Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 series get Android 5.1 Lollipop update

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3 series get Android 5.1 Lollipop update
With the overheating saga that has hindered the launch of the Xperia Z3+ and Z4, Sony has had ample distraction from its regular schedule. But if you're rocking an older Xperia smartphone or tablet and are looking to get your hands on Android 5.1 Lollipop, your time might just have arrived. As of now, Sony is pushing the software out to those in ownership of the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. Additionally, several other devices will be getting the Lollipop treatment in the near future. 

Everything takes time, as long-term Android users will know only too well, but with Sony having gotten its house in order, many should begin to see the notification of the OTA. If you own one of the aforementioned devices and don't see anything, you can check by going to Menu -> Settings -> About device -> Software update -> Update.

There is, of course, the small matter of carrier intervention -- a process that can throw up delays at a drop of a hat. Thus, whether you see the over-the-air update will depend largely on which network operator you do business with, as well as your region. 

As for the software itself, you get customization improvements, tweaks to the camera, better enterprise support, and all-new LinkedIn featurette. Additionally, there's SmartWear integration, which will let you use the now-much-cheaper Sony Smartwatch 3 as a remote shutter button for your device's camera. 

Sony has also announced that the more antiquated Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra will all be in receipt of Android Lollipop in the "coming weeks." After that, the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia C3, and original Xperia Z series will follow, before the Xperia M2 and Xperia M2 Aqua hop aboard thereafter. 

source: Sony

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11 Comments

1. RizwanYaqoob

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

When Sony will add some handy camera features like Samsung just did with their 5.1 update for Galaxy S6? :(

2. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Still supporting the original Z series? Kudos Sony!

3. josephnero

Posts: 776; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony FTW

4. TheLoyalist

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Z3 Compact updated

5. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

How is the update? I am still on 4.4.4 because I did not want the Lollipop just yet, but is the 5.1.1 worth it?

6. TheLoyalist

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Can't give you that much feedback yet. Need to use it a while first.

9. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

ok, please bookmark this and post again later on... thnks!

7. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well this is great news but I just find it a little disheartening that Sony didn't inform us prior about what would be included. I really appreciate when OEMs do that. But as long as most of the elements from the Camera2 API included I will be very pleased.

8. aboona777

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

just updated my Z3 compact to 5.1.1. haven't had time to test out everything, but so far so good. some minor cosmetic changes, and others in the drop down menu and volume control.

10. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Camera2 API is there or not?

11. ibrahimsygl15

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

When will the T3 ? emergency response if you write a date ?

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