Xperia Beta update released allowing all apps to SD card (23.5.A.1.203)

by XB on 8th June 2016

in Firmware, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 series

Xperia Z3 Beta_23.5.A.1.203_3Sony Mobile released an Xperia Beta update last week, as expected. The update with build number 23.5.A.1.203 is available for beta users of users of the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803).

As mentioned previously, this update includes around 400 fixes and improvements. One of these includes the option to transfer apps to the SD card. However, don’t confuse this with adoptable storage, as Sony devs have said that there are no plans to implement it. This SD card feature is similar to that already seen in Android Lollipop. The update should be out to all Beta users now.

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  • Abdul Ghani

    its just like lollipop can transfer not full data still i would say adoptive storage is better option

  • Rammstone

    I still haven’t got any marshmallow update for my Z2 tablet. Is that normal?

  • Alvin

    Adoptive storage and being able to transfer all apps to sd card is two different stuff lol

  • Paul

    How can I sign up to be a beta tester? I would love these updates on my z2.

  • Chew Loh Seng

    Verizon LTE unit or international LTE/WiFi unit? If it’s VZW LTE then definitely, but international one you may want to crossflash another variant through Flashtool.

    I’ve Android MM on my Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE (international) already, btw.

  • Wolf0491

    Is this like on lollipop to where everytime the app updates I have to move it to SD card again

  • Mrr Vann

    always have beta for z series…. how about Xperia C and M series?? when it can update to Marshmallow??

  • Jose Mariano

    And what happen with the M4 and the others series?

  • Tendy Fish

    what are the other 399 fixes?

  • Ashleyahammond4

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  • Sadman Khan

    You can just flash the beta firmware via flashtool. You can probably find it on xda

  • Paul

    is that the program called emma?

  • any ideas if the Z3 Compact will get the Stamina mode update on Marshmallow. It was a really good feature. I know for sure that Z3+ is getting,

  • pytajnik

    How do I opt-in for the beta?

  • joseph carmine nero

    No.use unofficial flashtool

  • LittleBlueDot

    My updated Z3 has the bluetooth crackling music bug. Bluetooth headphones are unusable for music listening. How can they break such a basic functionality ? What the heck their QA does all these months ?

  • Azzy

    He didn’t say they’re the same things

  • Azzy
  • Matt

    Why is it the better Option??

    We have less control with adoptable storage , and we cannot use the sd card for anything else

  • Paul

    just installed android 6 on my z2 using the guide on this site using the flashtool. its amazing, I love my phone again. many thanks for the replies.

  • Aiden Pearce

    If only they would give Adoptable storage in coming updates

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    With adoptable storage the SD card is just as useful with the sole exception being its no longer removable.
    You can still store media downloads and everything else on it.
    Plus there’s the added benefit of apps installing to it automatically, android moves some system files over and as it replaces the ‘internal SD’, poorly written apps that will only install data to the ‘internal SD’ are forced to save to adopted external SD’.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    You can enable Adoptable Storage on the Z series running Marshmallow.
    I’ve got .575 in my Z3TC and I enabled it using the instructions for the Samsung S7 in MoDaCo
    I will caution you to leave some space for “external SD” or the stock camera app won’t work.
    Also, make sure you have a FAST SD card. My Kingston Class 10/UHS-1 (18MB/14MB) too slow and is giving me lag.

  • Matt

    hmm , that does not counting that sd cards are slow.

    i do understand why sony removes that, and now they gave back the core functionality which is moving app to sd cards which never been great before.

    i personally does not care either way,
    1. i used extra light rom(with adoptable storage enabled , but i do not use it)
    2. i dont like installing app like crazy

    im just curious why people really up tight about it.

    my prediction is google enables that or made the adoptable storage for low ends devices with slow internal storage , so the slow speed of sd card wont matter.

  • Abdul Ghani

    we can do everything with adoptive storage install apps use for camera copy anything on it from pc it has infinite functionality just buy a better sd card

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    both already past their update cycle

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    at my place when i ask seller to sell class 10 memory card they said class 4 already sufficient. they too lazy to sell class 10……

  • Sadman Khan

    Nope. Flashtool by Androxyde

  • Matt

    I can’t . . English mate, English.

  • dope

    Yeah, and during that whole freaking cycle we only got 1 lousy update that only brought problems. I think that sony should at least bring move to sd card option to all the devices in a small update, because they fucked up with the decision not to. I cant install many apps because of that. I am buying a new phone soon and hell it won’t be sony for sure.

  • lightrush

    OTAs don’t work after enabling adoptable, even if you leave space for external SD.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    Stamina is sort-of in beta right now, but it’s not the same stamina we all know and love.
    Read the details below:

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    Yep, pretty much. Adoptable Storage fixes that. Apps install automatically to where ever there is more space (SD or eMMC)

  • Tania Campos

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  • Renato Parreira

    First of all, Who in the hell removes the sd card from their phone?
    Don’t you guys know what a pen drive is or what is good for?

    But why Adoptable Storage is good?
    I don’t like to have to transfer all my apps everytime they update.

    I don’t like to have to remove pictures and shit like that from Whatsapp folder to clear space…


    You don’t download many apps? Well, I do… And so do 99% of the people… I should be able to do whatever I want with my phone and Sony removing this feature is just so damn arbitrary.

    We are not stupid, we know the costs of having an SD Card as an “internal memory”. But do we care? No, we don’t… We just want more space..

    Anyway, it is ok, we got a bunch of new amazing stickers so we are good…

  • Renato Parreira

    Can somebody explains why Adoptable Storage won’t be an option?

    We all know that gibberish about speed and shit..

    Can’t we have at least an option to choose???

  • Essam Alkazzaz

    Do we get this update through pc companion or wifi? coz I didn’t have it yet!!

  • Damian Ismael Bahamondes Valen

    how can i get that beta updates?

  • @renato_parreira:disqus +1 for “I don’t like to HAVE 3 F* GB OF THUMBNAILS EATING MY WHOLE STORAGE” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m up to over 4GB of thumbnails… :-/

  • Matt

    we? who is we ?

    you can say that because you do understand how the phone works. Normal consumer who just “accidentally” activate this feature can tell, hey how come my xperia is slow ? in comparison to samsung ? without knowing that using sd card as internal memory will make the thing sluggish. there is a reason why sony samsung and lg does not allow such a feature

    if you really wanted it , go to XDA and flash the firmware that enables you to do so (i m currently running one).

  • Saikat Pradhan

    after update B NO: 32.2.A.0.224 many times application incident and application not responding showing on xperia support. few apps also sometimes not responding.then its show on xperia support result . is any one having this problem. how it disable it

  • Lewis Soares

    Anyone else don’t have pictures showing through album and music not showing from the media player after the update? I can see things from my internal storage, none from my external

  • Alz

    Ha, just activated adoptable storage manually, not waiting for Sony anymore. Let’s see if it’s a nice feature or not.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    So I’ve just upgraded to a 128GB UHS-I/U3 card. That fixed the performance problems perfectly. Now I can’t tell from load-times alone if an app is on internal storage or SD :)

  • Matt

    yep, that is a solution, one way or another, but not everyone can buy that sort of stuff can they.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    I prefer stock firmware for the most part. The best suggestion I’ve heard is to “hide” a switch for Adoptable storage in Developer Options. Keeps it out of the hands of non-power users, but leaves it there for those of us who want it.

  • Spencer Navarra-Chew

    Very true. I’m just posting my progress.
    I bought the card on sale and am loving not having to worry about storage space for the first time ever.

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