Sony expands the Android 6 Marshmallow beta program – available in 3 new countries, expanded with Xperia Z2 support

Back in October, Sony opened the doors for 10,000 users to beta-test its new Android 6 Marshmallow-based software. Participants had to own either an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact and had to be from one of 11 European countries – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland, or Germany. A couple of months later, Sony polled the testers about their satisfaction with the trial and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

So, today, the Xperia Beta Program gets expanded to include 3 new countries and to support the Xperia Z2. Registrations are open for users from Italy, Spain, and Netherlands, and in order to participate, one needs to download the Beta Program app, which is linked below this article. If you live in any of the previous 11 countries and have not joined the Beta Program last time, you will not be able to do so now – the door is only open for members of the 3 new countries.

The Xperia Blog claims that the new release is there so that the Sony UI team can iron out “any” bugs before the Android 6 update is launched to the public. So, while we wouldn't want to get anyone's hopes up in vain, it sounds like Marshmallow for eligible Xperia users is getting pretty close to launch. Back when Sony announced that it's working on a Marshmallow update, it also revealed a list of flagships and midrangers from the Xperia smartphone and tablet line, which would be eligible for the new software. See here if you are unsure whether your device is on that list.

Xperia Beta Program (Play Store link)

source: Xperia Blog

Related phones

Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
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. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Good job, Sony. And now, there's only one thing I dislike from Sony: icons. They need to be re-designed.

2. readreadz

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Android N coming and Sony still TESTING M? Shame you, sony.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1460; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The fact that Sony's Ui is apparently close to stock, they shouldn't take this long to update their phones.

4. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Agreed. Desperately waiting for Marshmallow for my Z3 Compact. They're taking too long even though their UI is close to stock Android. I hope they improve their camera post processing software and make the Superior Auto mode better.

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