Sony Xperia Marshmallow beta release has rolled out for select older Xperia phones this week, but not all models will be included during the test period. Android started to release a beta 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS only for Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z2. Months earlier, the latest Android OS has been installed in premium Sony mobile units, including Z5 smartphones and Z4 tablets; older models are next in the pipeline as Sony plans the OS update across its devices in incremental rollouts. ?
Android is expected to iron out kinks during the beta period; thereafter, successively releasing the new Marshmallow to all Xperia devices. Older models and midrange phones are expected to get the upgrade at the tailend of beta release series. To date, Android hasn?t announced yet the succeeding 6.0 Marshmallow rollouts, but expect the updates to happen in the coming weeks, as often with beta releases.
The new beta shouldn?t be confused with the concept beta rollout last October 2015. Instead, the latest beta is a pre-release with features possibly based on the feedback developers collated from the concept beta testers last year.
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow has some exciting new features including an app drawer with launcher and search. Older Xperia models will also get Camera 2.0.0 UI, a standard in Z5s. On the other hand, STAMINA mode will be disabled and the new OS will not have adoptable storage.
Technically, this week?s beta release features a more recent Marshmallow than the one installed in Z5 and Z4 earlier. However, the new beta uses security patches released in December 2015, not the most recent patches we saw in February for Z5, a small but important variance noted by AndroidHeadlines.
Have you got the new Marshmallow update? What do you think of it?