Check out Sony’s Marshmallow beta for Xperia Z3 (Update: rolling out now!)

by: Nirave GondhiaOctober 19, 2015
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Update (10/19): Sony has just revealed that its concept Marshmallow build is now rolling out to those lucky few who managed to get their hands on an invitation in time. The company says that the concept build will be rolling out over the next few weeks, so don’t worry if your phone hasn’t received it yet.

What’s more, due to the “fevered interest” of this testing program, Sony has released another batch of invites! If you weren’t able to get your hands on an invite the first time around, now is your chance. Head to the Play Store to download Sony’s Concept for Android application, sign up, and you might be able to score early access.

Remember, you’ll need either an Xperia Z3 (D6603) or Xperia Z3 Compact (D5803) in one of the select markets (listed below) in order to take advantage of the program.

Download Sony's Concept for Android from Google Play

Original post (10/7): Earlier this year Sony announced a new beta scheme called Concept for Android, which allowed Xperia users to trial software builds for their smartphones as they went through the various concept stages. Having allowed users to trial Lollipop, Sony has now decided to allow users to trial the Android Marshmallow update.

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Like the original initiative, Sony is using the concept to help design and form its Marshmallow update from the ground up based on a few fundamentals: prolonged battery  life, smooth and fast performance, a sleek user interface and Sony’s apps and experiences. Sony says that it hopes to use the beta to be more responsive in developing and deploying updates to the Android OS for its Sony smartphones.

The initiative is open to 10,000 users of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact users in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. If you have one of these devices, head over to the “Concept Sign-up” app (which is only available in these countries) to sign up for the trial but remember, its limited to just 10,000 places so you’ll need to be quick.

Were you part of the original trial and do you plan to sign up for this concept? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

  • Ariana Williams

    Xperia z3 marshmallow will get update… I am too excited to see thiss..

  • OZ

    I am from Romania :( I will not get the update :(

    • Kariko

      You will get the marshmallow update in future, this is just for beta tester

  • Rat

    My Z3c is ready and my Z5c will be ready for Marshmallow :)

  • smehks

    i was in the previous group and will be joining this time too.
    Firstly its not as big of a deal as it sounds, its a fully vanilla android and then we have a google+ group to write the changes we want, and there is a beta app with some polls now and then, so the main thing seems to be the bugs. its a cheap way to make a new os for the phone and get it bugtested for almost nothing.
    BUT, its still a very nice thing from Sony since you feel like you are a part of the development team.

  • Sunny Sarraf

    I cannot download this app on my Xperia Z3. Can anyone tell me why?

  • WoLfEnStEiN619

    I know it maybe not be down to android but I do wish that Sony would add call barring for numbers like some of the other phones have without having too use a 3rd party app. Yep I know slightly off the subject.

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  • Falenone

    Z3? What about my Z5 I want 6.0 too

  • I used the Sony application to back the contents of my phone up, then flashed it with 6. The Sony Application couldn’t ‘see’ my phone to restore the backed up files – I’m trying to determine what I did wrong.

    I love the fact that it literally restores your phone to the way it was prior to the flashing -save for the data in your back up.

    Eventually I flashed the previous version of Android back onto my phone and restored from back up without any issues.

    I loved what I saw and look forward to the official release.