Last week, HTC and Motorola announced a list of devices eligible for Google's latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Now Sony has joined the bandwagon to detail the Xperia series smartphones entitled for future OS upgrades.
The company has confirmed that the Android 6.0, Marshmallow will be available for: 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.
However, the company has not detailed any specific release time-line, but if history is taken as any indication the roll-out process is likely to begin in early 2016.
There is also a slight possibility of Sony surprising fans by releasing the update before the end of 2015. Sony had a terrible time deploying 5.0 Lollipop, but it was understandable as the source code provided by Google was riddled with bugs. If the Marshmallow OS is glitch-free, then it will be easy for Sony to fast track the roll-out process. Stay tuned for more updates.
For the uninitiated, Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes with native support for fingerprint sensor input, leaner and faster Chrome browser, more intuitive Now on Tap feature, new security feature verified boot system, support for more international dialects, new contextual assistance feature, Google photos and auto back-up from where all app's user data (less than 25MB) will automatically be stored in Google Drive.
The key attribute of Marshmallow is the Doze power saving feature, which has been incorporated in the Android Marshmallow to extend battery life, which was sorely missed in previous v5.0 Lollipop OS.