Sony to allow 10k users to download and beta-test its Android 6.0 Marshmallow build

Sony to allow 10k users to download and beta-test its Android 6.0 Marshmallow build
The latest build of Google's mobile operating system — Android 6.0 Marshmallow — is just around the corner. It has already started rolling out to miscellaneous Android One handsets and will be hitting the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 very soon. As we know, various manufacturers do take their time to update their relevant smartphone models to the latest Android build – after all, their proprietary UI skins and phone-specific apps take some time rehashing and testing.

However, Sony fans may have a chance to test the Marshmallow build for Xperia early – so long as they own an Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact, that is. As a part of the Sony Concept for Android initiative, the company will let 10,000 enthusiasts try its new interface ahead of launch.

Sound exciting? In order to participate, one must be located in one of these countries: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland, or Germany. If that's the case – download the “Sony's Concept for Android” app, linked below, and register. All that's left then is to wait and hope that you were among the first 10,000 people to do so.

The Z3 and Z3 Compact are just a small portion of Sony handsets that will be getting the Android 6.0 update. Check out this article for the full list.

Foaming at the mouth to try this out? Well – good luck!

Download Sony's Concept for Android

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Xperia Z3
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Display 4.6 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera)
    2.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow



6. dazed1

Posts: 815; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No software will make up for the below average displays, cameras, and huge bezels, sorry Sony.

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Anyone think the Z5 will have an unlock able bootloader...without causing the camera to Jack up.

3. AZNHA unregistered

it will be coming soon at XDA .. just like previous Sony's Concept for Android :P

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't get why limit it to 10k? Everyone should be able to do it, of course only geeks will try it out and they are aware that it could be not stable software. But hey, we have XDA, someone will post some .zip :D

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Perhaps to keep the data in check, and keep the rollout small and easy.

5. ferretsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

This is an early build, if sony push it out to everyone, they will be complaining about bugs and s**t everytime. The 10k people who signed up for this are probably prepared to take on the buggy bulls**t in a beta rom, and they can actually provide constructive feedback, unlike the average user who will just go "omg sony sucks blah blah blah"

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