The Sony Xperia Z, which was released in France yesterday and will be coming to other European countries later on this month, launched with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, an outdated version. Sony promised an update to Android 4.2 for shortly after launch and it appears that the company might be sticking to the true meaning of the word as a new rumor pegs the Xperia Z Android 4.2 update as rolling out in March.
Back at CES 2013, Sony announced its new 2013 flagship smartphone in the Sony Xperia Z. The device will be the company’s answer to the newly announced HTC One, the iPhone 5 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 which is said to be coming in March.
The Xperia Z features some high-end specifications including a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, a 13MP camera, a water and dust resistant design, and a minimal UI experience on top of Android. The device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which isn’t the latest version of Android. Knowing that users would be wondering about Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Sony quickly confirmed that the update would be arriving shortly after launch. And as of now, it looks like Sony might keep that promise.
A photo of what is purportedly of an Xperia Z running a beta version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean has emerged at Xperia Blog. If true, it likely means the software is in testing. What’s more is that the update is evidently going to be coming to European Xperia Z devices as soon as March. That has not been confirmed by Sony though it certainly remains possible given that Sony said it would arrive soon after launch.
Often, manufacturers promise software updates “soon” and end up releasing them many months later. A good example of this was Samsung’s promise to get the Galaxy Note Android 4.1 update out soon, an update that didn’t arrive until earlier this week.
If Sony can stick to its word, not only will Xperia Z owners be happy, but there will be more incentive to pick up the device.
The Sony Xperia Z was released earlier this week in France and will be coming to Germany later this week. The rest of Europe will likely see the device touch down with Android 4.1 on February 28th and beyond.