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Sony Giving 10,000 Customers Android 6.0 Marshmallow Early

News by Pablo Jimenez on Wednesday October 07, 2015.

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Xperia Z3
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on the verge of being released on Google's own Nexus and Android One smartphones, with third party OEM's following afterwards. Yesterday Sony announced which of its devices will be getting Marshmallow, likely in 2016, and now owners of two of those handsets have the chance to test the software before its main release.

As is usually the case with third party manufacturers, Sony takes the stock build of Android 6.0 and works with it by putting its own features and skins over the top, effectively putting its own spin on Google platform. That takes time and testing to make sure Sony's efforts have worked, and the company wants some of its customers to be test subjects this time around.

The Japanese giant says owners of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact (2014-2015 flagships) can apply to get Android 6.0 Marshmallow early, to test the company's changes and interface. Sony says 10,000 users of those devices will be chosen in total and anyone interested will need to download the Sony's Concept for Android app.

Participation is restricted to these nations: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Ireland, or Germany.

To see which of Sony's other smartphones are getting Android 6.0, check out the full list HERE.

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