Sony acquires Israel-based Altair Semiconductor in an effort to boost IoT. The deal is valued at $212 million and expected to close in February 2016.
Sony acquires Israel-based Altair Semiconductor in an effort to boost IoT. The deal is valued at $212 million and expected to close in February 2016.Reuters

Sony Mobile has started rolling out the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system to the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact devices for testing before a public release. The firmware is not released to all devices but only to those registered for the Xperia Beta programme.

The Japanese technology giant has released the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to only its Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 Compact devices till date though its rivals like LG, HTC and Motorola have seeded the firmware to several of its handsets. However, it initiated Xperia Beta programme application compatible with Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803) models on Google Play store a month ago, giving a clear hint that it was working on releasing the firmware to its devices.

Now, a report by Xperia Blog has claimed that the firmware has been rolled out to those in the Xperia Beta programme, updating handsets to the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow via build number 23.5.A.0.486. 

[Read: Android 6.0 Marshmallow update rolled out to Sony Xperia Z5]

Interestingly, Sony Mobile UK (via XperiaBlog) had earlier claimed while responding to a query on Twitter that Android 6.0 Marshmallow update would be rolled out to the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z series -- Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium – on 7 March but it turned out to be not accurate as only Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium have received the firmware so far. 

Sony has confirmed that Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will be released to devices like Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.

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