New Marshmallow Concept firmware adds Xperia Theme support (MDB08M.Z1.2153)

by XB on 20th November 2015

in Android, Firmware, Xperia Z3 series


Xperia Concept_MDB08M.Z1.2153_3Sony Mobile has released a new update for its Android 6.0 Marshmallow Concept firmware for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Build number MDB08M.Z1.2153 brings some nice additions including Xperia Theme support, a “Take screenshot” option in the power off menu and the ability to set your default home screen.

Other changes include ‘simple’ support for the Sony Smart Cover and a number of stability fixes. Sony’s developers are doing a great job of slowly adding some core Xperia features to the Marshmallow experience, whilst still keeping bloat low and performance zippy. The latest update is rolling out OTA to all those in the Xperia Concept Marshmallow beta.

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Sony has added Xperia Theme support to the latest Concept Marshmallow firmware.

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You will also now be able to take a screenshot within the power off menu. Also you can set a default home screen by clicking the home icon on the top right of the screen.

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Thanks Steven and Timo!

  • ChilliPSco

    Seriously, the devs need to stop with this Marshmallow Concept and sort out the camera blur on Z5C/Z5 & Z5P.

    I came off the phone to Customer Relations today and the long and short of it, is this.

    Sony Mobile didn’t see any issue with my handset. They have tried to replicate the issue and they can’t see any blurring. They also claim that this is the first handset they have had back with this issue???? Now to be fair, that may be the case as my handset was an upgrade through my network, where as some people may have returned theirs to retailers like Clove or MobileFun. However, my handset is (apparently) being sent to Tokyo for further analysis. As it stands though, they can’t see any blurring, which is different from other people’s opinions on the Sony Mobile forums and on Reddit. Not only that, we must be wrong and the blur only appears when we’re looking at it and not the Sony Engineers.

    I did point out that the blur is more prominent on other people’s handsets and could also be less prominent, but the issue is there. If it wasn’t there then we wouldn’t be posting about it all over the internet and nor would people be up in arms about the issue over at Reddit and other forums/blogs. I’m actually speechless.

    The engineers were apparently using a plain piece of white paper to test for the blur on photos. Says it all really. Should of bought the G4.

    Enough of the Marshmallow concept and soft out the hardware and/or the software issue with the Z5C/Z5 & Z5P camera.

  • iia3ezu

    Please do not bake Sony apps such as Socialife, Lounge, Lifelog, Album, Movies, Music into the Android: i.e. allow users to uninstall them without rooting the phone.

  • Matt

    weee my phone is broken , so no one can get a new software.

    me me me. i suggest solve your problem with sony in their forum by giving details and exact problem youre having (with screen shot to prove your claim) instead of wining here

  • KubsiJack

    buy a Nexus

  • JJameson

    Companies like Sony have multiple teams working in tandem on a huge assortment of issues. Adding more people to a team doesn’t mean an issue like this will be resolved more quickly. In fact, it often has the opposite effect especially if the programmers lack experience or expertise in that particular area. Besides, who says the marshmallow update doesn’t address this issue or that they aren’t including the fix alongside said update? I understand your frustration but your argument is flawed and should be ignored(not about fixing the issue, just about forgoing marshmallow development in favor of the camera fix.

  • JJameson

    I think his comment is completely fair. Move as many of the apps to the play store so that they aren’t system apps. That’s not something unreasonable or unheard of for a company to do and would actually make thing easier to develop and debug in most cases.

  • DODO1515

    @ChilliPSco.Your right!!!TOTALLY AGREE!! Z5 Camera annoying with the BLur ISsue!!

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  • Jecht_Sin

    Some of those apps are part of what defines the Xperia brand. Not to mention that they are tied to the Sony/PlayStation store. One doesn’t make optional what’s a potential source of money.

    Sony should get a rid of all possible Goggle junk instead.

  • JJameson

    I use a large portion of those apps as well. Hec, I extract the .apk for many of them and use them on all of my devices. It doesn’t change that making them non-system apps would be more effective for updating and debugging. It’s one thing that Motorola has done extremely well by implementing and it is a trend that ought to continue. I’m not saying to not preload the app, just move it to the play store. The Google bloat is mandated by Google. Sony isn’t allowed to remove it any more than any other manufacturer.

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  • ChilliPSco

    Allow me to clarify. I’m not suggesting they should actually drop Marshmallow Concept, there are things such as figures of speech. Their support is useless and their customer service is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

    In terms of a Marshmallow update fixing any issue. Well may be it will. However, Sony doesn’t know if it’s a hardware or software issue and besides they haven’t exactly acknowledged anything either. Even XperiaBlog has tried to get a comment from them and the silence has been deafening..

    Also, I’m well aware of a company like Sony having multiple teams for multiple purposes.

  • ChilliPSco

    Deary me. If you were twice as smart, you’d still be stupid! Like I haven’t been on their forums. If you’d actually take the time to read through it, you would see that I & many other Sony customers have been on their forums and have posted a myriad of screenshots to prove our claims.

    It’s also not about me, me, me. I wouldn’t suggest for one minute for Sony to ignore it’s other customers either. However, judging by Sony’s lack of response to not only it’s customers, but to blogs such as XperiaBlog it clearly shows that Sony doesn’t give a shit about it’s customers.

    On another note. If you’d paid a huge amount of money for a brand new Xperia handset and it had an issue, I’d guarantee you’d whine (not wining btw) as well. Matt, I would ask how old you are, but I don’t think you can count that high.

  • Svnjay

    I want good battery life.

  • Svnjay

    The Concept team isn’t the same team who works on the camera.

  • Matt

    Yes I know you’re mad about the quality of your device. It’s fair. And my reply might be too harsh anyway.

    But commenting here and telling Sony to stop software development just to fix hardware defects policy is just desperate.

    If you really know Sony or anything these days. Buying amidst batch products is not generally considered wise.

    I mean come on, the signs are there. First batch of z3 has yellow screen and dead when you splash it with water.

  • InFlames03

    Am i the only one who has ZERO ISSUES with the Xperia Z5?! I have never been this satisfied with anything I have ever owned.

  • JJameson

    Typically customer care from any company is trained to deny, or at least not acknowledge, issues such as this. It doesn’t mean they aren’t aware or addressing the issue, just that they don’t want a care agent saying something that’ll end up biting them in the ass. The “engineers” care usually references are not actually the engineers who get paid to do the job. I have been on both sides of the table.

  • raju

    What about Z1 compact

  • Sadman Khan

    Hey a chocolate teapot would actually give you chocolate tea. Which is pretty cool

  • Sadman Khan

    Zero issues with Z5c now

  • Socialife, Lounge, Lifelog: agreed
    Album, Movies, Music: disagreed

  • It’s all a matter of luck really. There have been dozens of horror stories regarding hardware issues and broken updates for the Z2, yet I haven’t had any such problems on the Z2.

  • But wait, do these themes customize anything other than the navigation buttons? Because all customizable default apps have been replaced with stock Android versions, and I don’t think those can be customized.

  • ChilliPSco

    Chocolate tea? Defeats the object of Hot Chocolate then! What a complete dunderheid.

  • ChilliPSco

    Look I wouldn’t be as bothered about it if Sony had actually came out and said something along the lines of, “We are aware that CERTAIN Z5 models are experiencing issues with camera blur blah blah. Our engineers are aware of it and are looking into it.” However, that hasn’t been the case at all.

    I too have been on both sides of the table so I know how it works. All I see on XperiaBlog is Sony releases this theme and another build of Marshmallow Concept and there is absolutely nothing from Sony in relation to the above. Now that’s not the fault of XperiaBlog, they have tried and failed to get any comment from Sony. I just wish Sony would shed some light on the situation instead of keeping myself and others in the dark.

    Again, I’m not saying Sony should drop everything they are doing, I wouldn’t expect that and I probably ranted a wee bit too much about that and if I have upset anyone about it, then I apologise.

  • ChilliPSco

    I probably went on a rant too strongly to be fair Matt. As I stated above, I shouldn’t of used the analogy that I expect Sony to drop everything and sort this. There are other customers/users out there that have various other models that need updates and other goodies.

    I wasn’t aware of the Z3 having issues upon it’s release. Or I may have been, but skipped over it as I was happy with my Z1. I’m also aware that many other people have perfectly good and fully functioning Z5 handsets and I’m happy for them, I really am. Either way I just want this fixed sooner rather than later and that’s what I probably should of said originally.

  • ChilliPSco

    I’m happy that you have ZERO ISSUES with your Z5, but spare a thought for people who are not lucky enough to have ZERO ISSUES.

    https://talk.sonymobile.com/t5/Xperia-Z5-Z5-Compact-Z5-Premium/Z5C-blurry-camera-images-more-blur-on-the-left-side/td-p/1043401

  • JJameson

    I agree with you for the most part and completely understand your frustration. My statements have not been in defense of this approach, only an explanation of it.

  • ChilliPSco

    No, I agree.

  • jamie evans

    When is Marshmallow upgrade coming to Z5s? Some people say that they don’t want to buy Z5s because Z5s don’t come with Marshmallow for now… I think upgrading to Marshmallow will increase the sales of Z5s.

  • Fadi Obaya

    Probably end of december or January

  • Vinny Conforto

    I like the way it looks. btw, Is Z5 or Z5P coming to any US carriers?? anyone know about that?

  • christere

    I can already take screenshots in the power off menu with my xperia z2, so that is hardly something you have to wait for Marshmallow for.

  • trainwreck

    Album, Movies and Music are so iconic and beautiful apps. without them isn’t a Sony phone.

  • Sadman Khan

    It wasn’t a clever comment. It was just a joke :/ And man, it’s not cool to attack my religion like that. I get that people stereotype a lot. If the 1.8 billion muslims were really following a religion that teaches you to blow things up, then none of you guys would have existed to be honest. Well I’m not here to defend my religion or to debate about it. I was just having some fun. I do know that the teapot would melt. And that was the whole point of the joke. Good day to you,sir :D

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  • Nikhil Yadav

    Currently using Sony Xperia sola on CM11 I told to myself I will never ever root my Z series phone whenever I buy One. But Sony’s Concept updates are so awesome It is making me change my decision for a future Xperia. Eagerly waiting for IFA 2016 to see the next Legendry Xperia device.

  • Le Kawaii Potatoe

    Let’s all hope this gets fixed.

  • Roh_Mish

    The reason i buy sony is for the sony media apps (except for battery life and more recently design). So Album, Movies and Mucis are important. (and better than stock offering). I donno about the other three but socialife looks good option to have all social services at same place if you use them but not much to warrant downloading the app.

  • Roh_Mish

    I dont know the reason but sony always have some or other hw issue with first few batches. wait for few days (a month or two ideally) and then there is no issue.

  • cicababa

    just dropped “music”, i don’t like that black woman and really fed up with bugs like time bug, when can’t show ellapsed or remain time after a task switching or lock/unlock the screen.

  • cicababa

    your eyes are wrong, that’s all.

  • Roh_Mish

    As i stated above. Initial batches have issues.

  • cicababa

    totally agree!!

  • Roh_Mish

    I want root access but unlocking bootloader wipes all the drm stuff and disables many enhancements. If sony can get above that, I would be a really happy person here.

  • cicababa

    are you crazy? or sony pay you to comment this bs?

  • Roh_Mish

    It was present in the Sony rom, but as the concept rom is just a public beta for M rom, you have to wait for stuff.

  • Roh_Mish

    Sony really has a shitty service for being a “Premium brand”. I know some people who would stay with apple because of their service. Heck, even Huawei has better service.

  • Roh_Mish

    Beta?

  • ChilliPSco

    No one attacked your religion. Again you need to look at the comment and take things IN context and not OUT of context. Blowing up your date refers to blowing up a sex doll and NOT blowing up a date with C4, TNT, triacetone triperoxide (or TATP) or any other explosive!

    I have a lot of Muslim friends and I have never once been racist to ANY Muslim. Again as I have said, think before you reply and STOP taking things OUT of context to make me out to be a bad guy or, as with your last comment, a RACIST!

  • Sadman Khan

    Umm. Anyone reading that comment would take it in that way. Anyway, why are you getting so hyper? Chill out bruh.

  • ChilliPSco

    I’m hyper because you’re acting like an utter cockwomble and anyone else reading that comment (regardless of religious orientation) would of understood it and seen that it was meant as a joke and not a racist or defamatory comment you made it out to be!

    I’m busy now, can I ignore you some other time?

  • akzidenz

    well i think you can change the theme back to black if you really dont like the black woman (racist lol)

  • akzidenz

    you can backup those drm keys and in the z5 they dont get lost

  • nick sweden

    it has potential no annoying bugs so far either:)

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I dont know why this even happend with Z5. I mean check the samples with the pre-production Unit when the phone was announced. There wasn’t any such issue…… Even the Camera quality was much better there !!!
    http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_z5-review-1293p5.php

  • ChilliPSco

    Thanks for posting that link.

  • Arch9

    Lol, blurring issues is not software issue but hardware

  • Sadman Khan

    That’s exactly how i feel. When i use phones of other brands, I still find myself using Sony media apps. In my opinion, they looked best during the Kitkat era. Beautiful.

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  • ChilliPSco

    Regardless it’s needs resolving!

  • I hope they include the “Record Screen” functionality in the final product. I’ve found that *SO* useful!! :-)

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  • crandrix

    Yup! I’m running CM 12.1 with these apps, I haven’t found apps good enough (for me) to replace them

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  • Roh_Mish

    Yup. Sony’s app really stood out with the kitkat design

  • Sadman Khan

    I find lollipop’s design scheme kind of dull. Let’s see what Sony does in Marshmallow.

  • Cakefish

    Sony, please add support for the Z5 series.

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  • James Neuburger Gaston

    I keep with sony’s album , but i start to use play music since I pay the streaming and i use the mx player for videos

  • PoweredBySony

    the new an updated launcher from z5 for other devices

    https://youtu.be/A9MkWAhahRk

  • MrJigolo

    Is this going to be the OS for the next Sony flagship? (Xperia Z6 or whatever they call it)

  • sebastianer

    They should release all these Sony apps in the Play Store (not in the /System partition of the firmware).

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  • Iucidium

    He said you own an inflatable sex doll.

  • Roh_Mish

    I like it. It fits with the whole MD theme but its still Sony with all those suttle gradient and animations.

  • Sadman Khan

    Subjective I guess :D

  • Roh_Mish

    Well, they still follow Sony’s design language and is instantly recognizable. If you are using a JB phone with the Walkman app that was preinstalled and I show you the latest music app, you know it’s the same music app but a new version. Not so much for Samsung and others. Plus Sony has a good balance between stock Android and nice add ons. We have Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, huawei who just follow their own language and then there is OnePlus and Moto who ware just stock. With no add ons. Sony us right in the perfect spot. Thats what I love. Plus Sony is the only OEM whose theme people try to port to other devices. You don’t see LG theme or Samsung theme for other devices. So that itself says that what Sony is doing is right.

  • Sadman Khan

    That’s true though. Although I’d prefer it if they made it a bit more Sony like and a little less stock like. Also i wish they would bring the walkman name back

  • Nam Dh

    Please anyone here’s with Z3 compact on Concept ROM 2153 can show me where the Theme section is?

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