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Sony Xperia Z3 Android update: latest news

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update is officially rolling out from Sony now, following a beta test and a string of promises dating back to October. Read on for all the details on the Sony Xperia Z3 Android update.

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The Android 5.1.1 update for the Xperia Z3 brings new icons and themes. / © ANDROIDPIT

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Sony Xperia Z3 Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

The Xperia Z3 is now in the process of being updated to Android Marshmallow. Sony is issuing the update to devices with the model number D6603. The roll out looks to be occurring in stages, as is normal, with some areas of the globe seeing it before others, but rest assured that Marshmallow is spreading, and will be with you soon. 

To check if your device is ready to receive the update, head to Settings > About device > Software update.

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The Android 5.1.1 update for the Xperia Z3 is now fully rolled out. / © ANDROIDPIT

The blog post suggests that early feedback points to the ROM being "fast" and offering "very good battery life", probably thanks to Marshmallow's new Doze feature. If you're interested in getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your Xperia Z3, head over to the link above and follow the instructions.

Given that beta testing began in October, an official rollout cannot be far off. Stay tuned for updates, because Marshmallow could arrive to the Z3 before the year is out.

Sony Xperia Z3 Android 5.1.1 update

Sony previously announced the Xperia Z3 Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update on its blog. The video below outlines what's new in 5.1.1. The update includes a new volume slider menu, LinkedIn integration, improved enterprise support, SmartWear integration and camera improvements, plus some new themes and icons.

To check whether the Android 5.1.1 update is available for your Xperia Z3, go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update.

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The latest Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 included SmartWear integration and camera improvements. / © ANDROIDPIT

The official Sony changelog for the Android 5.1 update is as follows: 

  • Increased customisation options – have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie-snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button
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Make sure your Xperia Z3 is always up to date. / © ANDROIDPIT

Are you excited to get the Marshmallow update for your Xperia Z3? Let us know in the comments.

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  • 2
    Sherlin Oct 24, 2016 Link to comment

    i have sony Z3 SOL26 .my mobile coming some force close error . how can i repair it.i want update 6.0.1 otherwise Id stay worth kitkat. 4.4.4 if i were you after getting lollipop ,i had so many problems before on my old z3 i make any calls automatically strucked...........NOW WHAT CAN I DO???????

  • Lyubomir Vassilev 1
    Lyubomir Vassilev Aug 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Just updated Z3 and can not operate the phone at all ! The touch screen does not respond, so even can not log in! Sony & Android WHAT THE .... ARE YOU DOING ????

  • Gavin Blake 1
    Gavin Blake Jun 3, 2016 Link to comment

    I updated my Xperia Z3 today to android M 6.0.1. Since the update there are only a few updates present. The new apps menu layout (up/down) isn't there, the new chrome tab isn't there. Also, when I start up my phone, email, exchange services and Bluetooth share pop up as errors. It's only after the phone has been on for a few minutes that these pop ups stop. I've tried checking software update to see if it missed any components whilst updating, but I'm getting nowhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  • Darren Thorne 1
    Darren Thorne May 9, 2016 Link to comment

    Just had an automatic update on my Z3 and now I have no ring sound even when adjusting volume?

  • 1
    Stephen Evans May 3, 2016 Link to comment

    Tmobile isn't going to update their variant D6616. I'm stuck with 5.0.2 forever. I'll never buy another phone from Tmobile.

    • 1
      Pawel Lewski Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

      I have 4.4.4. and am not able to do anything to update it to the higher android.

  • irene monte 1
    irene monte Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    What's wrong with the new software update for xperia z3?
    After I installed the new software, my phone now it doesn't work anymore. is just showing the sony logo and off again, all the time like this.till my phone empty, and u almost cannot touch your phone because it's too hot.pls sony help us to fix this problem, not only me having this problem. .help us pls.ty

  • Thomas Hoe 1
    Thomas Hoe Apr 19, 2016 Link to comment

    After upgrade to Android 6.0, my phone contact messaging and system setting all gone unable to respond!!

  • 1
    benson Apr 14, 2016 Link to comment

    mi sony xperia z3 dosnt read sim card some help?

    • 1
      Pawel Lewski Jan 30, 2017 Link to comment

      If your update was as good as your english, forged it.

      • setsuna kazama 1
        setsuna kazama May 5, 2017 Link to comment

        the irony is strong in this one.

  • 1
    Chris Topher Jan 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Id stay woth kitkat. 4.4.4 if i were you after getting lollipop ,i had so many problems before on my old z3 tha i had to get a new one free of course though, as soon as i switched it on, ibturned off the data and wifi and switched off the update centre,as i didnt want autodownload on and ive kept my kitkat os,why change a good thing.i await for the marshmallow for reviews, but for now kikkat is best.

    • 2
      David Plant Feb 6, 2016 Link to comment

      Hey Chris, im new to sony - and sony z3, an it came with lollipop 5.1.1, dont no if i should get marshmallow or not? Any input would be great an appreciated! what did you do to get free z3??Also any other tips or advice u can give me? Thanx Dave


  • 1
    Lotta Nilsson Dec 15, 2015 Link to comment

    Here we go again! after last update I had to blow my Xperia Z3 Compact clean because of huge speed problems. This time my phone hung up every time I try to answer a call. It doesn´t make any difference if I use a headset. Anybody knows what to do? Maybe time to stop using Sony...

  • 1
    Raymond Murphy Nov 26, 2015 Link to comment

    The Volume on my Z3 Compact has gone a lot lower since last update. What can I do to fix this.

  • 2
    Steve Jobs Nov 8, 2015 Link to comment

    How is it that Sony is talking about the new Marshmallow update when I can't even get the Lollipop update yet?? I'm still on KitKat 4.4.4!!!!

    setsuna kazamaSherlin

  • Lauren 2
    Lauren Nov 4, 2015 Link to comment

    I got the 5.1.1 update yesterday afternoon, started having lots of problems by the evening with it saying 'com.Facebook.katana has stopped' and 'com.Facebook.orca' not to mention all my games no longer work or the messenger app which also bring up error messages. That's just the ones I've noticed.

    I had to pay to get my z3 fixed after an update in june/July totally SCREWED UP my phone!! I thought the z3 was a good phone but since I've had to factory reset 4 times now in less than a year its disappointing :/

    Please can someone help me fix the problems I am having with the 5.1.1 update please and thankyou very much :)

  • 2
    Sherlin Oct 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Still not updated in Bahrain Android 5.0 lollipop don't updated my phone z3 sol26 any way to update.... Please tell

  • 1
    Smod Sep 25, 2015 Link to comment

    In my opinion the problem starts when a phone is locked by the Carrier, then the Carrier messes with the Update Sony releases before pushing it out!!! I've had ENDLESS problems with updates here in the UK with my previous phone (XPERIA SP) from 02. When I got it unlocked and then reinstalled Sony's original ftf ROM from its repair section on the PC companion, the phone worked like a charm !!!

    I just bought a Z3 Compact and bought it SIM FREE, I couldn't be happier. This phone is fast and lasts long, has no quirks. The odd force close of the Google app but that is Google, not Sony !! Google needs to fix ALOT of stuff. Its also worth noticing, how many things already exist in the Sony UI which are promised by Google only in Android M !

    My suggestion if you're ever having an issue with a quirky OS update on Sony, is to use PC companion repair. If you can (assuming you are locked) get the phone unlocked and then reinstall software from PC Companion.

  • 1
    Rai D. Aug 30, 2015 Link to comment

    Can someone help on how can fix stamina mode issue without FORCE STOPPING and CLEARING DATA on or before charging. Thanks

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