even an official rom. how can u compare basically a custom ROM to an official?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Hmm strange, first time I have heard that issue from an Xperia user with lollipop :p

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  • KIMI

    Hardware wise, I wouldn’t call it terrible. Actually its an engineering marvel, but god damn the software optimization for their camera, Superior Auto is still superiorly dumb, still missing a proper Macro mode, Panorama as shaky as ever and the Manual mode is basically a kid with down syndrome compared to Nokia Pro Camera app.
    If they can spend so much time on optimizing the overall OS performance, at least create a small division made to prioritize in their software camera department.
    I love Sony, but they need to get their priorities straight!

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