Sony has continued its rollout of Android 5.1 to a number of its top-shelf and mid-range handsets, and today we’ve received word that the well-liked Xperia Z3 Compact (shown above, right) has received the Android 5.1 update overnight. Ausdroid reader (and one-time writer) Michaela sent in a screenshot showing the update notification which she randomly received shortly after midnight.
Though we’ve not been hands-on with the Z3 Compact with the new update, we have with its bigger (and mostly identical) brother the Xperia Z3, and Android 5.1 feels right at home. Just like the Lollipop update over Android KitKat, Sony’s Compact flagship runs the new software really well, avoiding some of the complaints from other manufacturers where the Lollipop upgrade has destroyed user experience, performance and battery life.
The update is relatively small, and being an upgrade from 5.0.2 to 5.1, there’s not much to change. Of course, we’d suggest you download it over WiFi (and you’ll be prompted to, anyway) and make sure you’ve got a bit of battery life before applying the update. It shouldn’t take more than twenty minutes to download, install and reboot, and then you can enjoy the latest Android, before some of this year’s flagship phones even receive it. That’s not bad for a device from Sony that’s getting close to a year old.
Are you still using Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact? Have you received the update? Let us know in the comments!