It's been five months since Google released its latest version of Android, but until very recently, Sony's Marshmallow efforts had remained almost entirely in beta. Last week, the company began rolling out Android 6.0 to its Xperia Z5 flagships in its home market of Japan, and now, it's expanding availability to more countries and devices.
As GizmoBolt reports, Sony's new Marshmallow-based 32.1.A.1.163 firmware is now available for the Xperia Z5 (model E6653) and Xperia Z5 Dual (E6633 and E6683) in far more markets, including Algeria, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United States.
Along with the various improvements that the standard Android 6.0 Marshmallow release brings, Sony's additions include:
- Enhanced privacy settings: mange and control your application data permissions.
- All new camera interface: switch between modes and customise settings with simple gestures.
- Smart battery life: do more for longer, with Doze and App Standby.
- Xperia Messaging: express yourself and get creative with easy in-app access to Stickers.
- Direct Share: share activity with friends, recent contacts and app lists.
Sony has also confirmed that Marshmallow is now making its way to the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia Z3+ too, noting that "rollouts are phased, check locally & watch for the notification".
The company recently indicated that Android 6.0 would be available for the Z5 Series, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ in the United Kingdom this week, and given that it's now expanding the rollout further, we should see many more Xperia devices getting a taste of that sweet Marshmallow goodness around the world in the weeks ahead.