sony xperia z5 & z5 compact & Z5 premium aa 20

Now that Google has opened the Marshmallow floodgates, manufacturers are beginning to detail their plans for the update to Android 6.0.

Sony, one of the better Android OEMs when it comes to updates, has revealed exactly which devices will make the jump to Marshmallow. The list is predictable, if you’ve been following Sony over the past months, with just a couple of names shining through their absence.

These are the Sony devices that will receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as per a company blog post:

The most glaring absence here is that of the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact. Launched in September 2013 with Snapdragon 800 processors, the Z1 duo have outlived the two-year period that Google itself promises for major updates. Sony did release Android 5.1 for these devices, just last month.

It looks like the 2013 Xperia Z is also reaching its end of support line, which shouldn’t be a surprise, as Sony didn’t include it in the Android 5.1 update wave. Other devices not deemed worthy of Marshmallow include the Xperia E3, Xperia A4, Xperia T2 Ultra, and the Xperia Z Ultra.

Sony promised it would share more details on the updates “soon.” For what is worth, the post includes the standard disclaimer about timing and availability varying based on market and operator, and a rather ominous warning that some of the listed models may not get the update at all, for certain markets/operators.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Deimos Jang

    Xperia Z already got its 5.1.1 update.

  • jumbo3220

    Z series is already in latest 5.1.1 with linux kernel 3.4

  • Android lover

    Why OEM end give only two year support. So our $600 or 700 device worth two year support?

    • retrospooty

      That is pretty standard. 2 years for a flagship. I agree they could do better, especially since the Z1 is literally 2 yrs and 1 month old now. But it is pretty much normal for Android OEM’s

      • Shem68

        Yeah, and that’s the issue. I mean, seriously, 2-year support for a 600$ or 700$ flagship is ridiculous. But as long as we buy them, they’ll keep doing it…

      • Android lover

        But the techno is not very different like 2gb ram and quad core cpu they all same, i feel shame as OEM should give support till hardware can’t handle new OS. They shoul try better.

  • Phert Jorich Teves

    come on sony, please atleast give us 1 or 2(even better if 2) last major update for z ultra. its a one of a kind phone and there are people who loved for multimedia. its f***** expensive until now for a 2 year old device but we bought it.

  • Denis Vintiđ Erceg

    what BS…like there is much difference between Z1 and Z2, the cpu is SD801, with 2.3 ghz insted of SD800 with 2.2 ghz…

    • Boolean Corporation

      There is sure to be some custom ROMs for Z1 to address this. But yeah, my N5 has almost the same internals and got it because #Nexus.

      • Rodrigo Silva Dos Santos

        Nexus doesn’t have the Z1 camera, and that’s where the problem is. You can do a quick search on XDA and you’ll see, no Lollipop ROM for Z1 has functional camera. And that’s because the guys at Sony Imaging division don’t want to support the drive for the Rhine board.

    • Clarence Alvarado

      Technically, Z1 series is under the Rhine board while Z2/Z3 series is under the Shinano board. These two are unlike in which the devs has the power to make the software possible on a series of devices.

  • ratomms

    how about M2 ?

  • Clarence Alvarado

    I think Sony chose to end the support for the Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra series just because for the users of it to upgrade to Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium respectively in which the Z1 series started the small, medium and large form factor groupings.

    But if there will be a chance, I hope and I request Sony to have my Z1 a good taste of Marshmallow as the last and final update. It’s been a very great support from Sony from 4.2, 4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.4, 5.0.2, and now 5.1.1

    • B4kken

      How fast are they with updates? in your opinion. I’m tempted by the z5 but I read alot about them being slow on the update side.. leading me towards the Nexus 6P(update speed will obviously not be comparable). But the IP classification is pretty tempting still.

      • Brian De Guzman

        @B4kken:disqus as a Z3 user, in terms of update speed, Sony is not the fastest, they are one of the latest OEMs to jump to lollipop, but then when they did update to lollipop, they made sure that their rom is clean and stable (no memory leak issue)

        • Aadil

          Sony was about as fast as Motorola with the 5.1.1 and as as fast as Samsung when they released 5.0.
          They released lollipop at the end of January if I remember correctly and I received the update some time in mid- February

      • Rodrigo Silva Dos Santos

        Update speed will never reach the ‘update-on-launch’ nexus police, but they’re fast compared to others (motorola included).

      • Clarence Alvarado

        As a Sony user from Arc to Z1, I think Sony have improved their update performance in terms of bringing their premium devices on top of the list. It may sound more of a latecomer when it comes to Android updates, but hey, it is the most stable they deliver to their customers. Samsung or HTC may give you Lollipop the fastest but it’s stuck on 5.0.1, wherein us Sony have the 5.0.2 and ever more updated 5.1.1

    • Rodrigo Silva Dos Santos

      The reason why Sony isn’t updating 2 year old devices is not only for users to upgrade. Is because Android updates are expensive to the manufacturers and they have to choose wisely on witch devices they will continue to put their money. If any manufacturer support a device for for too long, they will be spending money updating and not getting any refund.

  • Wudien

    This does not bode well for my 2013 note 3.

  • Ulises Boom

    What can we expect for the Verizon Sony Xperia Z3v, when we are still waiting for Lollipop Upgrade?

  • Samplethief

    Depending on what HTC announcing in their October 10th unveil, I am tempted to upgrade my M8 to the Xperia Z5 Premium. Are there any Sony users on here who can give me some insight into what Sony are like with Android update time lines? HTC have been really good with getting them out quickly.

    • Rodrigo Silva Dos Santos

      Sony is pretty fast an supportive on Android Updates, compared to other manufacturers. Flagships got the newer versions in about 3 months, while the older and midrange devices vary to 5-7 months. Also, Sony support flagship phones for almost 2 and a half years, which is a pretty long time.

      • Aadil

        Flagships here mean Xperia Z2, Z3, Z4, I am sure

        • Rodrigo Silva Dos Santos

          The current line and the one before that. For the next year, it means ‘Z5, Z4/Z3+ and Z3’ series.

    • AsakuraZero

      i havent used a custom rom on my z3 EVER since i bought it, thats how good is Sony on their software.

      i had a z1 modded to hell jumping to the z3 showed their evolution too.

    • Vincentius Phang

      if you buy Z5 expect it to hit in March by latest. If you’re on Z3+ or Z3 expect it in June.

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Correct your article AA. Xperia Z series did in fact get the 5.1.1 update,

  • Luisterhead

    Z3v?? Not even mention..

  • sausalito

    Yet six months to wait for all these devices to be updated…

  • Vitalis felix

    Xperia Z got the 5.1.1 update and it’s awesome……

  • CDavisUnlimited

    I thought T-Mobile just released a list of phones that will get Marshmallow and the Z2 was not on it. Is that version of the Z2 going to get Marshmallow or not?

    • Alex

      There is not Z2 version for T-Mobile, just Z3.

      • CDavisUnlimited

        @Alex good call, I meant Z3.

  • Bartosz Wieczorek

    Z1 compact was released 21 months ago so it’s still younger than 2 years. I was really hoping they’d include it in the update. Oh well, going to have to root my phone anyway (so that I can install apps on SD card).

  • Will Komba

    Errm the original xperia z did recive 5.1.1…

  • Kliment Stamenkov

    Actually the Z1 Compact wasn’t released at the same time with the Z1. It was announced at CES 2014. Also the Z recieved 5.1.1.

  • Al-Mothafar M. Al-Hasan

    We need to wait more detailed and confirmed Because the Sony Z got 5.1.1 with Z1.

  • Paul M

    I reckon the community will blend the marshmallow firmware with the right kernels and system support and we’ll get MM on our older devices.
    Time to back up your TA partition, unlock your bootloader and join the hacking teams.

  • Renato Roškar

    From what I saw because I repair phones, all Xperia Z models have 5.1.1 on them… Yes it’s maybe the end for the first Z model for the official android M but other Z models are strong enaugh to handle it, also the Z Ultra which is in my opinion still a better phone than many new ones. Cheers!

  • Da Fuq

    The Z1 Compact actually launched in Jan 2014.

  • Bhushan

    But why is Sony xperia z1 isn’t getting the marshmallow being inspite a awesome smartphone from Sony?
    Why it is that Sony is treating uneven.?

  • zooozooo

    fuck you sony!! u supported xperia z th same as you supported xperia z1!! i fuck you shit sony shit as hell!! u dont want to support z1 users?? i will never buy a $700 phone from sony! shutty sony!! z1 facing so much battery issues with lollipop! and u mfs dnt want to clear it!! fuck ur update and fuck urself!! bloody money eaters!!!

  • RiTCHiE

    Wow samsung could learn from this… s3 got to 4.1, s4 got to 5.0.1 and those are just 2-3 years old. sony still upgrading the first z1 this fast.

  • Spencer Walker

    Sony should at least give the z ultra gpe the marshmallow update

  • manish

    I just weast of money 42500rs. No update