If you are an Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Z3 Compact owner who lives in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands, chances are you heard of and maybe enrolled your device in the Xperia Beta program announced last month, which would allow you to pre-test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update before everyone else gets the update. Well finally Sony has released the update to those enrolled, and the slight bonus is that it is Android 6.0.1 so it’s slightly updated than the original.

Even if Sony has released the actual Marshmallow update (not beta) for its Xperia Z3+ and Z5 series, it is the Android 6.0 version. What beta users with Android 6.0.1 can expect is that it will “refine” the update for all the affected Xperia devices so further improvements can be made. The only issue is that the security patches for the Z3, Z2 devices aren’t the latest and are in fact from December 2015. But otherwise, it is the latest Marshmallow update indeed.


Xperia Z2 and Z3 owners with Android 6.0.1 will be able to enjoy the Camera 2.0.0 user interface that is found in the flagship Z5 models. New features include swiping between camera modes (video, manual, or something else) and adjusting the camera settings like brightness, contrast, etc through sliders in real time. Another feature in the Marshmallow beta is the search option in the app tray while the home screen layout options and the STAMINA mode have been removed.



The Marshmallow Beta program is different from the Marshmallow Concept as the former is a pre-release software out for testing on the Xperia Z2, Z3 devices while the latter is to test out experimental software for the update. And if the experiments click, then it may be included in future builds as well.

VIA: Xperia Blog