SonyXperiaZ3Compact-Back

Android 5.0 Lollipop has arrived for owners of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, although at this stage it appears to be limited to those who bought the handset outright from Sony Experience stores or the like. Former Ausdroid writer Michaela got in touch with us to let us know about the update, and was kind enough to take some screenshots to show us what the new update looks like.

Unlike previous OTA updates for Sony’s handsets, the Xperia Z3 Compact update to Lollipop required a PC to download the new software and apply it to the handset, though the process was reportedly easy and fast enough for it not to be an issue.

Anyhow, take a look at how Lollipop looks on Sony’s baby flagship, and let us know in the comments if you’ve received the update as yet:

Now we just have to wait for the update to pass carrier certification, and for the bigger brother Xperia Z3 to receive the same update and carrier certification. It might be a little wait yet.

Thanks: Ausdroid alumna Michaela.
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me
me
5 years ago

Generally loving it, but the data usage screen seems to have vanished. I’ve depended on this ever since it appeared in Jellybean and it’s a backwards step to take it away again.

Sarah Louise
Sarah Louise
5 years ago

I updated mine with out a computer :/ but i am now having issues with my camera when i open its black! ive restarted my phone took sim out put back in but its still not working. I use the camera for my job and now its effecting my work, can anyone help 🙁

Vincent
Vincent
5 years ago

Quick question. Do you need to have particular branding and version when creating the FTF for Z3 customized?

Chris
Reply to  Vincent
5 years ago

They’re only text fields which are saved into the FTF and they’re of no real consequence if you’re not sharing the file with anyone else. Just leave ’em blank.

Vincent
Vincent
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Thanks Chris.

Alaisdair Dewar
Alaisdair Dewar
5 years ago

Can anyone help? I only have a MAC and can’t find how to download the flash and xperiafirm software for Mac 🙁

Chris
Reply to  Alaisdair Dewar
5 years ago

Flashtool is available for Mac natively; Xperiafirm runs under Windows and you’ll need to install it on a Windows instance under Parallels or Virtualbox or similar.

Alaisdair Dewar
Alaisdair Dewar
5 years ago

so cant wait to flash this tonight! thanks for the heads up guys!

R-
R-
5 years ago

Battery on new update doesn’t seem to be as good as before, goes from a charge lasting 2 days to only 1 now.

salty
salty
5 years ago

I checked my Z2 for software and got update via pc.

rogeriozz
rogeriozz
5 years ago

No updates so far in Brazil. Updated my Z3 Compact today using flashtool. Running perfect.

Robin
Robin
5 years ago

Got update in india
Cheers

kenkaniff
kenkaniff
5 years ago

Anyone have a date for the Singapore released Z3 compact version getting the lollipop update?

meir
meir
5 years ago

the same BS evry day.
WARNINNG!!!!!!
THE ANDROID 5.0 BAD FOR NOTE4!!!!!

Michaela
Michaela
5 years ago

Haha! Just a note: Tap to Wake and ICE info on lock screen = Pocket dialing your parents and leaving a 5 minute voicemail message! I’d turn the Tap to Wake off.

Max Luong
Max Luong
Reply to  Michaela
5 years ago

At least with the Lollipop update, the tap-to-wake goes to lockscreen rather than straight to desktop when using Smart Lock…

My phone would always do crazy things in my pocket before the update.

lu99ke
lu99ke
5 years ago

downloading generic AU FW 23.1.A.0.726 for Z3 right now! 🙂

c0nt0rti0nist
c0nt0rti0nist
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

same here (using Sony PC companion) !

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  c0nt0rti0nist
5 years ago

I couldnt use PC companion as I have Telstra phone … So I used flashtool to flash the generic one….bonus is no longer have the annoying Telstra boot animation! 😉

c0nt0rti0nist
c0nt0rti0nist
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Yeah I too had flashed the generic KitKat firmware on my bought-outright-but-telstra-branded-Z3 a couple of weeks ago and that’s probably why I got the lollipop update via Sony PC Companion this morning.

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Hi there. Could you please post as link to how you flashed this? I have a Telstra z3 I purchased outright and love to flash the new lollipop but have a mound of fear!!?

Chris
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

Chris the easiest way to grab firmwares that your phone might not recognise is to use a combination of tools: (a) XperiaFirm to download the firmware for a compatible device (e.g. unbranded or another carrier), (b) Flashtool to flash it to your Xperia and (c) an insane amount of courage.

The last bit is optional. Flashing the Z3 is actually really easy.

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Cheers mate. I think I shall try ! Downloading software now!

JeniSkunk
JeniSkunk
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

Hope it works well, Chris

Chris
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

There’s an extra step, and it takes ages — you’ve got to use FlashTool to convert the downloaded files to an FTF, which you can then flash. Pain 😐

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Just about to attempt to create file…unpacking firmware as we speak…

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

good luck mate!!
now… once you have done that.. .. you will start to wonder what else you can do…. then you get to decide whether or not to jump down the rabbit hole into the world of rooting / flashing custom ROMs and all sorts of other goodies… it’s a slippery slope my friend!! 🙂

Max Luong
Max Luong
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Make sure not to include the .ts files when creating the FTF.

Vincent
Vincent
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

Thanks Chris. What branding and version do we put in for Z3 with the Customised AU Firmware when creating FTF file?

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

here is a tutorial on using flashtool… a bit old but all still valid http://forum.xda-developers.com/xperia-z/general/tutorial-how-to-flash-stock-roms-t2240614 Also, as Chris mentioned, you can use flashtool to download the FTF to you want…. rather than downloading it elsewhere as per the tutorial. When you open flashtool, go through the “devices” menu and select “check updates” then select the Z3 form the list and open the 6653 tab… pick the customized AU FW as that is the generic Australian one. As chris says… it really is easy and as long as you stick with flashtool, it is all stock FW and you cannot really… Read more »

OrangeKnight
OrangeKnight
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Same here. but we need to use the PC Companion though.

Lachie Outhred
Lachie Outhred
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Does your phone need to be rooted to do this?

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Lachie Outhred
5 years ago

Not at all… See threads below with links to guides for using flashtool. Go for it.

Lachie Outhred
Lachie Outhred
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Sweet thanks!

Max Luong
Max Luong
5 years ago

I flashed the unbranded AU firmware from XperiFirm and on the weekend. I’ve been missing Lollipop ever since going from my Nexus 4 so it’s good to have the awesome scrolling and amazing screen responsiveness back again.

It works really well. Fantastic update.

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  Max Luong
5 years ago

Can i ask please specifics on how you did this?

Chris
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

See above Chris. It’s piss simple. Use XperiaFirm to download the firmware of your choice, and use FlashTool to flash it. Both are available for Windows from XDA; Just Google ’em.

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

I downloaded the wrong one first…thought I had to choose Telstra or I’d brick device… it did teach me how to flash easy…ONCE i solved windows 8.1 bloody driver signing issues! Trying this download now.. hope it is generic..

Device: Xperia Z3 (D6653)

CDA: 1288-4247

Market: Australia

Operator: Customized AU

Network: APAC-LTE

Release: 23.1.A.0.726 / R5C

Size: 1.48 GB

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

That’s the one!! I am using that one… It will work perfectly. How did you go?

Chris Spencer
Chris Spencer
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Awesome. Lollipop heaven! Should I get all future updates now OTA from Sony?

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Chris Spencer
5 years ago

Yup – your phone now thinks ( and is in all reality ) a phone you bought from Sony directly… So when they update that “customized au” firmware, PC companion and eventually OTA update will happen. Having said that.. When Telstra finally release their .726 firmware, you can always flash that in the same way ( you should not have to wipe data given it is same android version ) and your phone will go back to a Telstra phone. We are really lucky having a tool like flashtool available to us..heaps of awesome developers on Sony.. Much much harder… Read more »

Dara
Dara
5 years ago

I personally think that Sony skin of Android is the best out there.. It’s not offensive, take the best elements of lollipop and only adds a touch of Sony flavour to it.. Though the latest touch Wiz on lollipop is much more toned down than past version I would still trade it anyway for this.

Marné Prinsloo
Marné Prinsloo
5 years ago

My z3c still has no OTA or update when I plug it into the Sony Bridge software.

Phil Tann
Reply to  Marné Prinsloo
5 years ago

I got mine early this week when i checked the software.
You won’t get an OTA on this one from what I’m reading

lobie81
lobie81
5 years ago

Hurry up telstra!

Phill Edwards
Phill Edwards
5 years ago

I received a Lollipop update for my Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact last week. It’s 5.0.x not 5.1 – do you think that will be a problem? I’d heard that 5.0.x is a bit buggy and 5.1’s the good one. Don’t know if they’ll release another update.

lu99ke
lu99ke
5 years ago

Come on Z3.. !!

Does it have the “close all” button on recent apps screen??

Michaela is really organized!! 3 ICE contacts!! I have not set 1 up yet!! 😉

norton
norton
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

Nope it doesnt have the close all button. I really hope they fix this!!

Adrian Mace
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

I hope it doesn’t!

The close all button does more harm than good for your battery life. Built in android memory management does a better job of closing stuff that isn’t needed than the user ever can – and often even after you close it, android will automatically open them again in the background.

This opening and closing and fighting the system is just draining battery life as opening and closing repeatedly is a lot harder on the phone than leaving the same thing open and idle.

Guest
Guest
Reply to  lu99ke
5 years ago

I really dislike this omission, also.

Michaela
Michaela
Reply to  Guest
5 years ago

Erk sorry, that was me. I love a kill button!

Also, no one on my ICE list answers their phones so I figure more = merrier!

lu99ke
lu99ke
Reply to  Michaela
5 years ago

He he… Well, really… Who uses their phone as a phone anymore??