Some Sony devices will skip Android 5.1.1 and upgrade directly to Marshmallow

by: John DyeOctober 17, 2015
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A good amount of H1 2015 Sony devices still have yet to get an update to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, and it looks like that will remain the case for some time. According to Sony’s support pages, the Xperia Z3+, Z4 Tablet and a handful of mid-range devices such as the C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua and M5 won’t receive another software update until Android 6.0 Marshmallow rolls out to these devices. All of these devices are currently running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

On one hand, this is bad news for owners of these smartphones and tablets. Android 5.0 has a notoriously irritating memory leak that can wreak havoc on non-beast-mode devices. Which is to say, exactly the kind of devices we’re talking about. Android 5.1.1 fixes these issues for the most part, so it would be nice for Sony to push out the updates as soon as possible. 

On the other hand, this means Sony will begin working on the update to 6.0 Marshmallow much sooner. Owners of these Sony devices will be able to run one of the latest versions of Android much sooner than they would previously.

Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – October 15, 2015149

For a while, it looked like Sony was holding off on rolling out the 5.1.1 update until after the Xperia Z5 came out. Owners of seemingly abandoned devices clung to the hope that 5.1.1 would arrive in the night shortly after the Z5’s release, but that date passed without a word from Sony. Although Sony has made no official announcement regarding this issue, their Mobile Support pages indicate that a large number of devices will move directly to Marshmallow.

Are you affected by this update skip? Tell us about it in the comments.

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  • Lim Ming Quan

    I’ve the Z3C and I got my first 5.0.2 update in May and 5.1.1 in July. I then got 2 further updates (one in Sep and one just 2 weeks ago) which I presume are bug fixes and/or security updates. Looking forward to 6.0!

  • Tony Batty

    I am so annoyed that Sony has decided not to upgrade the Z1 to the Marshmallow 6.0 OS. I am a faithful Sony Xperia user and now I am thinking of jumping over to another phone model, not Sony anymore.

    • Martin B.

      What was you thinking? Google recommends OEMs to provide support for 18 months, and Z1 is more then two years old. Sorry, Sony have to do some profit too, as every company, and they won’t make any from guys like you, who will keep their phone for god know how long, expecting that OEM will be providing updates to latest Android version forever…

      • Tony Batty

        Boy, if you would live in a country like mine that only when you go out to another country, that you get to buy premium phones then you would see where I am coming from. I will upgrade to Z5, but until I get to travel abroad again. So please think before you talk.

        • Hotbod Handsomeface

          You should do some research on updates and take your own advice, Baby Batty.

    • Hotbod Handsomeface

      Whine some more you big fvkken baby. That phone is over 2 years old. Be happy you got 5.1.1. Many phones just as old or even newer didn’t get the latest LP.

      • Tony Batty

        Don’t be a jerk, you A$$ Hol3. Bcuz I never insulted anyone, people like you should be happy you can get your hands on new shit without any problems. So stop being such an awesome A$$ Hol3. Hahaha don’t think I can’t say a few things too.

        • Hotbod Handsomeface

          Good for you, and thank you for proving my point.

    • francis

      In that case, you should get Android One devices and Nexus devices if you want frequest updates for 2 years minimum

  • Tiberiu

    To be honest SONY aren’t bad at all on upgrading to latest OS versions. The Z1 is getting quite old and it also got the 5.1.1 so it’s not that bad. For example with Samsung I’m really pissed because they still haven’t release lollipop for Galaxy Note 2014 Edition (2k display, 3gb ram and octa core exynos) which is very powerful but it runs that stupid Touch Wiz with 4.4.2 Once again I’m quite pleased with Sony, owning a Z Ultra, I have 5.1.1 and I’m planning on getting a new Ultra if they release one in the future.

    • VersedNJ

      Really odd, but my Note 3 has lolipop, And has since the start of the summer.

    • Elfsiren

      I’m in almost the same situation as you. I’m rocking a Z3, running 5.1.1 and looking forward to 6.0 with SD card as internal storage adaptation, but my Note 2014 editon is stuck on Kit Kat. On the one hand, it works fine, but on the other hand, Samsung could’ve done us that favour.

  • Matthias

    I have a Z3 Tablet Compact running 5.1.1. The Z3+ is a newer device, wierd that it comes with 5.0 and didnt get updated

  • Oobiewan

    Already on 5.1 on T2 Ultra Dual sallalalalaa

    • love_my_school

      yeah,now tell us how much internal memory you have left.

      • Oobiewan

        Not significantly less than before. Actually, nowadays I have less memory issues.

  • abazigal

    And then 4 months later, Sony will announce that they are skipping 6.0 and will update directly to 7.0 once it becomes available….

  • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

    Sony sucks massive amounts of Monkey balls always

    • squiddy20

      How do you figure, based on this announcement? Oh, right, you claim that about everything not Samsung because you’re a childish, ignorant little Samsung fanboy.

  • Armaggedon16

    Eh better than samsung

    S5 doesn’t have 5.1.1 either

    • Aki I.

      S5 has 5.1.1.. Using it now and for the past like 2 months at least

  • Stevee

    Tmobile has only updated my Z3 to 5.0.2 from
    4.4.4. Next spring my phone will be one year old maybe I’ll have 6.0 by then.

  • Joshua Hill

    Pretty sure Sony users weren’t reporting problems with the memory leak and lollipop. It didn’t effect all users/handsets! Mostly just nexus devices and I think some HTC ones.

  • Filly Jnr

    Just got an xperia M4 aqua the other day and looking forward to Marshmallow, as for the memory leak, im not sure i have it, my old lg g2 is on 4.4.4 and has 2gb of ram and the xperia seems to hold more apps then it

    • Robert Dunn

      The memory leak refers to the RAM and how over time less and less RAM becomes available due to a bug in Lollipop 5.0

  • budleee

    I don’t get it. My Xperia Z has the 5.1.1 update but the newer Xperia’s are still at 5.0?

  • Laura

    Hi my z3 is still running 4.4.4 and never updates does anyone know why? Thanks

  • AndrTech

    The Android Nougat will be come out soon, and now the Android 6.0 OS is the latest one. I need to buy a budget phone for myself and find that Bluboo Maya with Android 6.0 OS is good, it only needs $69.99. What do you think?