March 17, 2016
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While many OEMs opt to forgo major Android OS updates, Sony has truly stood out from the pack in its more recent endeavors: last month saw the introduction of a Marshmallow Beta that was made available for older hardware. To the inevitable delight of Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 (and Z3 Compact) owners – flagships from the recent past – they can opt to melt with Android’s latest.

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Unfortunately it seems the Beta had some bugs that proved problematic, as Sony is now informing those running the release of changes to be made in the next one. Specifically, the next version of the Marshmallow Beta will address bugs with the Double-tap to wake feature not working 100% of the time, as well as audio-related trouble  that occurs when using Bluetooth devices.

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Curiously enough, at least one user on Xperia Blog has commented that their Xperia Z5, running the official Android Marshmallow build, is indeed having the same audio-related problems. Stuart Gardoll writes that:

I wish the Beta Program was available for Z5. The Marshmallow update has rendered my Bluetooth audio virtually unlistenable with constant crackling and distortion.

Another user was quick to point out that the Z5 had access to the Beta, though it was in fact before the release of the official build. Indeed it would appear that Android Marshmallow, as Sony has integrated it prior to the upcoming Beta, may indeed be causing sound-related problems. As Sony is apparently aware enough of the issue to fix the Beta, one might assume it will get on the ball with addressing the complaints surrounding the Z5 in the near future as well.

Xperia Z2 and Z3 users running the Marshmallow Beta should keep their eyes peeled for the pending update, and stay tuned to Android Authority for the latest news related to these devices, and countless others.

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