Sony Xperia Z1 and Z2 will get Marshmallow soon
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the next big update for Sony Xperia Z1 series and Z2. Google recently released Android Marshmallow operating system on September 29th and also uploaded to AOSP on October 5th. Earlier the search giant released 3 previews of Marshmallow and Sony also released binary images of Android Marshmallow beta for Xperia Z1 series and Z2 devices. Some tech enthusiasts also made custom roms with Android Marshmallow binary and installed them. Recently Sony also released Android 6.0 Marshmallow final build binary files for Xperia Z1 series and Xperia Z2 series. So custom roms based on Marshmallow will be available by the end of October.
Xperia Z2 is present in the Sony’s official Marshmallow upgrade list but Xperia Z1 is not present. Some tech analysts are saying that Sony may add Xperia Z1 series to the list later. Sony will start the building Android 6.0 updates for Xperia Z2 device in October. Previously Sony took a long time to rollout Android Lollipop update. This time Sony may start the rollout quickly as there is no major UI changes in Marshmallow compared to Lollipop. So the Japanese tech giant may start the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Xperia Z2 series in December. Sony will start the rollout of update with Baltic and Nordic countries and then spread over the world in a few days
Android Marshmallow Update features
New App permissions is the major change coming with this update for Xperia Z2 series. With new app permissions, users can more easily install apps than previous android versions. Doze mode of Marshmallow is also a remarkable feature of this update. Doze mode increases battery standby time more effeciently than other battery savers. Marshmallow update is coming with fingerprint sensor support. But this feature is useless for Xperia Z2 users as these smart phones don’t have fingerprint sensor. Automatic backup and restore of apps and app settings is also a useful feature of Android Marshmallow. Android 6.0 has System UI tuner 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. User interface of Xperia Z2 also will be changed slightly with Marshmallow update. New UI looks clean, beautiful and also more user-friendly. Android 6.0 Marshmallow brought new app menu design which deviates from previous Android versions. Up to Android Lollipop all Android versions feature horizontally scrollable app menu. But in Marshmallow Google introduced vertical app menu. The App Menu appears much smooth and fast than previous app menus. Search bar also comes with new app menu. So users can type in the search bar at the top of app menu to find required app. Users can easily find the required with search function in the new app menu. The Marshmallow app menu also provides the list of recent of on the top of the menu. So users can easily launch recently used apps. Google may improve this new app menu in the next update to Marshmallow.
Previously with Android Lollipop, Google brought an amazing feature to disable inbuilt apps. Now a new intelligent app standby feature comes with Android Marshmallow. App standby feature identifies ideal apps which haven’t been used for a long time and automatically disables them. So apps in standby mode don’t use network data for automatic syncs. They also don’t drink battery juice and don’t show any notifications. But if user plugged in the charger for charging then they will run in background and complete data syncs. Marshmallow users can view which apps under standby mode by going to Settings>Developer Options> Inactive Apps. Users can also customize the app standby feature in this screen. Users can disable app standby mode for any apps and can enable it.
Latest flagship phones from tech giants don’t feature microSD slot. It seems that tech giants like Samsung are following the Apple iphone and Google Nexus way. So only some mid-range devices, some old flagships and Sony flagships have microSD slot. Android Marshmallow has a new feature for phones which have microSD slot. Marshmallow can format external memory card and combine to internal storage so that users can use it to install apps and app data. Previous Android versions support this with only on rooting but Marshmallow can combine internal storage and external storage natively with out rooting. This combined storage is termed as Flex storage. But slower memory cards may trigger a low speed warning. Only UHS memory cards may compatible fully with internal storage.
Verified Boot is a security feature which was introduced back in Android 4.4 KitKat. It is used to protect the device through dm-verity against persistent rootkits. Google improved it in previous Android 5.0 Lollipop and current Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The latest Nexus 5X and 6P devices which are running on Marshmallow are showing some warning at the time of boot, if user unlocked the boot loader. According to Google, the Yellow warning refers that the devices is using operating system other than the one which came with device originally. Orange Warning comes up when user unlocked the boot loader. Read warning will come when the device using another operating system or it corrupted and when not safe to use. So user can know about the risk before the phone completing the boot process.
Previously Google introduced the Android Run Time Feature for first time in Android 4.4 KitKat as optional in developer options. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android Run Time comes as Default setting instead of Dalvik cache to improve performance and reduce Ram usage. Google claims that they have improved the ART feature much in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. They said that they have optimized the power consumption of device and Ram use through Android Run Time. Overall improved ART of Marshmallow will improve the performance of the device and also decreases battery consumption. Google may improve this remarkable feature much in further updates to Marshmallow like Android 6.1.
Google improved the volume controls in Marshmallow better than Lollipop. So when user click on volume up or down buttons, a volume settings box will appear on screen. This box let users to change media volume, ring volume and alarm volume independently. To set in vibrate user have to tap on the Bell icon in this screen. So Android 6.0 Marshmallow volume controls are much better than Android 5.0 Lollipop. In Marshmallow there is no need to go into Settings menu to change volume controls independently. As said above the customized Volume control screen will appear as soon as user touches Volume up or down buttons. Actually Windows Phone adapted this setting a few generations ago and now Android got this.
Google introduced priority notifications in Lollipop and now introduced a special feature named as Do Not Disturb in Marshmallow. Do not disturb is an improvement to Android 5.0 Lollipop priority Notifications. Through Do Not Disturb, users can set different silent modes according to their need. Users can access Do Not Disturb feature in Quick Settings toggles directly from the Marshmallow home screen. In that three modes will appear : Total Silence, Alarms Only and Priority only. Users can set any mode for a few hours. More customization will be available for Do Not Disturb through the More Settings button at the bottom. Google may improve Do Not Disturb feature in the next updates.
Update on 1/10/2015 :
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 Z2 and Z1 devices in the next week. The binary files of Marshmallow for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 Tablet and Xperia Z2 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 Z2 after Sony 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. Custom rom builders can make Marshmallow roms for Xperia Z1 series. But Xperia Z2 is in the Marshmallow upgrade list of Sony. So Xperia Z2 will get Marshmallow in a few weeks. 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.
We will come back soon as Sony announced the rollout dates of Marshmallow update for Xperia Z1 and Z2 series officially. Full changelog of this update will come in a few days.
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.
Update on 14/11/2015 :
Sony released the test images of Marshmallow for Xperia Z3 series users a few weeks ago. The Japanese tech giant also released binary files of Marshmallow for some Xperia Z series devices. But till now there is no official word from Sony about the rollout dates of Marshmallow. They are still saying that they will come back soon. Now according to some reports, Sony is going to finalize the building of Android 6.0 update for Xperia devices and may start the rollout process soon.
As we said earlier, Xperia Z5 series devices will first get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Then Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z3 devices will receive the update Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet devices may receive the Android 6.0 update later. So Xperia Z2 users can download the update once the update notification appeared. Xperia Z2 users can also check for updates manually by going into Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates. Users are recommended to use strong Wi-Fi are Strong Mobile network to download the update quickly. We will update this article as Sony announced the rollout of Android 6.0 Marshmallow to Xperia Z2 series.
Update on 7/12/2015 :
Google released the factory images of Android 6.0.1 update for some Nexus devices. The Official Nexus factory Images page is showing that Android 6.0.1 is now available for Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices. Some users already started receiving the update through OTA also. As the OTA rollout proceeds in phases, some users may have to wait some time to download the Android 6.0.1 update. This update carries new emoji icons for Nexus devices as revealed some earlier leaks. Android 6.0.1 brings quick Camera launch for Nexus 5, 6, 7 (2013), 9 and Player devices. With this feature users can launch Camera app just by clicking the power button twice. This feature already available in the latest Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. The Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update also includes some bug fixes and minor improvements. Actually Google released Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow for Android One devices in November.
Sony is still running the Test Drive of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for some Xperia Z3 devices in some regions. As the final rollout hasn’t started yet, The Japanese tech giant may add Android 6.0.1 improvements and bug fixes to the final update. But Sony hasn’t confirmed about Android 6.0.1 yet, we have to wait until the Sony confirmed it.
Update on 13/12/2015 :
The clock in the devices which have installed Android 6.0 is running slowly according to some users. On some Nexus devices, the clock is running slowly by about 30 mins. This time difference shows large effect on Alarms and event reminders from Calender. But Google has fixed this bug in the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update. So after updating to Android 6.0.1, the clock in the Nexus devices is running correctly. So Sony may include this fix in the Marshmallow updates before the rollout.