If you are a subscriber to phone carrier networks within Russia, the Middle East, Ukraine, United States, Brazil and other parts of the globe and own the Sony Xperia Z3 Dual smartphone you ought to keep your eyes on the notifications panel for a fresh over the air update. The new software update is arriving with the build number 23.0.1.F.0.96 and it will continue to find devices over the coming days. Of course, Sony offer a great service from the Update center so most users can find the download available directly from the application.
The new 23.0.1.F.0.96 OTA update keeps the same Android 4.4.4 KitKat number. Sadly, it’s still not the Android 5.0 Lollipop that many were expecting. Android Lollipop comes with heaps of cool features including Android RunTime replacing the dalvik, Android Beam, a new material design user interface, material design available from the app drawer, a new Easter Egg that plays similar to Flappy Bird, new smart notification features, important updates to the camera, Google security patches and more.
Since most of the goodies from KitKat including the white navigation bar, white status bar, wireless printing, new emoji faces, immersive mode, full screen album art from the lock screen and more were all patched in earlier version of Android Kitkat, the last stages don’t come with many features. We know many Xperia owners are still complaining of heavy bugs in the system and these last installments come for mainly addresses those hindrances. As for this new firmware: we don’t know anything that’s inside since there is no change-log. let us know what you are finding so we can update the story!
Those of you erring on the side of caution should backup the existing data using an application of your choice. Moreover, you can use the built-in backup feature to store most of the data. You shouldn’t automatically lose data unless something goes wrong during the installation and the phone requires a hard reset.
Correspondingly, you should always installing the update from a stable home WiFi connection and avoid applying the file from the mobile data plan. By doing so, you are avoiding any unwanted data charges and the high traffic over the countries networks. Most phone carrier networks always prefer you sticking to the WiFi. If you aren’t backing up the data and making copies, that’s even more important.
Are you up and running on the latest digits on your device? Remember, you can check the update is successful by navigating your way to the Settings > About Device > and checking the new build number is showing. Let us know in the comments what you think. We’ve already seen a few protests around the web of people pushing for the Lollipop OTA instead. We are sure that’s coming soon.
Download the official firmware file here and flash it using the Sony Xperia Flashtool.