There are plenty of reasons you might want to be critical of Sony’s smartphone game, from the slow-to-evolve design language of its handsets, to a hard-to-predict launch schedule, to a failure to make its phones widely available in some popular markets. But the one thing it’s hard to complain about is the degree to which Sony goes out of its way to connect users with in-development software, giving them early access to new Android builds before they’re ready for mass distribution. We’ve seen that with the company’s Concept for Android program, and that spirit continues with the new Xperia Beta Program, going live for users of the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and the old Z2.
Interested users can download the Xperia Beta Program app from the Play Store and register to get access to a pre-release Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. Sony intends to gather feedback from users to help squash bugs and further tweak the updates before they’re ready for prime time.
If this sounds like a project you’d be eager to participate in, go ahead and download that app through the source link below ASAP – Sony’s clear that it’s only got so many spots for the program, and they’re bound to fill up quickly.
Unfortunately, we heard that sign-ups are only open in select markets at the moment, and unless you live in Italy, Spain, or the Netherlands, you might be out of luck.
On the plus side, this seems to confirm that Sony’s very much working on Marshmallow for the Xperia Z2, putting us at ease after not seeing the phone pop up on a list of handsets slated for Android 6.0 updates.