Wednesday , June 6 2018

Sony starts pushing the Android 5.1 update to Xperia Z2 and Z3 devices

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Owners of Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Z3 line of devices, including the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will begin receiving their Android 5.1 update as of today Sony has announced.

The update to Android 5.1 is of course carrier dependent if you purchased your handset from one of the telcos here in Australia, but retail units should begin to see the update soon. So what’s in the update? Sony has listed off a number of the features you should see in the update, which include:

  • Increased customisation options – so you have even more control over the way volume, silent modes and your alerts function
  • Brand new LinkedIn integration – be more productive with intuitive contact synchronisation in your Calendar
  • Camera improvements – with faster, more accurate Superior Auto Mode focus for great images, regardless of conditions
  • Enhanced enterprise support – with our latest Xperia in Business features for work
  • SmartWear integration – selfie snapping made that bit easier, with SmartWatch 3 as a remote shutter button

In terms of local availability, Australian carriers Vodafone and Telstra both list the Android 5.1 update for the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 (including the Compact) as ‘In Testing’, however Optus hasn’t updated their page to reflect any testing on the update.

Telstra has a bonus for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact owners however, with a note on their page looking like the Android 5.1 update is being tested for them, with an estimated deployment date of the 10th of August, though according to a note users will first need the Android 5.0 update which will be pushed out first.

We’ll watch this one with interest, and hope to see some movement on handsets here in Australia in the near future.

Source: Sony.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress, CES and IFA.


  1. Brett Jack Flintoff

    If anyone gets the update for Z2 (Kogan purchased, Optus Networks (JeeNee Mobile)) please let me know – at this stage I’m going to predict mid October …

  2. Anyone else find this update has made pulling down the notification bar difficult? And that 2-finger pull down to reveal quick settings no longer works

  3. My Z3C (D5833) from Kogan got the 5.1.1 goodness this morning when I wasn’t even aware that it was available. All working very smoothly and possibly a little faster too. Great that the volume / vibrate / silent issue has been fixed. Very happy with this phone.

  4. My wife’s Z3C (D5803) got the update last night.

  5. Got the update yesterday (Z3 D6653, Australian stock). Stability improved a lot. It’s so much faster and smoother! Three things I’ve noticed so far:

    – Pin unlocking doesn’t require to hit the “enter” button anymore. I use a 4 digit pin and it unlocks the device automatically after I enter the right pin.

    – When your internal memory is getting full, you get a notification that suggests to move some content to the SD card. The pop up now has an option to move apps as well. It used to suggest only media (videos, pics, etc).

    – I have a moto 360 and the sony camera shooter works perfectly. I’m guessing it’ll work for every android wear and not only on the Sony smartwatch 3.

  6. Got the update this morning on my Z3 (D6653)

  7. If anyone gets a Z2 manual update link, let me know.

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