Today, Sony began pushing out the much-anticipated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean over-the-air update to all its unlocked Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z devices currently located in the United States. In addition to the upgraded build of the open-source operating system, this update also brings a newer version of Sony’s Xperia user interface, plus a multitude of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations, together with the Japanese company’s newly released “Social Camera” app.
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Sony promised its Xperia ZL users that they would be getting an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update this month, and judging by these leaked screenshots, it could be right around the corner. One users already has their hands on the new release, which brings some user interface improvements, an updated kernel, and more.
Sony has this week confirmed its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade plans for Xperia smartphones and tablets. If you have a recent, high-end Xperia device, then you’ll be eligible for both updates — and you can expect the first to start rolling out “from next month.”
Sony has today revealed its Android 4.3 upgrade plans for Xperia smartphones and tablets. It’s good news if you own an Xperia Z or one of its many variants, as well as the Xperia SP — all of which will get Android 4.3 at some point. Sony also says it is looking at “uplifting some of our other devices running 4.1 direct to 4.3.”
T-Mobile USA has today made the Sony Xperia Z available to pre-order ahead of its exclusive launch tomorrow, July 17. The waterproof flagship can be purchased for just $99 down on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice plan — or $579 if you’d like to buy the device outright — and it comes with a free wireless speaker while stocks last.
Sony’s working on a new flagship smartphone codenamed the “Honami,” and although the Japanese company has managed to keep the handset itself under wraps, it hasn’t been able to stop its software from leaking into the wild.
A system dump from a Canadian carrier has revealed many of the handset’s internals, while its Camera app has already been ported to the latest Xperia devices.
Sony is pushing out an update for its Xperia ZL, including the North American unlocked LTE model, bumping it up to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean — the latest Android release. If you wish to update your handset, you’ll have to do so using Sony’s PC Companion app for PC, or Sony Bridge for Mac.
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has confirmed that its flagship Xperia Z will finally be available in the United States in the coming weeks. The device first launched in Europe, Asia, and other markets in early February, and it was the best-selling smartphone for six weeks straight in Japan.
Facebook has quietly added support for the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Sony Xperia ZL, and other Android smartphones to its new Facebook Home launcher. The update comes after the social network announced it had seen over 1 million downloads of Facebook Home following its launch on April 22.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Sony smartphone on T-Mobile USA, but it appears the two companies are joining forces for Sony’s latest flagship. An Xperia Z has been leaked with T-Mobile branding on its back, suggesting a big announcement could be on its way.