(Xperia Beta Program) Install 23.5.A.0.486 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Beta Rom on Xperia Z2, Z3, Z3 Dual and Z3 Compact

Jesse Han   2016.03.21 20:29   Jesse Han  

As you know, Sony has started to widely release the official Android 6.x Marshmallow update for their Xperia devices. However, only a few models like Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z3+ and more were supported till now:

Sony has recently also appointed the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update of Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Dual and Xperia Z3 Compact, but you need to be invited. What do you mean? All of these upgrades are available in form of Xperia Beta Program, and confirmed only in very few places like Spain, Italy and Netherlands.

For all these Xperia devices, the update brings the new build number 23.5.A.0.486. And now, thanks XDA’s developers, you can enjoy the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update on your Xperia Z2, Z3, Z3 Dual or Z3 Compact. There are packaged ZIP files for you, I just want you to make the most of it.

Xperia.Beta.Program

ZIPs Download Directly

  • Z2_MM_Beta_23.5.A.0.486_Flashable.zip (Xperia Z2 D6503 by XDA niaboc79)
    https://mega.nz/#!BYly3TRB!qRjGteFs_30eHOUEiEEJRVeRu1sBuqqt9no6Tox-zE8
  • backup.zip (Xperia Z3 D6603 by Baidu sunzhigangforever)
    http://pan.baidu.com/s/1pKjQwgb (Password: 0i6o)
  • backup.zip (Xperia Z3 D6603 by XDA juanpirulo)
    https://mega.nz/#!jhB2nISZ!1m5aDHgQ2JgJryeYninPpZ6RLF1Owlzn29n-KSD4db0
  • Z3_MM_Beta_23.5.A.0.486_Flashable.zip (Xperia Z3 by XDA masuods70)
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8cCnBv81XJ0OHZvcjBMdEZ2LTg/view
  • Patch_Radio_MM_Z3D6633_Laercio_Lalau.zip (Xperia Z3 Dual D6633 by XDA masuods70)
    https://mega.nz/#!QolXzJ5B!6S0H2v9Z0gqJZyWDZ0Dd4m_av5zUfKYOrJym5Ls9tlo
    (It’s important to note that the file is only a radio patch)
  • Z3C_MM_Beta_23.5.A.0.486_Flashable.zip (Xperia Z3 Compact by Xperia Firmware)
    http://depositfiles.com/files/zs7ze7cm1

The files called backup.zip, which is the backup of original Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Beta with build number 23.5.A.0.486. The rest are flashable ZIP files.

Flash Firmware Package

For Xperia Z2

According to the original developer niaboc79, the Android 6.0.1 Beta rom is stable, and for locked and unlocked bootloader.

  • Your Xperia Z2 should be running on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, on this, it should be build 23.4.A.1.264
    D6503_Customized ES_1281-4644_23.4.A.1.264_R8C.ftf (Xperia Z2 D6503 by XDA niaboc79)
    https://mega.nz/#!MZ9DUQZZ!CqvHIsKxZHY3F4AZh6lZPPz_I-fcFaQtpUFlzTozaXo
  • Make sure you have a customize Recovery, you should can use XZDualRecovery, which includes TWRP and CWM
  • Copy rom file you downloaded to your Xperia Z2, such as Z2_MM_Beta_23.5.A.0.486_Flashable.zip 
  • Boot your Xperia Z2 to TWRP
  • Wipe all items, like data, system, and more
  • Install the rom file

For Xperia Z3 (Use backup.zip)

It should be available for locked and unlocked bootloader.

    • Your Xperia Z3 should be running on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, on this, it should be build 23.4.A.1.264
      D6603_23.4.A.1.264_IT.ftf (Xperia Z3 D6603)
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1AAC4lt7nzOS0FWSUR3c29RMVk/view
    • Make sure you have a customize Recovery, the XZDualRecovery is good
    • Unzip backup.zip, you will get 3 files
    • Boot your Xperia Z3 to TWRP
    • Backup
    • Choose Kernel only
    • After backup, connect your Xperia Z3 to your computer
    • Go to the folder you just backup, such as \D6603\TWRP\BACKUPS\
    • Delete all files in that backup folder
    • Copy 3 files you just unzipped to that backup folder
    • Restore on TWRP Recovery
    • Wait for the restore process to be completed

    For Xperia Z3 Dual

    You should flash the rom file for Xperia Z3 first, then you need to flash the radio patch file Patch_Radio_MM_Z3D6633_Laercio_Lalau.zip.

    For Xperia Z3 Compact

    • You should have the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop rom, it should be build 23.4.A.1.264
      D5803_23.4.A.1.264_IT.ftf (Xperia Z3 Compact D5803)
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1AAC4lt7nzOUWdMVVI4OXA2VFU/view
    • Make sure you have a customize Recovery, the XZDualRecovery is good
    • Copy the rom file to your Xperia Z3 Compact
    • Boot your Xperia Z3 Compact to TWRP
    • Install the rom file

    OK, congratulations to you! Enjoy the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow Beta firmware with build 23.5.A.0.486 on your Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Dual or Xperia Z3 Compact.

    I have to say that I haven’t tested these flashing.

    For those want to unlock bootloader, you should make sure you have backup TA secure partition. At this point, once you have TA backup, then you can restore Sony’s DRM goods when you relock your bootloader.

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