Sony Concept for Android firmware leaked and available for download

by: Robert TriggsJuly 29, 2015

Sony Concept for Android Xperia 3

Following the leaked screenshots ealier, the complete firmware for Sony’s Concept for Android has appeared online too. The file is available for Xperia Z3 owners, if you fancy unofficially joining the Swedish beta testers.

As the screenshots showed previously, the Concept OS is virtually a stock Android experience, with only a minimal number of Sony apps included to cater for necessities like music and camera functionality.

While this might please stock Android fans, it does come with its own set of trade offs. Installing the firmware means that you will lose most of the features that Sony added to the Xperia Z3 to make it more unique. These include double tap to wake, low brightness mode and Xperia Themes, as well as display and sound enhancements. Furthermore, the ROM apparently doesn’t add in anything of value above any other stock Lollipop ROM at the moment, so there isn’t a whole lot to be explored right now.

sony logo mwc 2015 1See also: New screenshots show off Sony’s Concept for Android OS40

The software is only available for the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603) model and must be flashed like other pieces of stock firmware, meaning that explorers will have to back up their data first or it will be lost. You can find the download instructions and files in the source link below.

If you do try it out, please let us know your thoughts. Otherwise, the video below should give you a good idea of what the concept is all about.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    Interesting. If only they would make it easy for people to switch to a stock like version on every phone. I’m looking at samsung

    • Blowntoaster

      although that is a great idea and many people no doubt would want that, you have to wonder why Samsung would develop two different roms. it would mean double the resources to support them.
      the Stock Android rom would have to be tweaked and optimized to work properly on Samsung’s hardware, and a seperate team would be working on the Touchwiz variant. would make sense for them as a business.

      • John-Phillip Saayman

        Ah yes I think that would probably be too much to ask. Guess we have to keep flashing our own roms.

        • Shamoy Rahman

          I would prefer Sony to do this and not Samsung. Sony was a big pioneer of a lot of the technology we use today and many of the technologies Samsung uses in its smartphones.

  • John Doe

    I love what Motorola has done concerning their light additions to a more or less stock android OS.
    Add only what makes the phone a better experience, and leave the rest as a Google Play downloadable option.
    On that note Sony does not have a super heavy UI on their phones like say Samsung does ..
    I think the push could be from Google to keep android up-to-date on all phones.
    If you think about it, the less work a manufacturer has to do to certify a new OS or update to their
    phones, the less cost to them to keep them all updated.
    It also makes their customers happy, as they will hopefully get their updates sooner than later.

    • Shamoy Rahman

      Actually Xperia UI is the lightest skin ever, this Android concept is not much different except it minimizes a few apps. Sony needs to get rid of some small bloatware apps like Socialife and Video Unlimited and give users to download these apps instead. Also, Sony needs to bake its features into the stock UI so that the long battery life and the camera clarity is integrated into the stock or near stock apps. I love what Sony did with 5.1.1 by making the quick toggles like stock but giving you the option to customize your quick toggles. No way in hell is the Xperia UI ever even close to as bad as Samsung’s horrible TouchWiz UI.

  • smehks

    im one of the beta testers, and as you say its nothing more than the stock android 5,1,1 for the moment, we have a app to leave feedback for suggestions, feedback, and bugreports. Other than that its the closed google+ forum where all the things to add and not to add in the coming version that is the big thing, (That is if Sony really listens to what we say in there)…