As it turns out, Sony’s Xperia M4 Aqua will be updated from Android 5.0 to Android 6.0 this year. Other eligible Xperia devices are expected to start receiving the firmware in the coming weeks.
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
In June 2015, Sony officially announced the devices that are eligible to receive the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. However, the well-received Sony Xperia M4 Aqua was apparently missing from the list, GSM Arena reported. By October last year, Sony hinted at the possibility of the Marshmallow update for the M4 Aqua.
Now, an official confirmation in the form of a tweet says the Japanese tech giant will skip the Android 5.1.1 update, instead, the Xperia M4 Aqua will directly be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. However, the official Tweet did not talk about any specific time frame of the firmware rollout.
Other Sony Xperia Handsets
According to Mobi Picker, Sony has sent out the Marshmallow Concept software to beta testers in order to test the Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware update on the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The tech giant is willing to cut down on its own customizations so as to give the stock Android UI preferred by a vast majority across the globe.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow Concept apparently works “fluidly.” In addition, it saves battery life of the device, thanks to the new Doze feature of Android 6.0. The Vanilla Android look and feel can be seen in the contacts app, on-screen keys, phone dialer, notification share and lock screen.
Furthermore, the new launcher specific to the Marshmallow Concept for Xperia smartphones apparently supports theme pack, transition effects and grid-style menu, to name a few. It also includes Sony-specific Album, Camera app with AR effects and Music app.
Speaking of eligible handsets, the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update will reportedly be rolled out to the following devices: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5, Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3+, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, Xperia 2 Tablet, Xperia M5, Xperia M4, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia C4.
As Sony has not confirmed the rollout date yet, it’s safe to assume that “within two weeks” the eligible handsets should start receiving the Marshmallow update, Mobi Picker reported.
Here is the official tweet confirming the report:
@KarCerKK Regarding your question the Xperia M4 Aqua will skip Android 5.1 and will receive Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).
— Sony Xperia (@sonyxperia) February 2, 2016