New Home with double-tap to sleep introduced in latest Concept Marshmallow update (MMB29M.Z1.3550)

by XB on 18th March 2016

in Android, Firmware, Xperia Z3 series


Concept_6Sony Mobile has included a new home launcher (10.0.A.0.24) with some neat features in the latest Concept for Android Marshmallow firmware update. The new firmware update moves the build number to MMB29M.Z1.3550-somc and also includes Google’s March 2016 security updates as well as a more simplified UI when connecting your phone to a PC via USB.

However, the main talking point of this new update is the brand new Home which introduces double-tap to sleep for the first time to Sony Xperia devices. Once enabled through the settings, you just simply double-tap on an empty space of your home screen to put the device to sleep. The new launcher also removes the “Modern” view following user feedback and adds app recommendations.

Sony confirmed that the problem around Wi-Fi battery statistics will be fixed in the next release. The team has also now got the FM radio working internally and should be released at some point.

If you are wondering about icon pack support within the launcher, Sony is getting in touch with developers to support Xperia Home. Icon pack developers need to update their icon packs to support Xperia Home before it will work. With regards to the hack on XDA, Sony says that this “pretends to be some other launcher, which is not something we can do for the official version.”

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  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Dayuum, They’re working on two projects simultaneously, I thought this was dropped. :

  • Sergio

    John please, provide us with the APK =)

  • xAntifreeZe

    So much ideas and features placed in the Concept yet, most of the time, we need to wait for a long time for the feature to be implemented in the actual.
    I don’t understand why they didn’t include this double tap 2 sleep feature when they first included double tap 2 wake

  • John who?

  • Sergio

    The author of the entry :)

  • Shehab Skull

    just what i was looking for *___________*

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Give me the apk. On the hindsight does double tap to lock puts a cold lock meaning if i have a pin lock set up, and i use my finger print to unlock do i have to key in the pin everytime? Ppl with MM update and use 3rd party apps to lock the screen ll know the issue.

  • Sadman Khan

    i’m sure that, that won’t be the case with an official method

  • Cool!

  • Sadman Khan

    And yet again, the concept retains the position of the best software ever

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Hopefully. Lets wait and watch

  • John at the start of the week:

  • John after many quick successive Xperia News updates (and when England loses the T20 cricket world cup match against South Africa later today ;-):

  • Matt

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YEAHHHHHH

  • is it rolling out ?

  • Someone heard me hehe!
    Please someone here who is using this concept or even test the beta for Z2 and Z3 ask this feature …

  • Heinz Eberhardt

    Is the app FM radio with again in the latest firmware contain?

  • Chuck

    Yes!

  • Matt

    You do know that there is a button to turn the screen off, don’t you?

    Better late than never

  • Dilesh Perera

    FM radio working internally meaning working without need of headset?

  • Michal Fox,Blacha

    uuuu they are far far away to rolling out . maybe may ?

  • MrCMTS

    18 March 16 awaiting his update

  • Alex ”MiG”

    Let’s see how many of those shity concepts and betas we will suck. Seems like endless updates. Ohhh god…

  • Musharab

    Expecting Final Build Roll Out of Marshmallow for Z2 and Z3 in June 2016

  • Madis Otenurm

    There is a button to turn it on, too. That doesn’t mean it’s as convenient.

  • Em

    I’m in the concept, and haven’t seen it yet.

  • me too.. I didn’t see it yet.. Just wating for

  • Kadek

    Nice move sony. While you at it, please add option to hide some useless app. Please. Like ar effct or camera app. Theres no need for tons of app to be showed off.

  • Matt

    101% agree with you

  • Matt

    Neither does double tapping at starusbar or empty homescreen compared to single tap on dedicated button

  • Fabiano

    Somebody knows to tell me if this update will come at the same time for all or might come in moments different by region? Tks beforehand you all.

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  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Well not really if England kicked d butt of SA amd thats what happened

  • bubimir13

    Actually, it may be bit sooner ;)

    http://imgur.com/mTJKM8t

  • Ravi Shakya

    I am confused !! Why r they still running concept for “”MARSHMALLOW”” if the official release is going to be the “”BETA”” whose UI is different than this CONCEPT ?? what the SUCK r they doing ????????

    I mean……..

    If they r using the concept just to make the future of SONY’S ANDROID software better then why it is CONCEPT FOR MARSHMALLOW ????? It should be like SONY’S CONCEPT FOR ANDROID !! and if it is for marshmallow then why they havent merged the CONCEPT UI with the BETA ????? And whats BETA doing in all of this ???

    And atlast
    what the hell is this CONCEPT doing if the Marshmallow is ended with “”””””6.0.1″”””””” and google team has moved on to ANDROID N
    and SONY has prepared the official release as BETA ?????

  • Bashar Shehab

    Me too I don’t what’s this..

  • Bashar Shehab

    Me too, Idk what’s this..

  • The only phones with Android N are nexus devices. And not all of theme.

  • neneaiancu
  • Ravi Shakya

    Ya that i know what concept and beta means brother……
    But u didnt got my point !!

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  • Em

    I keep checking manually for OTA, and nothing. Usually the updates come out before Xperiablog posts.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Yes.. So weird..

  • GreekBoy

    I totally agree with you bro! I own a Z5C have recently received Marshmallow and now this “BETA” or “CONCEPT” or whatever confuses me! I suppose it is something like a beta of the NEXT Marshmallow FIX PACK to get?

  • xAntifreeZe

    Because the button is at the rear side. When using your phone flat on the table, it is more convenient if there’s double tap to sleep function

  • Matt

    Well there it is now. But really it’s just 1 world problem

  • coach

    In the concept sony is experimenting with things that they might bring to the official software. With the beta they are testing the official software before release. OEMs get the new version of Android when google releases it, which is with the new nexus phones, so for the moment android N is in development for nexus devices only

  • Winona Morse


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  • Sergio

    Okay, so he upvoted you here but he didn’t replied our petition. Nice ;)

  • Bashar Shehab

    Anyone got it? Usually we get the update before Xperia Blog post anything.. So weird this time I’ve got nothing. :/

  • Em

    Same here. I keep checking for the new build, but nothing.

  • brocnical

    Does the concept include the full expanded SD card storage feature?

  • Bashar Shehab

    I thought that I’m the only one :v .. Thx

  • Bashar Shehab

    Yes, and just to tell you, this feature is useless (atleast for me).

  • brocnical

    Why is it useless?

  • stevan kovacevic

    How many people did not receive this update? I’m still on MMB29M.Z1.3536-somc

  • Bashar Shehab

    First of all you must have an Ultra High Speed Class10 SDCard so it could work without a problem..

    But when I tried it, my 16GBs SDCard just dissappeared ( I thought it would merge with the Internal storage so I can get 32gb of storage ).

    After I used it the SD card disappeared and all my apps moved to the SD card, but the internal still 16gbs and not 32gb

    Sorry for my bad English, couldn’t do any better :/ .

  • Em

    Same here. Still nothing.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Me too, and a lot of people too.

  • Jerry

    Nothing so far – I checked it few minutes ago, but OTA 3550 did arrive yet.

  • Amiedwhite3


    “my .friend’s mate Is getting 98$. HOURLY. on the internet.”….


    two days ago new Mc.Laren. F1 bought after earning 18,512$,,,this was my previous month’s paycheck ,and-a little over, 17k$ Last month ..3-5 h/r of work a days ..with extra open doors & weekly. paychecks.. it’s realy the easiest work I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months ago and now making over 87$, p/h.Learn. More right Hereo!361????? http://GlobalSuperEmploymentVacanciesReportsJobs/GetPaid/98$hourly…. .?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:?:::::o!361……….

  • Em

    I’m wondering if there wasn’t a huge bug and they had to stop the OTA rollout. At this point, that’s the only thing that makes sense as to why Xperiablog is the only one with this update.

  • KNDRCH

    Still nothing for me.

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  • Czechnolog

    Yes, I guess so – they definitely stopped OTA updates.
    Any clues anybody?

  • Fabiano

    I’ve never seen a Corp like this called Sony so messed up with updates… What a crying shame. Beta that is for few, concept that’s not seeded and an official one that never comes up from the papers. So sad. Later, Sony will come with a bunch of shit words trying to flatter many, and sadly, will try to justify an work bad done since the beginning. That’s why a lot has lost confidence in this called Sony; as I just said earlier.

  • Ravi Shakya

    http://m.imgur.com/mTJKM8t

    Dont know if this true or not !!

  • Fabiano

    Hi buddy. Nothing more surprises me.

  • stevan kovacevic

    this has any idea what the problem is and when it will come to us that we did not get?

  • Em

    Someone on XDA said concept has an alpha group and a beta group. If all goes well with small first group, main group will get it, so I’m hopeful we’ll see it OTA this week.

  • DBS

    If you really want it, you can get it with Nova Launcher ;). My Z3C Music Player has it (actually, all my Android phones do since I have Nova on all of them).

  • Still nothing :/

  • stevan kovacevic

    I get :D

  • hi mate, I just received the update right now via ota. Did u receive it too?

  • nothing yet? Look at my comment below

  • Fabiano

    Morning,
    I just received the new update 3550. Glad it came.

  • stevan kovacevic

    Received by 5 hours, around 09.00, and sister also received the Z3 compact. It would be great if he returned to the magnifying glass cursor when it passes through the text

  • KNDRCH

    Me too.

  • Patrick

    can you upload home.apk?

  • Bashar Shehab

    Finally got it..

  • Bashar Shehab

    No I got it todays morning.. Finally.. So far so good.

  • Bashar Shehab

    Me too.

  • Fabiano

    Using sd maid will it extract it the way you wish? I’m newbie.

  • Timel

    I hope Sony will get rid app drawer and on-screen buttons

  • Abdullah

    Use ES explorer and try to extract it. You might find it under Library -> APP. I’m not sure whether it’ll show but why not give it a try :)
    If you can get the APK likewise please upload it.

  • Abdullah

    Can someone upload this new Home APK?

  • Fabiano

    Hi, buddy. tell me your e-mail so I could send the file. Doing so, you’d be able to repost in a link for everyone. As I said, I’m quite newbie concerning to post stuff via links. Tks again.

  • Igor Eisberg
  • Igor Eisberg

    Posted the APK above.

  • Igor Eisberg

    Posted the APK link above.

  • Abdullah

    Hi, someone has uploaded it.. Just scroll through the comments; a Google Drive link is available.. Thanks by the way!

  • John Selvinraj

    Any one know the way to contact devs… through g+ or something

  • Demone Horobi

    No, I believe it means ‘it works in internal (not still released to the public or concept/betatester ) firmware release. Just wait for the next ‘concept’ release to be integrated. (it has to work with the headset, almost all (99,99%) the phones don’t have the internal fm antenna, and have to use the headset cable as antenna).
    my 2 cents
    Regards,
    Dh

  • Sergio

    You’re the real MVP, thanks Igor!
    For some reason your name sounds familiar to me… Are you the XperiFirm developer?

  • Igor Eisberg

    Yep.

  • Igor Eisberg

    There’s also an unsigned original APK on this post (has to be flashed):
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65979282&postcount=232

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Got the apk from XDA,
    The double tap to sleep works but requires the pin to unlock every time. Looks like i will have to skip this then :(
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/crossdevice-dev/sony-themes-apps/apk-sony-xperia-z5-premium-root-t3244233/post65981573#post65981573

  • Sadman Khan

    Yep I tried that as well. It’s because it’s a port and counts as a third party launcher. Let’s see what happens when we actually get it officially

  • Abdullah

    Thanks for uploading. I tried to install this but failed. Is the APK can only be installed in rooted devices?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Agreed. Wilk wait

  • Fabiano

    Pity, then… Probably mine would bring the same result. Let’s await another one.

  • Dilesh Perera

    interesting . anyway have to wait till it release. well about headsets its easy to decompile the radio app and make it work without headset. and since theres no internal antenna quality is not 100% all the time/places . i use even with bluetooth headset :)

  • Abdullah

    Yeah. BTW you could try the following (10.0.A.0.8) which is somewhat similar to the above version (10.0.A.0.24) and I’ve installed it… Cheers!

    https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/sony-mobile-communications/xperia-home/xperia-home-10-0-a-0-8-release/xperia-home-10-0-0-8-android-apk-download/

  • Igor Eisberg

    It probably fails because the signatures don’t match. You either should not have Xperia Home at all to install it, or have root and flash the original APK, replacing the old home-release.apk.

  • Fabiano

    Hi. After updating the concept on my device I got the 10.0.A.0.24 which has the double-tap to sleep. Thanks again.

  • Fabiano

    Hi everybody. Someone who updated the Concept to 3550 got to notice that the battery is running a little fast? Before the update, my device hadn’t this situation. Thank you all, beforehand.

  • Abdullah

    Ohh my goodness.. You’re already having it.. Just because the conversation went long I thought that you’re also another person fetching for the new home APK.. Haha anyway cheers :D

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Ouch that gingerbread progress bar

  • Gautham Varishtanjali

    I installed new xperia home in my Z1 Compact and the phone is now not switching on..it vibrates 3 times when i press the power button and restarts automatically many a times..what should i do now???

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