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This week Google released the source code for Android 5.0; Lollipop – and to celebrate that we have the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) version up and running on Xperia Z1, Xperia Z2 ….and Xperia Z3

We know there’s probably a few of you itching to get AOSP 5.0 running on unlocked Xperia devices, so we’re working to provide updated versions of the necessary binary files as soon as we can – head on over to Developer World for the latest.

Now’s probably a good a time as any to tell you about a new, exclusive initiative we’re running in Sweden with “3”… 3Beta – a pilot programme giving select Sony fans the chance to test drive Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact devices running early versions of our Android 5.0; Lollipop release.

The premise is pretty simple – gather as much early feedback as humanly possible in order to make the Sony User Experience on Android Lollipop as good as it possibly can be, before commercial rollout next year.

We’ll be monitoring interest, reaction and the success s of this project with a view to rolling out similar initiatives in other markets next year.

We’re really excited to bring Android 5.0; Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series* from the beginning of 2015 – it’s the latest version of Android packed with new features including as a more responsive UI, better control over device security, new ways to control notifications, improved performance and a lot more. The full change / feature log if you’re interested (we’re sure you are) is available at the Android developers site.

*Software rollouts are a phased process – timings & availability will vary by market/operator. Most models supported but some operator/market exceptions will apply

Fredrik Ekstrand

Head of Software Portfolio Planning