It's official: Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact now receiving Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

Update: Sony officially announced that the Lollipop update for both the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z3 Compact is indeed rolling out as we speak.

While Samsung, HTC, and LG were updating a fair amount of their top-end smartphones with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Sony took its time and did not release a firmware refreshment for its top-end devices. Well, it might be late for the Lollipop party, but this doesn't mean that it's not attending at all.

In particular, the rollout of Lollipop for the Sony Xperia Z3 (D6603) flagship has just begun in certain regions. As XperiaBlog puts it, users in Northern Europe should expect the update is about to arrive anytime now, hinting us that the update for other regions is imminent.

The build in question (23.1.A.0.690) is updating the firmware to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the kernel to version 3.4.0. The new, more materialistic interface of Sony's Xperia UI is on board, as well as most of the bells and whistles that the sweet new take on Android brought to the table a few months ago. 

Check out how the new UI fares against Sony's KitKat one right below.

source: Sony via XperiaBlog

Related phones

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. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

3. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Hopefully this update comes without "memory leak bug" .

5. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

If im correct the 5.0.2 was the update to fix the memory leak

10. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

not yet.not even 5.1 has fixed nexus 5 memory leak

17. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Oh that's to bad. I'll probably wait with the update for my wifes phone until i know for sure its stable enough. Unless she wants it the moment she gets the opportunity

2. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Well the z3 users waited longer but will get the more stable version.

4. f35hunter

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Xperia UI is getting worse and worse (RIP premium UI) !!!

8. kabiluddin

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I like the new UI. IMO, Its the refreshing new looks that Xperia device needs. But I can understand if you prefer the old one over the new.

19. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the only things i hate about the new UI is the inconsistent icons (battery icon vs. wifi, ....) on the notification bar and the "close all" button in the recent app screen has disappeared

6. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

You would think with as little theming Sony does with Android, the updates would roll out faster like moto

13. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

but at least, it's 5.0.2 and not 5.0

16. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Unlike Motorola, they put in many unique features and apps that even Google takes inspiration on. There's more to an update than just vanity.

7. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

45. Heisenberg posted on 1 hour ago Off-topic: Who knows of a good spy app that monitors everything on an android phone? From web to call history,bbm,whatsapp etc. Thanks

9. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

11. soonkhang

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Anyone know when south east asia will get it?

12. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Just flash the ftf.don't wait for update

14. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I am updating my Z3C as we speak here in Sweden.

15. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Last as usual. Its great way to keep your existing customers. By providing them the slowest updates.

18. jhattara

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

I get a message that a computer is required for the update...

20. 2oozoo

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

people started talking about s**t ,, nobody even mentioned if they fixed the low notifications sound or the low speaker volume during calls ( using just one speaker ) i wish they have fixed those , if they haven't , sony is s**tting us , of course apps to sd is very useful and any other material update , but it's a phone after all , so using just one speaker for notifications, ringtone, during calls with low volume is the most annoying , so fixing that would have been the biggest update

21. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Is the camera pink spot issue fixed? That's the only one I care about and the only thing holding me back from the z3c

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.