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Xperia Lollipop
Sony is in the midst of rolling out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update to their handsets. Of course being the latest, Sony is rolling it out to their Z3 series first off, they’ve announced details of the rollout previously but they’ve now announced some new updates via Twitter on the rollout.

There’s two tweets in particular that are of interest, the first talks about the global rollout to the Xperia Z3 and Z2 series devices, while the second talks about an update to the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 phones.

Of course if you purchased your phone through an Australian mobile provider then you’ll need to wait for the software testing to be completed:

  • Vodafones latest Software Update blog lists the udpate for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 as ‘Testing in progress’ – they also list the update for the Xperia Z as expected to arrive for testing in late April.
  • Telstra has previously advised on their update page about the Xperia Z2/Z3 update as being scheduled to rollout on the 13th of April.
  • On their Software Update page, Optus lists the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2/Z3/Z3 Compact as ‘Next Version – 5.0 (Lollipop) Update 30/03/15 – Currently testing, expected to be released mid April.’

The outright handsets purchased from retailers without carrier software – i.e if your phone doesn’t have a carrier boot animation or pre-loaded apps – will receive the update OTA or through the Sony PC Client from Sony.

Sony has also put together a video of what the update will look like on your Z3 when it arrives:

Source: Sony@SonyMobileNews.
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TheDeviant
TheDeviant
5 years ago

Boom!! Update appeared! I’m now on lollipop on all my devices!

Max Luong
Max Luong
5 years ago

I flashed the Baltic D5803 firmware on my D5833 and everything seems to work… Got tired of waiting.

It’s not as big of a “woah” as it was on the Nexus 4. Still very nice, though.

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

Bought my Xperia Z3 from Sony Centre in Melbourne. Just checked still no update!!. I have Vodafone sim inside although phone is generic brand. Would that matter?

deanomalino
deanomalino
5 years ago

I bought my Z3 from JB HI FI outright over Christmas and asked the salesman specifically if there was any carrier related software on the phone that would hold off getting updates straight from Sony. He assured me there wasn’t.

Took it home and turned it on to be greeted with a Telstra boot animation. -_-

Couldn’t be bothered taking it back. Guess I won’t have to wait that long.

c0nt0rti0nist
c0nt0rti0nist
Reply to  deanomalino
5 years ago

Same here. I’ve been keeping an eye out for a Generic Australian D6653 firmware on XDA (Anyone here got it?). As soon as someone posts one, I’m gonna flash my Z3 with it and its adios Telstra bloatware.

Pumpino
Pumpino
Reply to  c0nt0rti0nist
5 years ago

Just flash another version such as Boltic or Nordic. It’s the same, and you’ll likely get updates faster in the future. 🙂

yup
yup
Reply to  Pumpino
5 years ago

Don’t think you can with the z3’s there is a different model so firmswares aren’t exactly compatible if using flashtool. I may be wrong I’m just going off what a friend of mine was saying about his

Pumpino
Pumpino
Reply to  yup
5 years ago

I was assuming it was the same as the Z2, but you’re probably right.

c0nt0rti0nist
c0nt0rti0nist
Reply to  yup
5 years ago

Yeah thats what I read on XDA too. While the Nordic firmware might flash fine on the Aussie Z3 models, one might start experiencing call drops / connection issues cos of the differing freq bands

Kenny
Kenny
Reply to  yup
5 years ago

There are different sub-models for the Z3 Compacts (D5803 and D5833), so I would assume there’ll also be different sub-models for the Z3.

c0nt0rti0nist
c0nt0rti0nist
Reply to  Pumpino
5 years ago

hmm but dont the non-D6653 firmwares (eg: Nordic ones) use different radio / LTE bands?

Pumpino
Pumpino
Reply to  c0nt0rti0nist
5 years ago

I’m not sure, but I haven’t noticed any difference. I’m still getting 4G on my Z2.

Pumpino
Pumpino
5 years ago

I’m running Lollipop on my Z2 (Boltic version). It looks prettier in some parts, but it feels watered down compared to KitKat. The interface is looking more stock than it used to. Some people might prefer that, but I’m enjoying HTC and LG’s skins more at the moment.

TheDeviant
TheDeviant
5 years ago

I read that this morning and now I wish I had my tablet with me. I’ll check tonight to see if I’m lucky.