Sony opens Android Marshmallow beta program for 10,000 Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact users
Finally realizing it needs to take immediate measures to win the interest and loyalty of as many mobile users as possible, Sony just issued a long though hopefully incomplete list of Android 6.0-ready Xperias, also expanding the Concept initiative to include Marshmallow test builds.
If you’re quick to sign up through the Concept for Android app, and own an Xperia Z3 or Z3 Compact in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland or Germany, you can get an early look at the manufacturer’s proprietary Marshmallow customization work, and help shape the lightly skinned OS.
Only 10,000 software previewers will be allowed in, and selection is made on a simple first come, first serve basis, so truly, time is of the essence. Sony reportedly wants to build a new user experience and process from the ground up, hence it welcomes all your feedback going forward, with an eye on improving responsiveness in “developing and rolling out the Sony Android upgrades Xperia users want, more quickly.”
Unlike back in July, when a “stripped back, vanilla Android look and feel” was promised, the Z3 and Z3 Compact makers highlight “prolonged battery life, smooth and fast performance, sleek user interface, Sony apps and experiences and frequent, timely updates” as the project’s current goals. Translation – it’s going to take a while before final, stable 6.0 packages are ready for primetime.