Android M Developer Preview For Sony Smartphones Is Out: How To Install New OS On Your Xperia?
Android M: Developer Preview For Sony Smartphones Released; List Of Supported Devices And How To InstallSony

Sony has rolled out a preview version of Google's latest Android M software for its Xperia smartphones so that developers can check for app compatibility ahead of a public release.

The experimental build of new OS is not meant for regular users or a primary device as it comes with several limitations. But if you wish to get a taste of Android M on your Xperia smartphone, Sony has complete set of details on the new software.

Before proceeding with the upgrade, ensure your Xperia smartphone is a part of Sony Open Device program and must have an unlocked boot loader. Below is a list of all the Xperia devices that can be upgraded with Android M Preview:

  • Xperia Z3
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • Xperia Z2
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • Xperia Tablet Z
  • Xperia E3
  • Xperia M2
  • Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Xperia T3
  • Xperia L
  • Xperia S

The experimental software is mainly targeted at developers simply to test if their apps are compatible with the new OS. But if users are tempted to install the developer preview of Android M, be prepared for some missing features such as on-board modem to access the internet from the device, working camera software and access to Google apps and services. For those who are willing to take the risk, there's a step-by-step guide to help you with the installation, complete with necessary links for downloading files from Google as well as Sony.

Sony has divided the installation guideline into six different categories, each with individual steps necessary to successfully flash Android M on your device.

[Follow Sony's Guide HERE]

Besides Sony Xperia smartphones, only Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Nexus Player have received access Android M Developer Preview. Unlike Xperia smartphones running Android M Preview, Nexus devices have access to Google apps and services so developers can test the performance of Gmail or Google Now besides the third-party apps, PC World reports.