Xperia Z2
Sony has started Android 5.1.1 rollout for Xperia Z2Sony

Following Sony's announcement last week about the rollout of the latest Android Lollipop version, Xperia Z2 users are now reporting the update is live for them.

With Android version 5.1.1 and build number 23.4.A.0.546, the update is seeding for the D6503 model in several European regions including Hungary, Romania, Ireland and Portugal starting with Vodafone subscribers, confirmed folks at XDA.

Xperia Z2
Android Lollipop v5.1.1 is now available for Xperia Z2 users on Vodafone XDA

"Lollipop 5.1.1 started rolling out this morning to Xperia Z2. All the firmware released are all Vodafone branded for now," said a forum member.

As with any carrier-specific version, expect this firmware to have bloatware. The firmware can be flashed on any D6503 model, after which you can uninstall unnecessary apps. But if you wish to have a bloatware-free version, you will have to wait for the unbranded firmware.

Xperia Z2
Screenshot of Android 5.1.1 build 23.4.A.0.546 on Xperia Z2XDA

Apart from Sony's new changes and features, users report that the animations are quite fast and smooth with this update. The keyboard now has a number row.

Those looking for FTF links for manual installation can use the ones captured and shared by forum members. Given below are the firmware details along with download links.

Device: Xperia Z2 (C6503)

CDA: 1281-2629

Market: Germany

Operator: Vodefone DE

Network: GLOBAL-LTE

Release: 23.4.A.0.546 / R7c

Download [Development thread]

or from here

D6503_23.4.A.0.546_R13C_D6503_Vodafone PT.ftf [Alternate link]

Check out the following guide to manually update your Xperia Z2 with new release. Before the installation note that your Z2 meets the requirements listed below.

Pre-requisites

  • The stock firmware used in the guide is compatible with Xperia Z2. Applying this on any other Xperia variant might brick the device.
  • Turn the developer rights on. Tap on Menu then Settings and navigate to About Phone. From there tap the build number for a few times.
  • Enable USB debugging on the phone- navigate to Menu>> Settings>> developer options and check the USB debugging feature.
  • Ensure that your Xperia Z2 has above 80% battery charge.

How to manually update Xperia Z2 to official Android 5.1.1 firmware (build 23.4.A.0.546)

Step-1: Download the FlashTool file on your PC. Unzip it then install it following the screen prompts

Step-2: Download Android 5.1.1 build 23.4.A.0.546 on your PC [use the above FTF links]

Step-3: Take the .ftf file to the firmwares folder, which is located on the path where you have unzipped the FlashTool

Step-4: Switch off the Xperia Z2

Step-5: Run FlashTool on your PC and click Flash

Step-6: You should see prompts asking to connect the phone with the PC. Do not turn the phone on

Step-7: Wait for some time until the update is completed

Step-8: Upon the completion of the process, unplug the phone and reboot it

You can now get started with your Xperia Z2, having new Android version on board.