Following Sony’s first official statement concerning imminent Android 6.0 updates for more than a dozen old and new Xperia devices, many expected the list to grow, given notable absences included the Z1, Z1 Compact, Z1s, C3 or T3.
Alas, that hasn’t happened just yet, although refreshed support pages on the company’s mobile-centric website confirm some folks stuck on 5.0 Lollipop will not need to wait nearly as long as feared for sweet Marshmallow goodies.
The Xperia Z3+, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua, and M5 phones, as well as the Xperia Z4 Tablet should apparently skip the transitional 5.1 makeover, and jump from 5.0 straight to 6.0. All these gadgets saw daylight with 5.0 Lollipop pre-loaded, and Sony favored older members of the Xperia family for stability-enhancing 5.1 upgrades.
The Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, and Z2 Tablet launched on 4.4 KitKat, were then brought up to 5.0, and subsequently to 5.1, likely signaling longer waiting times for 6.0 Marshmallow promotions.
Overall, Sony’s approach to the whole software support affair remains rather unique, considering fresh flagships aren’t always offered privileged positions on these kinds of schedules. Still, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium might be first to 6.0 before the end of the year, followed by the Z4 Tablet, Z3+, C4, C5 Ultra, M4 Aqua, and M5 in the early stages of 2016. Fingers crossed, everybody!