Sony rolls out Android 5.1.1 for Xperia Z3, Z2 devices

It has mostly been bad news lately for Sony fans, with the almost scandalous Xperia Z4 and the contentious Xperia M4 Aqua. But now there's a reason for them to cheer up, especially if they own one or a few of Sony's previous smartphones. The manufacturer has just started the distribution of an Android 5.1.1 update and it will be hitting the whole range of Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 devices, both smartphones and tablets, many of whom are still living in an Android 4.4 Kit Kat world.

It's quite impressive that Sony made this update available not only to last year's models but the previous year's as well. This includes the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, the Xperia Z2, and finally the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

As for new features in this update, aside from the latest Lollipop version, Sony has also revealed a few interesting tidbits to be found inside. Super Auto Mode focus got an accuracy improvement, for one, though sadly user reports indicate that the update doesn't bring expected manual controls to the camera app. Sony has also improved how the volume and silent settings work, giving users more control over how they want to be disturbed. The update now also allows owners of a SmartWatch 3 to use the wearable as a remote camera control.

Sony has a treat for owners of even older Xperia smartphones. The same update will be coming to the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra in the coming weeks. After the premium Z series follows the Xperia T2 and Xperia C3, and then by even older Z phones. And finally, to cap it all, the update will reach the Xperia M2 and its rugged Xperia M2 Aqua cousin.

It's definitely sweet for Sony users for the next few weeks. Except, of course, for Xperia Z3+ owners.