Sony's beta Android firmware for the Xperia Z3 leaks online, download links available

Sony's beta Android firmware for the Xperia Z3 leaks online, download links available
Over in Sweden, where its R&D department is located, Sony recently started beta-testing a new take on Android on 500 hundred Xperia Z3 users located in the country. Not long since the beta started, a series of screenshots leaked online, revealing a near-stock user interface. If the new Sony implementation made you curious enough, you might be happy to learn that the firmware was leaked by an XDA member and is now available for download.

Installing the new Sony Xperia Z3 firmware requires you to jump through a few hoops, but with the help of Androxyde's Flashtool, you'll be rocking the beta software in a flash. Note that the install process will delete all of your data, so make sure to perform a full backup before proceeding. Head over to the source link below for the installation steps.

According to the XDA member who leaked the firmware, the build is stable, but if you ever want to revert back to the official build, you can always flash one from Sony's official website.

In its current version, the beta firmware doesn't seem to come with too many enhancements compared to the open source version of Android (AOSP), although we're unable to tell what's actually going on under the hood. At the moment, the build lacks traditional Sony software features such as Stamina Mode, Xperia Themes, or Screen Recording. According to one XDA member, the build also lacks other Sony tweaks such as audio and display optimisation. There's a very good chance for Sony to gradually launch new features in upcoming builds. We'll keep our eyes peeled and we'll be here to inform you of any further developments.

If you're the experimental type, make sure to drop us a comment and let us know how the leaked Sony Xperia Z3 beta firmware is treating you!

source: XDA via Xperia-Blog

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16 Comments

1. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It looks WAY too plain. Hopefully they're focusing on a deeper theme engine and broader functionality as time goes.

6. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

They're starting from scratch to gain feedback from beta testers on how to slowly build it from the ground up and polish it in every way possible.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nothing wrong with plain UI, I just wish they would focus on their camera app instead. My Z2 has great sensor but if I don't use manual mode to change the setting, i usually don't get the best looking picture.

14. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Have you seen the M5's camera though? I wish I had the IMX230 right now but unfortunately the Z5 will not be coming out until 2016 when Snapdragon 820 will be available.

15. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have not actually. I have no complain on my Z2's camera as long as I use manual mode or auto mode in a really well lite condition.

16. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Yeah the camera is fine on the Z3, except I want the new IMX240 or even newer sensor because it has many more features, significantly sharper, real OIS, and fast autofocus. Z3 was best when it came out but now Sony needs to release the Z5.

2. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I wish that samsung will do the same

7. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

They won't, that's why you should buy an Xperia phone.

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

not that much of a deference tbh

4. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I like the change towards a stock Android experience. Hope that means Android updates will be pushed faster for Xperia devices.

8. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

Hopefully, for now they're taking feedback from developers to slowly build the OS from the ground up and polish it in every way possible.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

since when did screen recording become a enhancement. It's just more bloat and I'd like it removed. You can record screen with a 3rd party app on any lollipop smartphone.

9. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

As a built in feature, it performs much better with Sony's performance optimizing algorithms. If you go to the power menu an stock, you'll see a screenshot button there. If you see a video button right beside, its not conisdered bloatware. Sony's screen recording makes your device use less processor power and battery than conventional lollipop while making the option look just like stock so its not bloatware.

10. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I like having screen recording built-in specially because I guide friends and family on how to use their devices and sometimes I do it from far away... so screen recording steps is of great help, and it should be a standard just like Screenshots. I am glad Sony included this since KitKat.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1544; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Why don't you just buy an iPhone then, no native features....but there's an app for that.

13. Shamoy

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

No, because iPhones lack the functionality we need so Xperias fulfill that, simple.

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