Sony Mobile has rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its Xperia Z5 series, Z3+ and Z4 tablets starting this month.
Sony published a video showing the key changes that will be brought to the phone with the operating system update. The video highlights some of the key features that are native to Marshmallow as well as those that are exclusive to Sony phones.
The video shows an Xperia Z5 that upon upgrading gains ability to grant permissions to individual apps, easier text editing and enhanced sharing capabilities.
It also focuses on the new camera UI, which gains ability to adjust shots in real time and swiping to switch shooting modes. The new update will now allow users to control brightness of the scene in real time in the camera app and also switch between camera modes such as Night, HDR , 4K video, Panorama, etc. with a simple swipe gesture. The new Camera 2.0.0 app was actually introduced last November and it?s not part of the Marshmallow.
The video also shows the easy in-app access to stickers within the Xperia Messaging app. To know more, you can check out the video below.
The new update is Android 6.0 only (not version 6.0.1), although it does include the latest February 2016 security patches from Google, according to the Xperia blog.
Besides, the features showcased in the video, Android M, has Doze power saving feature that allows greater battery life with the app turned on in default settings of the smartphone. It is said to save at least 30 percent power depending on the device’s internal hardware.
Other features included in the Android 6.0 are a new home screen, WiFi calling, Google Now on Tap, and new voice search assist.
Sony, however, has not included the STAMINA mode within this update, although it is expected to bring it back in a later firmware update. Also, Sony, following the likes of Samsung and HTC, has not included adoptable storage within the update. This means you cannot use a microSD memory card to expand the phone?s internal storage.
As of now, Sony has released Android Marshmallow to Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, Z5 Compact, Z4 Tablet and Z3 +. The latest firmware is currently available only through the Sony PC Companion app and an over-the-air (OTA) update, although not all users claim to have received the new version automatically. The update has also been spotted in Thailand, Russia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, United States (carrier specific), India and Malaysia besides some other confirmed areas.
Other devices that are confirmed to get the firmware include Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4.