Previously I reported that non-Nexus devices would get in on the Android N preview fun for the first time. While General Mobile (one of Google’s Android One partners) was apparently already invited to the party, a new guest arrived Thursday in the Sony Xperia Z3. Sony announced that the preview can run on the D6603 and D6653 variants, and you’ll need Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later. The full flashing instructions follow:
- Connect your compatible Z3 device to a computer with a USB cable.
- Xperia Companion will open automatically
- Make sure you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later. If not, download the latest version from here.
- Hold down the ALT key on your computer and click on Software repair on the home screen, then follow the guide.
- You’ll be asked to disconnect and turn off your device, then to reconnect whilst holding down the volume down key to start the software flashing.
- You can return to factory settings at any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair
With the Android N preview you can enjoy native multi-window support, bundled notifications, improved direct-reply to notifications functionality and those weird cropped-icons-in-a-circle folders on your homescreen. Sony has long been a supporter of Android development, even contributing the RRO Theme Engine to AOSP, which was merged into Marshmallow last fall (both CyanogenMod Theme Engine and Layers themes use RRO code). Consequently it’s hardly surprising that they’d be the first (outside of Android One) to join the Android N Preview program. What is surprising is that Google opened the program up to non-Nexus devices to begin with.