Android 6 Marshmallow for Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra
Google recently released Android Marshmallow operating system on September 29th and also uploaded to AOSP on October 5th. Sony updated Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop a few months ago. Currently Sony is working on pushing out the Android 5.1.1 update to Xperia Z1 series. Sony also has to update the Xperia Z1 along with Xperia Z3 and Z2 to Android Marshmallow after it’s released. But in the official Marshmallow upgrade list of Sony, Xperia Z1 series is not present! So it seems that Android 5.1.1 Lollipop is the final Android update for Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra. But some rumours are saying that Sony may add Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra to the upgrade list later. So we have to wait a few days to know the official details about Marshmallow for these devices. But custom roms based on Android Marshmallow will be available for Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra in October. Sony recently released the binary files of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra for tech enthusiasts and developers.
Android Marshmallow Exclusive Features
At the Google I/O 2015, VP of Engineering David Burke explained some of the new features of the Android M Operating System.
1. App Permissions :
This Feature of Android M has been speculating for many days and now the full details revealed. With Android M users can use individual permissions to allow or deny apps. Google has simplified the permissions feature in Android M. In Android M, permission request will appear when the app requires that particular permission and not at the time of installation. For Example, Whatsapp will request one time permission request to use mic, when we tap on record voice message icon. So users can decide to give permission to use it or not while using apps. When users want to change or view the permission setting for any app later, they can do that in the Settings. So android m is giving full control over apps to users through permissions. This is a noble feature of Android M. Google may further develop this feature in future android versions.
2. Web Experience:
Google improved the way of displaying web sites to users in order to provide better web experience while using apps and internet. A new feature named as Chrome Custom Tabs introduced in Android M. When users tough a link in an app, the link will open in customized chrome tab at top of window without opening the chrome app separately. So users can interact in a better way between apps and websites with Custom chrome tabs. Chrome Custom Tabs supports the features automatic sign-in, saved passwords, auto fill, and multi-process security also to deliver integration of the app and web experience.
3. Fingerprint support :
High-end smart phones like Galaxy S6 have Fingerprint sensor in them without requiring any external hardware. But till now fingerprint sensor is only useful to unlock the device. Google now extended the use of Fingerprint sensor in Android M to make purchases through online shopping and playstore. Currently these features are only useful in high-end devices but in future more mobiles come with fingerprint sensor and at that time these features will be more useful. As Xperia Z1 series has no fingerprint sensor this feature is useless for Z Ultra and Z1.
4. Android Pay Mobile Payments :
Google is going introduce Android Pay service in Android M OS. Android Pay allows users to make purchases with credit cards more than 700,000 stores in the US. Android Pay is compatible with any device which has NFC capabilities. The Android Pay already being supported by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover, as well as carriers such as AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Google aimed to make Android Pay better than Apple Pay. So we will see further improvements in Android Pay in near future.
5. Better App link management :
In all Android operating systems before Android M, when users clicks on a link in an app, dialog box opens and asks to open via browser or other supported app. For example, when users click on YouTube link, a prompt will appear to open it through YouTube app or Web browser. In Android M, Google improved the management of app links to provide better user experience while using apps. In Android M, app links open through appropriate apps without again prompting users. In the above example YouTube link will open through YouTube app directly in Android M when users click on YouTube link. So, users can feel more comfortable and friendly with better app link management in Android M.
6. More Stand by Time and Fast Charging :
In Android M, the tech giant introduced a new battery saving function named as Doze. With motion sensors, Doze recognizes automatically position of device and usage of device. So Doze recognizes whether the user asleep or kept in a table and saves battery according to the needs. In Doze mode also, alarms will work and priority notifications will appear. According to Burke, they have tested two Nexus 9 devices, one running on Android M preview and one running on Lollipop. The device running on Android M preview gives two times more standby time than the device running on Lollipop. Android M also supports new USB Type-C ports which allow greater amperage and fast charge the device. Users can also charge other device with these USB Type-C ports. Android M manage better these ports. As neither Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact nor Z Ultra have these ports, the USB-Type C support feature of Android Marshmallow won’t be useful for Xperia Z1 series users.
7. Automatic Backup and Restore :
All previous android versions have no support for automatic backup and restore of apps and app data. Now Google implemented this useful feature in the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. Marshmallow will automatically backup the apps and app data to Google drive. There is a limit of 25MB per app and the backups won’t count against Drive space limits and are encrypted also. Users can restore these backups when factory reset the device or to a new device. More details about automatic app backup and restore will be revealed in coming days.
8. System UI Tuner :
Marshmallow has another exclusive feature to better manage quick settings toggles and status bar icons. With this new System UI Tuner feature users can show battery percentage embedded in the battery icon in the status bar. Users can also remove and add tiles in Quick Settings menu. It also facilitates to manage Status bar notifications better. More details about System UI Tuner feature will be revealed in coming days.
Update on 14/9/2015 :
Google has setup a launch event at San Francisco on September 29th to unveil the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow operatung system. The search giant will unveil LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus devices with inbuilt Android M OS on the same day. Some Old nexus devices like Motorola Nexus 6 will get the update earlier than Sony devices. Exact rollout dates of Android Marshmallow for Xperia Z1 series and Z1 Ultra will be revealed in coming days. According to a latest report, it had been confirmed that Android 6 is coming without the dark theme option which was present in Developer preview One. Google may implement it in further updates to Marshmallow.
Update on 17/9/2015 :
Google updated the Google App with Now on Tap and Marshmallow UI. The app is currently available in playstore for download and requires Android 4.4+ to work perfectly. But new features of the app works only with Android Marshmallow developer preview 3 and not with earlier versions. The Now on Tap functionality improves user experience. Users can search useful information without leaving the current app with Now on Tap function. New Google app will come inbuilt with Marshmallow update and then more details about the app will be revealed. You can see the new Marshmallow launcher below.
Google invited press for the event on September 29th to unveil the Marshmallow operating system and two new Nexus devices. It has already been confirmed that the version number of Android Marshmallow is 6.0. The event will begin at 9 A.M. Pacific time in San Francisco. Some analysts are saying that Google may unveil an update to chromecast also. So more interesting details about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow opersting system will be revealed n September 29th.
Update on 4/10/2015 :
Google has released Marshmallow operating system on September 29th. The Nexus 5X made by LG and Nexus 5P made by Huawei was also unveiled in the event. These two new Nexus devices run on the Marshmallow operating system. Google is going to push out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow to AOSP on Monday, October 5th. So Sony will start building the Marshmallow update for Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra devices in the next week. The binary files of Marshmallow for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 Tablet and Xperia Z Ultra devices may be available on Sony’s Website at the end of the next week. Custom rom builders can build Android 6.0 Marshmallow roms for Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra after Sony has released the binary images.
Update on 8/10/2015 :
Google pushed out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS to AOSP on October 5th. Sony officially announced which Xperia devices will get Marshmallow update and Xperia Z1 series and Z Ultra devices are not present in the list. So Sony may add them to Marshmallow upgrade list later. If not, there will be no Marshmallow Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 Tablet and Z Ultra devices any more. Sony also invited 10,000 users of the Xperia Z3 series in some countries of Europe to test builds of Marshmallow. We will come back soon if Sony announced Marshmallow update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra.
Update on 13/10/2015 :
Sony released binary images of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for some high-end Xperia devices. Currently Marshmallow binary files are available for Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, ZL, Xperia Tablet Z devices. So custom rom developers can download from this Sony’s AOSP page and build rom for the above devices.