Sony and Google together have been working since quite a time to bring you the Android N Developer Preview on selected Sony Xperia Z3 devices. Recently, Google and Sony announced the Android N Developer Preview is coming to a surprising device: Sony Xperia Z3. Owners of the Z3 can now install Sony’s “Xperia Companion” app on a Windows or Mac computer and download Android N Developer Preview.

In a blog post, Google announced that the preview version of next Android will be available for test on Sony Xperia Z3. The Android N Preview was initially available to Google’s Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 6, Nexus Player, and Pixel C tablet.

What’s New in Android N Developer Preview?

Google Android N comes with several great features for developers and here are some highlights:

  1. Multi-Window: This new multitasking feature lets users view two apps or activities at the same time, with the system resizing them as needed to fit the device or tablet screen.
  2. Bundled Notifications: You can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group your app’s notifications together for easier scanning.
  3. Direct Reply Notifications: Use the RemoteInput notification API to enable users to respond quickly to notifications, without leaving the notification shade.
  4. Efficiency: Adapt your apps to use Doze to save even more power in Android N. There are also new behaviours in Project Svelte, aiming to reduce the memory needs of Android.

Note: To read more about Android N features, see Android N for Developers.

How to upgrade Xperia Z3 (D6603, D6653) to Android N Developer Preview

Android N Developer Preview for Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3 D6603 and Xperia Z3 D6653, both the smartphones can be flashed with Android N Developer Preview. Here’s how to get started:

To get started, you can download the latest Android N Developer Preview from Sony (currently Developer Preview 2 is available) and manually flash it to your device. You’ll then receive future Developer Preview updates over-the-air, direct from Sony.

Step 1: First of all, connect your Xperia Z3 device to your PC or laptop with a USB cable.

Step 2: Once done, Xperia Companion for Windows will open automatically.

Step 3: Make sure that you have Xperia Companion v1.1.24 or later. If not get it downloaded from here.

Step 4: Now, hold down the ALT key n your computer and click on “Software Repair” on the home screen, then follow the guide.

Step 5: You will be asked to disconnect and turn off your smartphone, then to reconnect whilst holding down the volume down key to start the software flashing.

Step 6: Now you can return to factory settings at any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software Repair.

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