Sony today unveiled that the AOSP build for Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for their Xperia line-up of devices. That doesn’t mean the update is available, it just means that developers can now use the Android 6.0 Marshmallow AOSP in order to create their own custom ROMs.
There are few custom ROMs based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, as some manufacturers have already received AOSP builds of the new OS. You can find a few of them on forums for the Nexus 4. Starting today, however, be on the look-out for new custom ROMs based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, created for Sony’s Xperia device line-up.
Sony published their list of devices that would receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based updates in the future and those of you who have handsets not on this list can rejoice at the sight of new custom ROMs once they appear from under the hands of diligent Android developers. You can check out the list of devices that should be updated on Sony’s Mobile blog.
Open source fans can access the AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow builds and create custom ROMs for devices like the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 and more. That’s good news because official updates to the new OS will definitely be late this year, seeing as manufacturers just their hands on the builds from Google.
We expect the last flagships from Sony to start receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow starting December 2016. The Xperia Z5 series will most likely be first to be updated, followed by the Xperia Z4 tablet and Xperia Z3+ handset, and then the 2013 series of Xperia Z3 smartphones. Although not all Xperia handsets will get the update, custom ROMs will be made available for a slew of handsets pretty soon.