For the first time ever Android Developer Preview available for a non-Nexus device: Xperia Z3 owners can try N now!

For the first time ever Android Developer Preview available for a non-Nexus device: Xperia Z3 owners can try N now!
As you probably know, the next major build of Android, just labeled Android N for now, is already in developer preview stage. What this means is that it's somewhat stable enough, and has a good chunk of its new features implemented, to be made available for developers to download, test, and get their apps ready for when the upgrade become official. With Android being the open system that it is, however, there's nothing stopping any Nexus (6 and above) owner out there from downloading the Android N Developer Preview for themselves, and a lot of fans do just that, as they are craving a taste of the new features.

Now, for the first time ever, an Android Developer Preview has been made available for a non-Nexus smartphone. It seems Sony has worked in partnership with Google and made a build available for the Sony Xperia Z3 (variants D6603 and D6653). And, thanks to the Xperia Companion PC software, installing it is a pretty simple task. Just remember to back up all your data, as the ordeal involves a full system re-flash!

Android N brings about the new Vulkan 3D rendering API (Google's response to Apple's Metal API for better 3D graphics), better usage of Doze to save more battery, Multi-window, bundled notifications, some different UI animations, and other tiny changes. Here's how to install it on your Xperia Z3:

  • Connect your compatible Z3 device to a computer with a USB cable.
  • Xperia Companion will open automatically
  • Make sure you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later. If not, download the latest version from here.
  • Hold down the ALT key on your computer and click on Software repair on the home screen, then follow the guide.
  • You’ll be asked to disconnect and turn off your device, then to reconnect whilst holding down the volume down key to start the software flashing.
  • You can return to factory settings at any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair

Download the latest Xperia Companion

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source: Sony via XDA Developers

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(14h talk time)



1. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Nice move from sony

2. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

So Sony is basically admitting the Z3 is its best creation: the Z3 got the Marshmallow beta before the Z5 too.

3. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

No, but the most sold modell I think.

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That and it's their most developed for model. They will probably add support for the compact and Z5 series shortly.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Likely. The Z3 generation exemplified Sony's flagship ideals the most compared to all its previous ones and even the Z5. The Z3C is also quite iconic for, save for the lack of a metal frame (which is debatably a better choice), is a phone that got better in every single way.

11. monoke

Posts: 1174; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Z3 with its world beater battery and refined design is just a tough act to follow not just for Sony but other companies as well, imo.

4. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

So proud of that I bought the Xperia Z3 since it's announced.

7. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Same! This phone has been awesome for me

5. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Wow.Awesome.sadly I sold my Z3 and bought Z5.Good news non the less

6. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I never heard of the Xperia Companion until now. I have Sony Companion. It is now installed and seems to be similar but the the backup is more comprehensive.

8. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Z3 phones on ebay are soon having a price rise.


Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Hope all oem's will do the same move as Sony did maybe that leads to faster updates

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I wish oem give you a choice Pure or theirs on the same phone model, would be nice.

14. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

HTC A9 no Android N preview.?

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

It will get iOS 10 soon.

15. aznhachi

Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 12, 2016

bravo sony !

16. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Still want a Copper Z3 or Z3+, my third favorite Xperia after the ray and the gold Z5 :)

17. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

time to get back to z3 then

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