Shortly after Sony started rolling out Android version 6.0 for its TVs in Europe, the company had to suspend the update due to ”technical issues”. The roll-out will resume on April 19, the company has confirmed.
Android 6.0 for Sony TVs
Sony has not commented on why it had to suspend the major software update but according to forum posts the software ”bricked” some 43-inch models.
- "Since the Marshmallow OS update was temporarily suspended, our TV engineers have been working diligently to resolve the unexpected issues that have been found in the market," Sony wrote in March.
The problem has apparently been resolved so Sony will resume the roll-out of the Android Marshmallow software for its 2015 and 2016 Android TVs this week.
- "We're pleased to announce that the roll-out of the Android Marshmallow update will resume, as an automatic update and a USB download, on the 19th April," the company said. "We plan to gradually roll-out this firmware in waves, and will finish deploying the new firmware (version 3.865) to all Internet connected TVs by the end of May."
If you managed to sucessfully update your TV to version 6.0 in February and your TV is functional there is no need to worry, Sony informed owners. If you have yet to receive the update you can download it starting on April 19 via Sony’s support page and install it via USB or simply wait for the server to be ready to push it to your TV via the built-in over-the-air update function.
New Design Concept: New design concept is introduced to screen design such as background image.
HOME menu: The same app icon is not displayed on both Featured apps and Apps at the same time.
HOME menu: Location of Inputs is moved to the bottom of the HOME screen.
For changing the HOME screen information, also see the following.
Volume adjusting bar: We moved the volume adjusting bar to the bottom left of the screen and made the picture easy to see.
Expansion of the built-in memory: You can move the downloaded games and apps to a USB memory device or HDD as an extended memory.
Displaying programs in each genre: When searching TV programs, programs are displayed by genre, such as drama, sports, or music, etc. This will enable you to search programs you want to see more easily. You can display the programs in each genre with the program check function and Genre program guide in the program guide application.
New design of Help menu: The Help menu displayed when the HELP button is pressed on the remote control will become user-friendly. You can get information you want much faster through illustrations and by category.
Fixes an issue with the aspect ratio in the ‘Video’ app
Other changes: For security reinforcement, licensing is necessary when using a USB device or microphone. If you try to use a device or microphone, the message for licensing is displayed on the screen.
Performance: Lots of unspecified bug, performance and security fixes