Android 5.0 Lollipop update for T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 rolling out with Band 12 support

Xperia Z3

Late last night (or early this morning) T-Mobile finally approved and released the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Sony Xperia Z3. T-Mo’s popular product guru, Des Smith, Tweeted yesterday evening that the update rollout would begin at midnight Pacific time. As well as getting a taste of Lollipop for the first time, Z3 users will also be able to use T-Mobile’s 700MHz frequency band 12 LTE network.

We’ve already had a couple of readers get in touch during the early hours of this morning to confirm that the update was successfully installed. Saying that – at time of writing – both the software updates progress page and the Z3’s individual software versions support page are yet to be updated. Both still show Android 4.4.4 as the latest update.

Let us know if you manage to get the update downloaded and installed successfully and how you like it with Sony’s custom skin on top.

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  • Arturo B

    So basically almost all those high ends devices are getting an update + a carrier update to support the new band 12, but the iPhone 6 ain’t getting shit, and don’t tell me it doesn’t support that band cause I swear that Qualcomm radio that the current iPhone 6 has it definitely supports that band just that it’s hidden there, yet us iPhone users have to wait until the 6s release to buy another full price phone just to use a new band which is absolutely ridiculous when there could be some kind of update to make that work in the current device. If you look at the iPhone 6 bands there’s 4 bands which support 700mhz low band even if it isn’t band 12 the chip itself supports that frequency… Anyways, I’m tired of trying to believe this is possible… There’s no other option for us just to buy another iPhone later this year just for a simple band support.

    • sd

      not to add injury…. but isn’t what you are describing apple’s strategy since the begining of iphone? I’m not an apple fan, but they have been pretty consistent on this, so can’t really blame them.

      • Arturo B

        I know… That’s why I don’t give a crap anymore, anyways the 6s it’s around the corner so yea… Good thing after the 6s every new iPhone will be band 12 supported.

        • DJ Mozzletaff

          And yet you buy into Apples scheme of phones you don’t need and have less features than better phones because you have envy of what others already have.

    • Epic_Ninja420

      You are surprised?

      • Arturo B

        Surprised about what?

    • Daniel

      Actually, the Qualcomm MDM9625M radio chip used in the iPhone 6 does NOT support band 12, so no, it is NOT possible to enable it with a software update. As for why Apple went with the MDM9625 instead of the newer MDM9635, it was reported when the iPhone 6 first came out that this is most likely because production of the MDM9635 was still just ramping up, and could not yet be made in the quantities Apple needed for the iPhone 6, which makes perfect sense.

  • sushimane

    i think i got the update and currently installing finally im so happy.but hopefully this would help me with my email problem. and yay band 12 and im moving to Massachusetts basically Boston.

  • Verizonthunder

    Awesome just told my best friend the news

  • Ras

    Yes just got it had to manually check nyc here

  • sd

    anyone know if z3 compact is ever getting update/band 12?

    • Daniel

      No. The z3 compact and the unlocked z3 do not have the hardware to support band 12. Only the T-Mobile branded model d6616 has the hardware for band 12.

  • ” J.D. “

    I downloaded mine at 6:45 AM EST / I got to admit I expected a long drawn out experience to my surprise it went smooth & quickly . everything seems to be running nicely love the new notifications and yes there is a close all button on the running apps or you can close them one at a time. I’m really liking this update ,,/(òÓ,),,/

    • Epic_Ninja420

      Please tell me they at least improved picture taking with superior auto? Not that it matters since I dumped mine for a S6 2 months ago lol.

      • ” J.D. “

        Hi – They have a cople of new features something about smile shot ? & steady shot I didn’t go through all of the setting yet if I find more I’ll give you a shout ~ cheers

  • tranceformer978

    Too late, Jumping to the G4 today.

    • Mike

      What’s the point of this???

      • tranceformer978

        That’s what she said.

  • TexMex1234

    I just got mine this morning. Yeah!

  • h_f_m

    Is this 5.1.1 or a 5.0 revision.

    5.1.1 definitely fixed a memory leak issue on my N5 with the previous lollipop builds. Wondering if that is affecting the z3 as well. I would hope Sony is including a fix for that.

    • Joe

      If sony was smart they would include a fix for it but I doubt cuz my s6 has the memory leak using 80-90% ram after 1 day of no boot.

      • h_f_m

        I think it was either a Kernel patch or possibly a fix in a binary (driver…) But if your Samsung is also exhibiting the issue perhaps it’s just a Kernel patch.

    • Mike

      It is version 5.0.2

      • h_f_m

        If you happen to see your “system” memory allocation sky high after about 24 hours if you look under Apps->Running.. it might be there

        Sky high would probably be at or greater than 500-600M .. my N5 sits around 350-400 now that it’s on 5.1.1. Cached being used isn’t a problem, it’s specifically system.

        • Mike

          It moves between 400 and 800…randomly as I’m watching it.

        • h_f_m

          That’s interesting.. almost seems like you have an app that is doing something on an aggressive schedule

    • Craig

      Sony fixed the memory leak in 5.0 build: forum.xda-developers.com/crossdevice-dev/sony/clarification-xperia-lollipop-fix-t3087240

    • Craig

      Sony fixed the memory leak in their 5.0.x update: (remove spaces around the .com) http://forum.xda-developers. com /crossdevice-dev/sony/clarification-xperia-lollipop-fix-t3087240

  • ml

    If you’re rooted, you gotta use Xperifirm+Flashtool.

  • Mike

    Mine just did the update. But strangely, it requested I connect via WiFi to download the update.

    • J Cav the Great

      The Download is more than 600mb. That’s why it suggested to connect to WIFI…for some people this would eat up the data bucket. Also if on mobile data..the download could stop due to loss of signal..that would be inconvenient…

      • Mike

        Often times software updates are free (don’t count against data caps). Also, the downloaders are smart enough to resume when interrupted where it last left off. It happened to me this morning when on WiFi and I disconnected to go to work where it then resumed downloading once I reconnected to WiFi.

        • J Cav the Great

          Hence, “for some people”…

  • Luis Espinal

    Ahhhh, please tell me the zmax is just dead last for band 12 and they’re not skipping it totally!

  • substance

    I’m loving my phone that much more this morning! I hope the updates don’t stop here though…

  • Stone Cold

    Huge download 621.7 MB. This is almost like getting a brand new phone with the look and feel.

  • Eric

    I noticed right away that my phone overheats and drain battery faster than kit kat

    • Mike

      That is what I am also noticing. Plus tethering is painful. Seems to disconnect much more often or says I’m connected and I have the 4G logo on phone and several bars of service but my computer can’t connect to anything. Frustrating.

      • Savage BreakThaLawFTP

        I now have to unlock my phone to answer calls & the screen stays black until I mash the power button….the hell man?

    • kanakamaoli

      Eric, I too had battery drain issues. It was Google play services that was always running in the back ground at a high % according to the battery usage chart in power management. I went to the application manager and Uninstalled updates in Google play services and then to install the fresh version in simply opened Google now(swipe up from home button icon) and the the bottom right it will say update Google play services. Tap on it to select and it will update to version 7.3.
      I also did the davlik cache clear(hold volume up key and power button at the same time till it vibrates 4 times and let go to shut down the phone. And then reboot. I took phone off charger at about 720 am, it is now 11 am and just awoke my phone from sleep and it still says 100% battery. Much better than kitkat for me. I am impressed to say the least.

  • Nico

    And the M2?? :(

  • Peter Smith

    Does anyone know of any good cases for my Z3?

    • J Cav the Great

      I have the CruzerLite Bug Droid case..its thin. Protective. Comes in many colors.

      • Mike

        That’s the one I have and I like it. Cheap on Amazon.

        • J Cav the Great

          Yup…Amazon..I ordered the light green one (Android) but got shipped (or accidentally clicked)the red one. I then decided to keep the red one looks nice on the Black Z3 (Red/Black) Bulls fan!!

      • Savage BreakThaLawFTP

        I got a black one & a smoke grey one, actually ordered the smoke grey first for 20 bucks off ebay but they sent the black one, when I contacted them they sent the grey one for free…

    • sushimane

      i got spigen pretty good they only had a clear case at the time 10 dollars i also got a screen protector for 5 dollars.

    • Savage BreakThaLawFTP

      But the cruzer wasn’t beefy enough, needed more protection for particular reasons, now rocking a two piece eBay “grenade case” 9.99

    • substance

      I have a motomo brushed black metal case on mine. Got it on amazon. People are are always complimenting on its looks.

    • truedduece

      I got this one from a smaller company called Vena http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00THIVU5K?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00 Its not super thick and its clear, so it doesn’t interrupt NFC and doesn’t ruin the aesthetics either, It also seems to improve the grip-ability of the phone. I haven’t dropped my phone yet so i cant speak to its drop performance yet.

      • Peter Smith

        I think this has been the best case I have seen for it. I am in it for this one. Thanks for the share.

  • Savage BreakThaLawFTP

    How does the band 12 make my life better? DLing the update via WiFi now, it just flashed on my screen…

    • Robert Boluyt

      If you live in an area with band12 deployed, it provided more LTE bandwidth and faster speeds. If you don’t life in such an area, it does absolutely nothing.

      • AS118

        If you travel to such an area though, that might be cool, as long as you stay there long enough to enjoy it.

  • guest

    hows the camera on the Z3 like in low light areas and during the day

    • Robert Boluyt

      On KitKat, I thought it was decent, huge improvement of my m7. Not sure about Lollipop.

  • josh

    im thinking of getting this phone but i want to know it the bootloader is locked. also if band 12 will work after i root and add a custom rom to it

  • DJ GBOI LIVE

    does anyone else notice lower LTE speeds (ex. youtube, and browsing) with the new lollipop on sony z3 tmobile version?

    • kanakamaoli

      I am still getting same speeds lte 100+MB download in Honolulu, Hi

  • Giovanna Rossi

    Is there anyway to remove the stupid notifications from the lock screen? I can’t stand it! I can’t find anyway to remove it. The notifications need to stay where they we’re before the update.

    • CAL_08

      Go to the Settings menu / Sound & notification / then select “Don’t show notifications” on the “When device is locked” option (3rd from the bottom).

      • Giovanna Rossi

        You are awesome. Thank you!

  • Omar Lozada

    All cool sound settings, like virtual surround, studio,club and concert hall are there but not working at all.
    Not for front speakers not the headphones.
    Great update but sound settings dead.

    • kanakamaoli

      For me it works with the headset but not the front speakers. In fact the front speaker volume is way softer compared to when my z3 was running kitkat. One more thing the xloud option is missing in lollipop. Did Sony or T-Mobile drop the bomb on this one?
      I hope they add it back soon. Volume is to soft now

  • DaveTexan

    So it looks like Xperia Z C6606 is completely abandoned by TMO?

  • ” J.D. “

    HEY EVERYBODY ! ! with so many asking if their device will be up dated or if sony is abandoning you I found this and knew it would be of interest here at TMO so here it is >> ((( Sony has just announced that it’ll bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z lineup starting in July. Yes, we didn’t get that wrong, we’re talking about the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, etc. Sony also confirms that other products like the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia C3 are also on the list, but these cases will highly depend on your market, and no more data was provided on that matter. )))

  • Too late, I traded my Sony Xperia Z3 in for LG’s G4. Never again will I buy a Sony product outside of their Bravia and Video Game division.

  • Alex L

    Updated my T-mobile Z3 to lollipop a few hours ago and the update went flawlessly. It was well worth the wait. I found no lagging opening or using any apps, battery at 70% even after I’ve been using and testing the phone for nearly seven hours. The connection to wifi is flawless. Call quality is excellent. The Sony skin is elegant and sophisticated. Yes, I want T-mobile to continue supporting and selling this fine piece of technology. Are you listening T-mobile? I’m a very happy customer.