Android 6.0 Marshmallow still has yet to hit plenty of devices, and most of Sony’s phones are included in that category save for Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet, and Z3+ models in some regions which they started rolling out just this morning. That leaves any Xperia Z3 series devices and any other series models from Sony out of the loop, for now at least, with no explanation from the company on when the actual software update will arrive. Sony has pushed a beta test of Marshmallow to quite a few Xperia device users internationally and outside of the U.S., so there is at least some picture of what Marshmallow will look like on those older devices. As of today, Sony has also posted up a new video to their YouTube channel which showcases some of the elements of their finalized Android 6.0 Marshmallow build of software, so users of any Xperia device which are slated to receive the update know what to expect.
When Android 6.0 begins to reach more Sony phones, all of the standard Marshmallow features will appear, like Doze Mode, more granular permissions control, Direct Share, and of course, Google Now on Tap. There are quite a few Sony-specific touches coming to the software as well though, some of which are highlighted in the video below.
Sony has always been big on cameras in their smartphones, so it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see them tweaking and adjusting the camera software experience. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow you’ll be able to adjust different aspects of your shots in real-time like brightness and color, which will allow you to drag up and down temporarily visible slider bars to change these elements. You’ll also be able to adjust other aspects in real-time like resolution, self-timer, and more. Sony will also be making it easier to jump between the different available shooting modes with a quick swipe up or down from the bottom or top of the screen. In addition to these more functional features, Sony is also making things more fun by adding the capability to get access to even more sticker packs for messages, so if you enjoy sending stickers to display your moods and liven up conversations, this is something you may want to look out for once Marshmallow comes to your Xperia model. If you own an Xperia device which is supposed to get Android 6.0 at some point, check out the video below to see everything in actions which Sony is highlighting.