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11
Feb

Sony launches a new Marshmallow beta program, as stable release nears


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Sony was one of the first Android manufacturers to detail their Marshmallow update plans and the first to launch a beta program for Android 6.0, called Concept for Android.

Now Sony is launching a new beta for the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact. The initiative is called Xperia Beta Program (how creative) and is only available for users of the aforementioned phones in Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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The difference between Concept for Android and Xperia Beta Program is that the latter is a “Quality beta test of official software,” while the former is “Experimental consumer driven software.” In other words, the builds in Xperia Beta Program should be very close to the final versions that will roll out to Sony devices in the close future. While the company did not specify when we should expect the official update rollouts, we think it’s a matter of weeks at most.

To sign up for Xperia Beta Program, head over to the Play Store and install this app. Sony promises that your feedback will reach its mobile development via an “open channel.” Regardless of what that means, you get a chance to make Xperia software a little better.

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Openings are limited, according to the Play Store description, so if you live in one of the three countries we mentioned above, hurry up and sign up for your place.

Sony has confirmed the Marshmallow update for 14 devices released over the last couple of years, including the Xperia Z5, Z4, Z3, and Z2.

As for Concept for Android, which we reviewed here, users who signed up should expect a new update in the following weeks, bringing their devices to Android 6.0.1.

20
Nov

This is Sony’s Concept for Marshmallow, and it’s very promissing


When it comes to Android UI, OEMs take their own approach, and for Sony, its interface hasn’t seemed as polished as some of its rival OEMs. However, the company is using its Concept for Marshmallow program as an opportunity to learn from customer feedback. After a few days with the update, is Sony’s interface about to get the major overhaul it needs?

Sony’s hardware is definitely premium but its software has been somewhat lacklustre, with elements such as Small Apps still present despite a lack of positive user feedback. Sony’s interface has traditionally been quite slow, but one thing you’ll immediately notice about is just how fast and fluid Sony’s Marshmallow update is.

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Prior to Marshmallow, Sony adopted a similar approach to some of its rivals by customising large parts of the Android experience, but this resulted in a sluggish experience. With its Marshmallow update, Sony has adopted the “less is more” approach, and, like Motorola, it is running an almost-stock version of Marshmallow with just a few small Sony changes and tweaks.

The first thing you’ll notice is the Sony launcher, which looks similar to previous versions but has been improved to make it faster. The launcher comes with two options: the classic Android home screen and a ‘modern’ interface with all of your apps on the home screen. Alongside the launcher, Sony has also tweaked the settings app to include more options than present on stock Android and the changes are certainly welcome.

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As you might have expected based on past handsets, Sony has replaced the stock Gallery and Music Player apps with its own Album and Music applications. Both applications are essentially basic in features, but it’s worth remembering that this is concept software and we’re likely to see further enhancements to both apps before release.

Sony’s other additions to the OS include its Xperia Care application, which provides quick access to support topics and warranty information, as well as helping you customise your smartphone. The camera app has also been replaced with one of Sony’s own making, and, a key change is the speed of the app, with photos now capturing and loading much faster. There are also fewer camera apps preinstalled, and the options are minimal, packaged inside a sleek and relatively easy-to-use camera experience.

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Sony has become synonymous with being slow with updates for its smartphones, but if the Concept for Marshmallow is anything to go by, this will hopefully be fixed going forward. In the past week, there have been 7 updates including two inside three hours. While it’s worth remembering updates are likely to be less frequent with the final release, it’s still reassuring to see Sony can roll out updates frequently.

What do you take away from Sony’s Concept for Marshmallow project? It’s really simple – Sony is finally fixing its software and if the final product is as quick as this beta, Sony may yet find its smartphone division regain profitability. The Concept for Marshmallow project is a vision of a new Sony and this is how all Sony smartphones should be – fast, fluid and no silly preloaded apps, just a clean experience with a few small additions to the stock OS.

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What do you think of Sony’s Concept for Marshmallow and are you looking forward to the update for your Sony smartphone? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

28
Oct

Sony rolls out first Marshmallow concept build OTA update


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Lucky entrants into Sony’s Marshmallow concept build program first managed to lay their hands on the beta operating system, which is based on stock Android, last week. Today, Sony has begun rolling out its first OTA update for the group.

Marshmallow-Concept-OTA-updateThe updated build is numbered MRA58K.Z1.2085 and contains a selection of new features. Tap to wake is now supported, as its MIDI via USB and a new updated keyboard. The OS now also supports higher bit-rate FLAC audio content, which will please the audiophiles out there.

Currently, the Marshmallow Android Concept program is only available to a select number of Xperia Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D6603) smartphone owners in the following European countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Sony hasn’t suggested if or when more countries will be able to join the program, but you can always check out Sony’s app from the Google Play Store to try your luck for an entry ticket into the group.

The update should be hitting devices in the program within the next few days.

7
Oct

Check out Sony’s Marshmallow beta for Xperia Z3


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Earlier this year Sony announced a new beta scheme called Concept for Android, which allowed Xperia users to trial software builds for their smartphones as they went through the various concept stages. Having allowed users to trial Lollipop, Sony has now decided to allow users to trial the Android Marshmallow update.

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Like the original initiative, Sony is using the concept to help design and form its Marshmallow update from the ground up based on a few fundamentals: prolonged battery  life, smooth and fast performance, a sleek user interface and Sony’s apps and experiences. Sony says that it hopes to use the beta to be more responsive in developing and deploying updates to the Android OS for its Sony smartphones.

The initiative is open to 10,000 users of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact users in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. If you have one of these devices, head over to the “Concept Sign-up” app (which is only available in these countries) to sign up for the trial but remember, its limited to just 10,000 places so you’ll need to be quick.

Were you part of the original trial and do you plan to sign up for this concept? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

30
Jul

Here’s how to download and install Sony’s new concept Android software


If you own a Sony Xperia Z3 then you can now get your hands on the concept Android software Sony have been developing for the past few months. It comes courtesy of XDA Developers and is a leaked ROM, so before proceeding please appreciate this will probably be extremely buggy.

You don’t need root access or even an unlocked bootloader, just  the firmware itself and the Flashtool utility for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

How to install

1. Head on over to XDA and grab the firmware file.
2. make backup of your data (you will lose all of them)
3. download latest Flashtool – http://www.flashtool.net/downloads.php
4. download also Sony’s Android™ Concept ROM for XPERIA Z3
5. paste the ftf file downloaded in step c) to folder „Firmware“ included in the XPERIA Flashtool
6. open the XPERIA Flashtool, click on flash and choose downloaded firmware, than click ok
7. turn off your phone and when Flashtool shows pop up window, connect phone to PC with holding volume down button
8. after few minutes all is done and your phone gets Sony’s Android™ Concept ROM

Despite this being an early leak, reviews are suggesting that the ROM is incredibly stable given its life span and is fast, with a cross between AOSP and Sony’s close to stock Xperia experience.

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29
Jul

Sony Concept for Android firmware leaked and available for download


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Following the leaked screenshots ealier, the complete firmware for Sony’s Concept for Android has appeared online too. The file is available for Xperia Z3 owners, if you fancy unofficially joining the Swedish beta testers.

As the screenshots showed previously, the Concept OS is virtually a stock Android experience, with only a minimal number of Sony apps included to cater for necessities like music and camera functionality.

While this might please stock Android fans, it does come with its own set of trade offs. Installing the firmware means that you will lose most of the features that Sony added to the Xperia Z3 to make it more unique. These include double tap to wake, low brightness mode and Xperia Themes, as well as display and sound enhancements. Furthermore, the ROM apparently doesn’t add in anything of value above any other stock Lollipop ROM at the moment, so there isn’t a whole lot to be explored right now.


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The software is only available for the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603) model and must be flashed like other pieces of stock firmware, meaning that explorers will have to back up their data first or it will be lost. You can find the download instructions and files in the source link below.

If you do try it out, please let us know your thoughts. Otherwise, the video below should give you a good idea of what the concept is all about.

29
Jul

That was quick: Concept for Android on Sony Xperia Z3 is available for download




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Just earlier today, the first screenshots of the Sony stock Android trial known as “Concept for Android” were released, and already, a ROM of Concept for Android on Sony Xperia Z3 is being made available. Made for the Xperia Z3 with model number D6603, a review of Concept for Android was posted up by XDA Contributor, Jozinek, who also made a FTF file available for interested users to download and try for themselves. Check out his review video below:

As you can no doubt tell, Concept for Android appears to be as faithful to the stock Android experience as is probably noticeable by the average person. We were interested to know exactly how many proprietary Sony apps and functions have been left in there, however as XDA member user91 summarizes:


“By the way, the ROM itself is absolutely nothing to excited about. Take any stock Sony Lollipop ROM, take away all the reasons for buying this phone (no double tap to wake, low brightness, no display enhancements, no sound enhancements) – well the camera works, and that’s it.”

Clearly a glowing recommendation. Then again, for some, the possibility of going to stock Android on any phone is always an improvement, so if you’re still interested in trying this out, you’ll want to follow the instructions on the XDA forum page here. What do you think about Concept for Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: XDA via XperiaBlog

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23
Jul

Sony’s Concept for Android could mean stock Android UI for Xperia devices soon






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Avid Android fans are always clamouring for devices to use more stock Android-oriented user interfaces, and on this occasion, it appears Sony is listening. Sony, like many other manufacturers, theme the UI on their mobile devices to add to their branding, much at the behest of Android’s most loyal. However, with Sony’s Concept for Android program, the manufacturer is looking at a new UI with a “stripped back, vanilla Android look and feel”, presumably one day destined for its Xperia devices – and we have to say, we like what we see. Check it out in greater detail below:

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Xperia device owners: don’t get too excited just yet. Sony has only just started testing the new UI, asking for the help of 500 Xperia Z3 users in Sweden to not only test the UI itself, but also as a way for Sony to gauge how useful this kind of initiative is for future developments. If you are an Xperia Z3 owner in Sweden, there’s still time to sign up to try this out – all you have to do is sign up through this site. We like this direction that Sony is taking and we hope more manufacturers start to take this more proactive approach of engaging with their customers on contentious issues.


What do you think about Sony’s Concept for Android? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Sony Mobile via XperiaBlog

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22
Jul

Sony officially launches Concept for Android OS beta in Sweden


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The other day, we heard a few mumbling about a new “Concept for Android” scheme being prepared by Sony, which is promising a “fresh take on the Sony user experience”. Today, Sony has officially announced the project and has launched a beta scheme for residents of Sweden.

Sony’s Concept for Android is a new work-in-progress operating system designed for its Xperia devices, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The concept OS is a stripped back affair when compared to Sony’s most recent interpretation of Android, not that we’d call Sony’s current software particularly bloated anyway. It has a more stock Android look and feel, as you can see from the screenshots below, and whittles down Sony’s input to only its most popular apps and features.

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As part of the launch, Sony will be giving 500 Xperia Z3 handset owners the opportunity to take part in a closed beta, but you have to live in Sweden to be eligible. The idea behind the small beta is to gain valuable consumer feedback on the OS, patch up bugs and collect opinions. Sony is also trialling the concept to see if its new OS and various tweaks might make sense for different markets, devices and users in the future.

If you fancy getting involved in the beta, you can read up on the T&Cs and register your interest on this website. You will have to hurry though, 500 places is a very limited beta.

Successful applicants will be notified in the coming weeks.

22
Jul

Android 5.1 Lollipop rolls out for the Xperia Z3 and Z2 ranges


Sony-Xperia-Z3V-21Following an array of handset updates to Android 5.0, Sony has begun rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop to a range of is Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 branded smartphones, bringing a selection of software improvements and some new customization options.

The update applies to the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. The change log below gives an idea of what Sony has packed in with this latest update.

  • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button

Sony states that a similar update will be heading to its two Xperia Z1 handsets next, along with the Xperia Z Ultra in the coming weeks. After that, the T2 Ultra and C3 are in line for an update, followed by the original Xperia Z range, the M2 and M2 Aqua sometime later.

As is always the way with updates, timing and availability will vary depending on your region and carrier. Keep an eye out for that update notification in the coming days.

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