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Sony Xperia Z3 gets Android N developer version

Sony Xperia Z3 gets Android N developer version
Sony Xperia Z3 gets Android N developer version
Nexus smartphones are no longer the only Android devices to get official preview versions of upcoming major Android updates.

For the first time in recent memory, smartphones outside of the Nexus family will be able to join in on Google's Android beta development program. The Sony Xperia Z3 will be one of the first to receive a developer preview of Android N and the manufacturer is already boasting about it to developers online with more compatible smartphones to follow.

Accordingly, two specific models of the Xperia Z3 are part of the beta program: D6603 and D6653. Both models make use of the same Developer Preview 2 kit that are also available for Nexus devices. The pre-release versions of Android N are set to launch of the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Tablet Pixel C in addition to the Xperia Z3.

The latest build of Android N Developer Preview 2 must be manually installed with the Xperia Companion 1.1.24 software on the Xperia Z3. Of course, Sony recommends backing up the original software in case a rollback is required. The Z3 will receive Android N via an OTA update in the near future when the software is ready for prime time.

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2016-04-24 (Update: 2016-04-24)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.