The full list of Sony Xperia devices that will be receiving the Android 6.0 M update has been known.
According to the mobile manufacturer’s official blog site , the following handsets will soon be seeded with Google’s latest mobile operating system:
- Xperia Z5
- Xperia Z5 Compact
- Xperia Z5 Premium
- Xperia Z4 Tablet
- Xperia Z3+
- Xperia Z3
- Xperia Z3 Compact
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Xperia M5
- Xperia C5 Ultra
- Xperia M4 Aqua
- Xperia C4
Sony reminded users that the availability of the Android 6.0 M update will vary depending on service providers and market region. However, the announcement did not mention a specific time frame when the software rollout will commence for each of the aforementioned Xperia devices.
Apart from carrying the expected graphics and performance upgrades, Android 6.0 M also enhances Android Pay and Google Now while toting a new standardized fingerprint-scanning technology and backup data support.
Google Now is smarter in three main areas in Android 6.0 M: contexts awareness, providing answers, and helping users take action.
The personal assistant within Google Search can now put into context ambiguous commands such as this, that, and there. Google Now’s awareness of approximately 100 million places is supplemented with Google Knowledge Graph’s proficiency of more than one billion different entities from television shows, cookbook recipes, to sports teams and a lot more.
The new operating system’s support for fingerprint sensor is perfect for unlocking and securing devices. However, it also ties in nicely with Android Pay, Google’s new mobile payments system. Android Pay is a free-for-all application programming interface (API). This means websites and other mobile platform developers can interact with it seamlessly.
When battery charge ultimately runs out, Android 6.0 M has support for USB Type-C. The capability not only lets users charge their device three to five times faster, but also use it as a conduit to charge other devices.
Aside from these key features, Android 6.0 M tows a slew of smaller graphics enhancements such as an improved notification system, simple swipe action to access Voice Action from the lock screen and new windows animation that lets elements appear from their point of interaction.
Android 6.0 M also runs on Google’s “Intelligent Prediction Engine,” allowing it to monitor habits of users and consequently provide a tray of apps that it thinks users will be using throughout different times of the day.