Sony brings Android Marshmallow updates to the Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact

Sony has begun to roll out the latest version of Google’s mobile OS, bringing Xperia Marshmallow updates to the Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Sony has an enduring reputation of bringing newer versions of Android to older smartphones, which is both a good and a bad thing. In surprising news, Sony has elected to roll out Xperia Marshmallow updates to the Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact.
The Z2, now one of Sony’s older devices, will be the eldest smartphone in Sony’s lineup to receive the upgrade to the latest version of Android. The Japanese company brought Android Lollipop to the Xperia Z1 last year, which, while introducing new features to the device, rendered our own model nigh-on unusable.
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The Marshmallow update will bring a UI makeover to all three phones, which forms part of Sony’s plan to introduce a new visual update to its traditionally conservative Android skin.
However, there’s little indication as to whether we’ll be able to enjoy the updates in South Africa, as Sony has clarified the update is both configuration and region specific.
Oddly, the Z3 Tablet Compact, which launched alongside the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, will remain behind on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The most likely reason for this is that Sony has elected to prioritize updates for devices which have seen greater commercial success.
There’s been little indication from Sony as to where else we could expect a Marshmallow update to arrive, if at all. One of the company’s most recently released devices – the Xperia M5 – remains on Android 5.0 Lollipop itself and is arguably the most likely candidate.
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