Owners of six Sony devices are in for a pleasant surprise, as the company is planning to directly upgrade them from Android Lollipop 5.0 to Marshmallow 6.0 sometime in the future. The jump has been confirmed through the brand’s official support website.
As of now, the 6 gadgets which are set to receive the bump to Marshmallow include the Sony Xperia C4, Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M4 Aqua, Xperia M5, Xperia Z3+, and Xperia Z4 Tablet. Consumers of the 2015-released devices have been for a while now to get an upgrade to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, as was promised by the company.
The manufacturer has not explained why the above products have not gotten the update yet. One theory held that the brand was just waiting for its Z5 series to be unveiled before announcing software changes for older models. The handset’s debut came and went last month with still no word about the upgrade. As pointed out by the unofficial Xperia Blog, the only Sony handsets running version 5.1.1 are the Xperia Z5, Z5 Dual and Z5 Compact.
The smartphones will also be getting the upgrade to Marshmallow. Given the OS is already out, it’s possible Sony decided it would be time-saving to directly work on that version of Android for the older devices. It’s a faster route than developing 5.1.1 Lollipop for the gadgets and only later releasing Marshmallow for the models.
There’s no clear timeline for the update yet. The Sony support pages only state that the upgrade is coming. We expect it won’t hit devices this year, so users should be prepared to wait till 2016 to get their hands on Android Marshmallow.