How To Flash Android N Developer Preview On Your Xperia Z3

A few days ago, Android N Developer Preview was release for Xperia Z3. There are 2 variants of Xperia Z3 that can be flashed with Android N Developer Preview, D6603 and D6653.

Android N introduces several great new features for developers, with more to be added as Google continue to develop the Android N release.  Here are some highlights:
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. All apps targeting Android N are resizeable unless they opt-out, so make sure your layouts and resources are optimized.
Bundled notifications – You can use the Notification.Builder.setGroup() method to group your app’s notifications together for easier scanning.
Direct reply notifications – Use the RemoteInput notification API to enable users to respond quickly to notifications, without leaving the notification shade.
Efficiency – Adapt your apps to use Doze to save even more power in Android N. There are also new behaviors in Project Svelte, aiming to reduce the memory needs of Android.

How To Install / Flash Android N On Xperia Z3

Before you proceed with flashing Android N Developer Preview on your Xperia Z3, ensure that it’s one of these variants- D6603 and D6653.
Step One: Download Xperia™ Companion for Windows. If you use MAC OS, download here.
– System requirements for Xperia™ Companion installation on Windows:
  • Internet broadband connection
  • Intel® Pentium® 4, or equivalent AMD processor
  • 5 GB free hard disk space
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 available USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port and USB cable
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10
– System requirements for Xperia™ Companion installation on MAC OS:
  • Internet broadband connection
  • 2.0 GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Duo or better
  • 5 GB free hard disk space
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 1 available USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port and USB cable
  • Mac OS® version 10.8 or later
Step Two: Connect your compatible Z3 device to a computer with a USB cable and Xperia Companion will open automatically.
Step Three: Ensure you have Xperia Companion version 1.1.24 or later installed. If not, download from Step One.
Step Four: Hold down the ALT key on your computer and click on Software repair on the home screen, then follow the guide.
Step Five: 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.
Step Six: Reboot device once firmware flashing is complete. That is, if it does not reboot automatically.
That’s all. Guess it was pretty easy! 😉
Note: If you want to return to factory settings, you can do so any time by connecting back to Xperia Companion and following the Software repair.

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