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Android M, 6.0 Marshmallow Update Release Date: Xperia Z5, Compact & Premium Coming Soon, Xperia M Upgrade Available Through CM13

First Posted: Feb 09, 2016 06:07 PM EST
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The Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium are soon getting an Android 6.0 Marshmallow rollout in some parts of the world, while Android M is now available for the Xperia M through a CyanogenMod Nightly 13 update. Here are the details.

Sony has started rolling out the Android M, also known as Android 6.0 Marshmallow, update to its high-end Xperia Z5 smartphones in Turkey, as Gizbot recently reported. The two popular variants of the Sony Xperia Z5, the Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium, are expected to get an over-the-air (OTA) rollout in the region as well.

This bodes well for Sony Xperia Z5 owners elsewhere in the globe, as when an Android update begins seeding in a semi-small market, it usually portends a wider OTA rollout in other major markets soon after.

Meanwhile, the mid-range Sony Xperia M can be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow immediately, if you know how to flash custom ROMs. According to IBTimes, there is now a version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow available through CyanogenMod CM13 for the Sony Xperia M.

Though the update is available for download now, you'll need an unlocked Xperia M smartphone, a PC with the correct USB drivers installed, and the know-how to install the firmware without bricking your device. Check out IBTimes for more details.

There's one final piece of recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow update news related to the Sony Xperia line of devices: Sony has announced that the Xperia M4 Aqua will be upgraded to Andorid M directly, skipping the middle step to Android 5.1 Lollipop. Sony did not divulge details on when the Android M OTA rollout for the Xperia M4 Aqua may begin, however, so keep checking with Latin Post Tech for more updates.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn't come with the huge "Material Design" facelift that Android 5.0 Lollipop packed, but does bring a lot of under-the-hood improvements, such as Google Now on Tap, the battery saving "Doze Mode," more control over individual app permissions, and performance improvements. 

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