Android N Developer Preview arrives on Xperia Z3

by XB on 21st April 2016

in Android, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Android N Developer PreviewSony Mobile and Google have released the Android N Developer Preview for selected variants of the Xperia Z3 (D6603 and D6653 only). This gives developers a chance to get Android N apps ready for the upcoming update. This includes new app features such as multi-window UI and direct reply notifications.

If you want to find further information, then check out the source link, which details how to flash the Android N Developer Preview. To do this you will need to connect to the latest version of Xperia Companion (v1.1.24 or later). You will be able to return to factory settings at any time using Xperia Companion.

What’s new in Android N Developer Preview?

Multi-window – This new multitasking feature lets users view two apps or Activities at the same time, with the system resizing them as needed to fit the device or tablet screen. All apps targeting Android N are resizeable unless they opt-out, so make sure your layouts and resources are optimized.
Bundled notifications – You can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group your app’s notifications together for easier scanning.
Direct reply notifications – Use the RemoteInput notification API to enable users to respond quickly to notifications, without leaving the notification shade.
Efficiency – Adapt your apps to use Doze to save even more power in Android N. There are also new behaviors in Project Svelte, aiming to reduce the memory needs of Android.

Via Sony.

Thanks SSyar!

  • TharakaKS

    Wow.. Just Awesome.. Just wanna try right now.. Z3 rocks!!!

  • Matt

    xperiaa z5 ? lol no

  • Chee Siong Lee

    Marshmallow hasn’t properly released then they step into Android N???

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    Please,please,please N for Z2,at least official. Please!

  • asgaro

    All within 1 month:
    – Sony releases Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
    – Sony releases Concept ROM to the public
    – Sony releases Android N Developer Preview (Please bring it to the Z3C)

  • Dean Newell

    Interesting how they support the Z3 with all these preview ROMs. I’m pretty sure the Z2 sold better, and the Z5 is their newest Z-series phone, so weird that they pick the Z3.

  • asgaro

    Wait, is this an indirect confirmation the Z3 series will still receive Android N officially?

  • KzX

    That is Developer Preview not for normal users.

  • serendipity1002

    Wow, just wow

  • Florin Costin

    Where did you come from? from Mars????
    1.Sony releases Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 – only for some markets, without operators, without europe!!! So, they don’t!
    2.Sony releases Concept ROM to the public – in october 2015 !!!!! So, they don’t in 1 month !!!!
    3.Sony releases Android N Developer Preview …. how many months or years to stable official release?????

    Like I sad: Sony goes from bad to worse!!!!

  • Sadman Khan

    Z3 Users are like the luckiest :’D Hello Alvin :P

  • Dominic81

    Once again, the Z5 is left in the dark… :( Should have got a Z3 I guess

    -No 6.0.1
    -No beta programs

  • fluxx

    Why so angry? Sony is one of the more open Android manufacturers when it comes to community support and they are one of the best when it comes to how many devices get the update. How many other 2 year old Android tablets have received Marshmallow yet? The only thing Sony could improve is development speed – but I still prefer actually getting a stable update sometime rather than getting it never or unstable.

  • asgaro

    Regarding point 2: I meant to say that Sony made Concept ROM easily accessible for all countries beginning of April. Previously, only select countries were allowed and you could only circumvent it by doing “XDA expert stuff”. See here: Post is dated beginning of April.

  • fluxx

    I guess so.

  • fluxx

    If they have the resources, why not? Perhaps we will see an earlier update to Android N – one of the goals Google has set for the manufacturers.

  • ????? ????????

    Its Alin Jerpelea (their main dev) fav phone, so I dont mind. :)

  • Xperia Z3 Compact, please.
    Xperia Z3 Compact, please.
    Xperia Z3 Compact, please.

  • Tendy Fish

    weird perspective indeed

  • Tendy Fish

    any chance of the Z3C getting this?

  • Marek Šoltys

    Z3 compact pls

  • YuuriAyano

    Sony likes their Z3 ehhhh

  • Patrick Bateman

    Florine esti o RUSINE!

  • Kadek

    Xperia z5 series be like……….

  • Sadman Khan

    Bro :'(

  • Kadek

    As z5c user, I know that feeling … :'(

  • Matt

    google is not even finished with N yet.
    most likely its a platform to test all sony apps on N

  • Bashar Shehab

    Actually Sony said that Z3 sold better than Z2.

  • Dean Newell

    Really? That surprises me. Do you have a source?

  • Bashar Shehab

    Sorry, I read it in early 2015, it’s really old news and it would be hard to remember where I read that. Sorry.

  • Florin Costin

    I was upset primarily on misinformation of asgaro: not a month were those achievements!!

    Lack of communication from Sony, endless deadlines….The Concept ROM announced since October 2015…

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So Xperia Z2 ain’t getting??

  • Florin Costin

    Argumente? Tot ce am scris e cu argumente, date concrete… E usor sa zici esti o rusine, poate esti tu!!! Lucrezi la Sony? Atunci fa bine si comunica cu clientii !!!

  • Florin Costin

    Like you said:only select countries! For me not yet reached Marshmallow !!! And in all Europe!

  • hansip

    My small app statistics disagree though. Z2 is sold much better. BUT, if the compact model is counted on then yes it’s sold more.

  • Bashar Shehab

    I guess the Z3c is counted, you know, it’s a “Z3” afterall… :p

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  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    Now think of us, (m5 users) how we are our even the m4 users who are even on older OS

  • raju

    Z1 compact still rocking

  • asgaro


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  • sebastianer

    In the mean time…the Z5 development team still trying to figure out how to fix bugged auto Brightness in Z5 series.

  • sebastianer

    And bugged auto brightness.

  • John Walker

    Fuck off samsung fan boy

  • Florin Costin

    Fuck you stupid ox!!! I’m not samsung fan you idiot! I have Xperia phone and therefore I’m on this blog!!!

  • Florin Costin

    I hope…:D

  • John Walker


  • hansip

    Nah, because when Android N comes, i’m not sure if Small apps is still available #tantrum

    Anyway, it’s a developer preview so not a big concern.. But i do wish that my XZU get it ASAP though.

  • Nikola Maruni?

    I remember seeing some sale statistics ( and the quarter Z3 family was released trumped any other quarter in last few years, and in the years after. Z3 family gave some life to Sony Mobile but they lost it quickly due to premature and unnecessary launch of Z4/Z3+.

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  • smartuser8

    Xperia Z3 Compact, please.

  • Charbel Aoun

    For xperia z3 only. Z5 have no love

  • Sadman Khan

    Same :'(

  • Charbel Aoun

    Nice job from sony and google, but sony sloudn’t forget the Z5 series and Z2, because 3 programs are in work for one device
    Where is MM for C5, M4, M5 and C4???

  • Abdullah

    Seems like Xperia Z3 is the most preferred phone out of all…
    Why Z3 always? Can I know the reason behind this?

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  • Jonathan Bratanata

    Since the Z3 is (almost 100% sure) to get it, the Z2 will probably get it to! I have no regrets buying the Z3

  • Jonathan Bratanata

    I hope so!

  • Hoyz

    plz rlzd also for Z3C

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Me too, I think I am gonna get a Z3 :D if this happens, But I am strongly in Make.Believe :D

  • John Mcbride

    I won’t be so sure about Z3 and older devices getting an official android N, i mean Sony released android M developer preview for Z1 & Z1 Compact and neither of them got the official release.

  • Deckard_Cain

    If this is available for the Z3 you can bet that even if there’s no official N for the Z2 there will be great ROM ports to the Z2 since their hardware and drivers are almost exactly the same.

  • Brick

    Best selling Xperia yet… Also I assume z5 users aren’t likely to use their expensive brand new toy as a testbed for an unstable build of stock Android…

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    That`s me in this moment,I`m searching for a trade in my country before it be too late.

  • David Hvatov

    Sony please don’t ignore Z2, pleeease!

  • joe

    i have the last firmware on my Z5 Compact and the auto brightness is perfect .

  • Patrol619

    I think no. The New Xperia Companion is not supported for Z2, but only For Z3 and above. So that says it all.

  • Joseph Bartolo

    O still have not received marshmallow on my z3

  • muhkuhap

    Sadly that’s it. Working auto brightness. Rest sucks. Camera is unbelievable worse.

  • Brick

    Those did not receive it officially if I recall correctly, it was made available by freexperia.

  • nomen88
  • Mateus B. Cassiano

    You guys should stop with this idea of “I have the most recent flagship, I must get updates earlier”, this is a test release, probably with bugs, so, for a business perspective it’s completely natural they’re aiming at the model with the higher market share, after all there’ll be more units running this “beta” software, potentially reporting bugs earlier (although this isn’t exactly applicable to a Developer Preview).

    Sure, Z5 is newer, it’s more feature packed, etc., but the number of Z5 units sold until now are nothing when compared with Z3. Other OEMs did exactly that in past, Moto G, for example, got test releases and official updates earlier than Moto X despite being a mid-range phone, for exactly the same reason, higher market share…

  • Utsav Shah

    but never supported Camera API2.

  • Kadek

    I just want to test the Vulkan API and how the performance increased. Especially on emulator like ppsspp or Purei.
    Because on desktop its like major improvement on my 750TI Grapic Card.

  • Kadek

    ours too. z3 series 6.0.1, Z5 series 6.0

  • could_you_doge

    your phone is shit. it shouldn’t get any single update. you want updates? get the flagship.

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez


  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    Amen bro,amen.

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    sftu. Be more respectful,you don´t know why he have a M5 or M4,everyone have their own personality.

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    If that’s what you have to offer please stay away, also while not flagship the M5 is very good phone (not the best) and don’t forget the m5 is due to be updated to android 6

  • could_you_doge

    u poor shit get a real job so u won’t have to deal with this garbage asshole

  • could_you_doge

    u poor shit get a real job so u won’t have to deal with this garbage asshole.

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    Fun fact I do have a decent job and I will update my phone as soon as the X performance or the rumored premium is available, now go ask your parents to buy you a new one

  • could_you_doge

    i already have xperia z3+ which i got with my own money retard

  • Kosacka

    Who cares about N Developer Preview, I want Xperia X Compact..

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    We can see who is the retard is by the way you speak, also good for you (was it allowance money that you saved up?)and please remember the you attacked me first not the other way around

  • could_you_doge

    i didn’t attack anyone i just stated the facts

  • Brick

    Z5 will get the actual release of N before all others (except maybe x series), so they really have no reason to be mad. I wouldn’t want to mess with this kind of pre alpha software on my z3, let alone a brand new z5. Let the developers use dev preview software, I’ll enjoy the stable release.

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    You know what? You are right I saw is as an attack, my bad (and I am not joking) though coming back to your original statement the m5 will or should get the update because Sony said so back when they announced the update roadmap

  • Eduardo Otero

    It would be better an Xperia Performance Compact.
    If Sony makes an Xperia X Compact it would have less power than the Snapdragon 820 gives.
    Well I still hope an Xperia Z6 with its Compact version at IFA.

  • Luis alexander rosas velasquez

    Poor? If I want I can buy 2 S7,but I like my Z2,When I was buying the Z2,I could afford a Z3,but the design is awful for me. So don´t speak about money in a forum where you don´t know who´s anyone.

  • kansas Boy

    The z1 series got Marshmallow preview via the Xperia Aosp program and Sony only provided the binaries which had to be manually compiled by very advanced developers. This is a full ftf release most likely for Sony to test their N base and once N is actually released the preview will roll into the concept program or the beta program.

  • John Mcbride
  • John Mcbride
  • John Mcbride

    I’m a Z3c owner and i’m pretty sure that it’s more than capable to run Android N, however i must be realistic and not expect Sony to support my device for more than 2 years.

  • Shanila S Jayakody

    Just installed Android n developer preview! D6653

  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Dont feed troll…

  • SRI_LANKA_GodFather

    How did u install it?
    How is it buddy?
    Any issues?

  • Shanila S Jayakody

    Lots of bugs. Didn’t receive any ota yet from sony! Updated to marshmellow and Installed it from xperia companion. Press right alt on ur keyboard and click on software repair. That’s all follow the instructions.

  • SRI_LANKA_GodFather

    Better to go to marshmallow than N then

  • Douglas A

    I kinda wish I hadn’t sold my Z3 and upgraded to the Z5!

  • Dion

    Clearly you attacked him you hateful little cocksucker, who cares if you have a z3+ did you accomplished something now? you’re pathetic.

  • Rahul Shankar

    idiot. Sony is releasing marshmallow for M4 and M5 whether you like it or not. your opinion does not matter and you can shove your z3 plus up your candy ass. i have a z5 premium because thats why i wanted, my brother has a M5 bcas thats what he wanted. Everyone has their own taste. Now having said that STFU bitch,

  • Shanila S Jayakody

    most of all not every app supports android N yet. so that’s bad

  • coach

    Guys, relax! This is a preview! It is not ment to be a daily driver. Also, the Z3 series is one the most succesful for Sony, which means many more devices to test it and report bugs. The z3 is also old enough for people to be tingering with it, and more people willing to try new stuff. Hardware on the z3 is tested throughout, which means it is much easier for them to port and fix stuff

  • could_you_doge

    only poor retards like you indians who rape their sisters buy this garbage which was meant for

  • could_you_doge

    you clearly can’t read shit you dipshit fucktard. now thats an attack

  • marksapolloa

    And I am STILL waiting for Android 6 to hit my Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact……. It must be amongst the last of Sony’s devices to get it!

  • Rahul Shankar

    you are an elevated level of dog shit. I give up. cant level up to your level of garbage.

  • could_you_doge

    says the dipshit from country of retards

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  • Jav Abyte

    I don’t understand – i have z3 (d6603) i launch sony companion and there’s nothing

  • Jav Abyte

    see ??

  • Nav

    Wow, meanwhile my m4 aqua still on 5.0

  • Luke

    Just installed it on the D6603 ! Android N is awesome and incredibly stable, every feature and every app seem to work. No crash to report until now (only 2 hours of usage though).
    For now I recommend it, skip M and go directly to N !!! It’s an unexpected great job Sony.

  • Stevie

    can we expect this to arrive on z3 compact as well?

  • hmmm

    Can we please be able to call a number saved when we are on a call,after the person we are talking to,hangs up??????????every time the contact dissapears if that person hangs up..the only way is to save it,before call,but that takes time!

  • Akash Nandawadgi

    its not abt z5 ! thy first do check with mid highend device n den if everything works good den der ll be next update available for other devices..

  • Norarbranch1

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  • Alexander

    Xperia Z3 COMPACT, please.

  • koofe jood

    Not Sony companion. Xperia companion.
    Then hold Alt and click software repair. That’s it.

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