After rolling out Android Marshmallow to Xperia Z5 series, Sony is prepping ground to release the new update to a few more smartphones soon.
Sony has released the "Xperia Beta Program" application compatible with Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803) models on Google Play store (HERE). Once installed, the device owners will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will also get open access to Sony Mobile's developers.
By opening the communication line between the users and the software developers, Sony will be able to get feedback and iron out any glitches to improve the firmware before it is released to the public en masse. This is a welcome experiment being carried out by the company, which will help Sony avoid negative publicity. If the software is released without tests, some bugs may go unnoticed and result in a dip in performance of the devices and invite criticism from fans.
Going by the previous update release pattern, the company might commence the roll-out process by the end of this month or early March.
As of now, Xperia Beta Program is available only in Italy, Spain and Netherlands, reported Xperia Blog.
Besides Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact, other Sony devices, which are confirmed to get Android Marshmallow update are Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.
Watch this space for more updates.
For the uninitiated, Android Marshmallow brings the much-needed Doze power saving feature. Google has claimed that this feature will extend battery life by at least 30 percent depending on the device's internal hardware.
It also comes with a security boot system, new Google photos, support for more international dialects and new contextual assistance feature.