Sony continues to work on a number of Android update rollouts to its devices. Recently, it just made the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to more Xperia units and now it appears that the Z3 lineup will be in line for the Android N update.
Earlier this month, Android N Developer Preview HTML code hinted that it will be available to non-Nexus units. As Sony works with Google, it appears that the company will be the first OEM to be able to bring the developer preview of Android N to its devices specifically the Xperia Z3 initially.
According to 9to5Google, unit owners of Z3 D6603 and D6653 units will get the first chance to flash the preview. As the report noted, Sony tailors the software in such “to test [their] apps with new system behaviors for saving power and memory. Extend [their] apps with new features such as multi-window UI, direct reply notifications and more.” However, users should take note that like what Google claims, the developer preview should not be confused with the primary software. It is still best if people will upgrade to the actual software.
Furthermore, Sony’s preview required being flashed with the Xperia companion as it is not delivered as an OTA like the Android Beta Program. The companion program is available through an app for both Windows and Mac.
According to XDA Developers, people should follow these set of instructions when using the PC companion software:
- Press and hold ALT key on the computer and select the Software repair on the home screen. A guide should pop up. Follow the guide.
- The program will ask the user to disconnect and turn off the device. The user will need to connect by pressing the volume key down to prompt the software flashing.
- Users can return to factory settings at any time. They can simply connect back to Xperia Companion and follow the Software repair
Users can check back with Sony for the release of the official software.