Sony has promised to deliver the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to a range of its devices, but that still needs to be completed as several devices await seeding. According to reports, Sony is coming through with its promise as it now released the beta version of the Android 6.0.1 update to devices like Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z2.
Previously, Sony Mobile offered the “Xperia Beta” in the previous month. This gave a number of people the chance to use and assess a pre-release of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. During that time, Sony took registrations for the program. The scheme was only limited to devices like Xperia Z3, Z2 and Z3 Compact for users in Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
The good news is that the first firmware release began for those who were part of the Xperia Beta program. The handsets are now updated to the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow through the build number 126.96.36.199.486. According to Xperia Blog, it is important for users to understand that the Marshmallow Beta at the moment is a different iteration of the Marshmallow Concept software.
According to GSM Arena, the build version 23.5.A.0.486 is higher when compared to the 6.0 ROM that is now seeding to Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact. More importantly, the current build seeding to the Xperia Z3 variants offer the security patches until December 2015 as opposed to the February 2016 security patches. The report also clarifies that such is that case since the builds are still in the very early stages. They are also intended for beta test for upcoming OTAs on older Xperia units. The build is currently a release candidate so there should be a full release compared to October’s conceptual builds. As with other Android updates, it is best to wait for the final schedule of release from carriers and regional units.