In order to reduce expenses and hope to return to mobile profitability, Sony has a number of strategy revisions in the pipeline, including further contracting its US business (what US business?), as well as streamlining its overall Xperia portfolio, and focusing on “high-value” models like the X and X Performance.
That means the Z family is a goner, whereas C, E or M-branded low to mid-enders may not go extinct just yet, but they’ll surely wind down new releases. On the bright side, Sony remains committed, at least for a little while longer, to supporting select past members of the aforementioned lineups, starting with the M4 Aqua and M5.
Yes, the non-flagship, non-headline-grabbing Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia M5 are moving to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow today in certain parts of the world. The long overdue updates should spread out in the coming weeks, carrying build numbers 26.3.A.0.131 and 30.2.A.0.100 respectively.
Their official changelogs aren’t out at the moment, suggesting you’re looking at slow, gradual rollouts. But it’s happening at last, and we’re all familiar with the highlights. A tweaked user interface, Google Now on Tap, Doze Mode, granular app permissions, security optimizations, and so forth. Huzzah!