Following the flagship Xperia Z5, Sony has now started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the mini sibling Xperia Z5 Compact.

At this point, the roll out is happening in parts of Europe. Some Xperia Z5 Compact users in Finland and the U.K. have received the firmware update, according to GSM Arena, citing XDA Developers forum update. Therefore, it is only a matter of weeks before it reaches the rest of the world.

The android 6.0 Marshmallow update is apparently 1.1 GB in size. Upon downloading and installing the update, the device should show the following software version: 32.1.A.1.163.

This software update comes with new app permissions, Doze mode to improve the stand-by battery life and Direct Share. To top it off, the Japanese tech giant has reportedly improved the camera interface and Xperia Messaging app. Apart from new features and enhancements, there are some bug fixes in the package as well.

Sony announced the firmware update for Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet recently. These updates will be rolled out in phases and hence, the OTA update could take some time before reaching all the handsets. As of last week, the package is being rolled out in the U.S., Thailand, Russia, Algeria, MENA Arabic, Saudi Arabia, India and Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Sony recently released an official video explaining the goodness of Marshmallow firmware and the key aspects of this software update: (Credit: YouTube/Sony)


Moving on to other Xperia handsets, the mid-range Xperia C4, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia M5 will apparently be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS directly by cutting out the Android 5.1.1.

Even though there is no official roll out date available, Sony has confirmed that the following devices will be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow this year: Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3+, Xperia M5, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia C4, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium.

However, readers should note that Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and the original Xperia Z lineup will not receive this update.