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Sony Shipping Android 4.3 to Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

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Sony issued a release today on its official blog, stating that Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean,” is now rolling out to Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra devices around the globe. Sony claims that they have been working hard with the new software, making sure that plenty of great user experiences are awaiting folks who update their devices. 

For starters, Sony has implemented Smart Social Camera into the software for the Xperia Z Ultra, which is the company’s signature camera experience that launched with the Xperia Z1. Sony details the full changes owners should see, so if you’re toting an Xperia Z1 or Z Ultra around with you, check out the list.

Do we have any Sony owners here?

What’s New

  • Google’s Android 4.3; Jelly Bean as standard – bringing Project Butter performance & UI optimization and a smoother graphical experience
  • Launched with Xperia Z1, we’re now bringing Sony’s Smart Social Camera to Xperia Z Ultra – our signature camera experience, that lets you download, access and enjoy “Xperia camera apps” directly from within the viewfinder
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select and…
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* - a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, offering seamless access to both local and cloud content
  • The launch of our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – more on this soon…
  • The latest Android security enhancements, matched with Sony’s mobile enterprise solution: Xperia in Business
Via: Sony
  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Shipping to Tim? Can I get that Overnighted?

  • AbbyZFresh

    4.3? Yawn.

    I want to see KitKat Sony. You’re falling behind.

    • AtomicGadget

      KitKat for the Z Ultra and Z1 is scheduled to get released in january, so this 4.3 update is more like a “here, play with this for a couple of weeks while we’re working on 4.4. Now shup up”

      • Mayoo

        This is ridiculous. Why would Sony spend money on resources to develop, adapt and test 4.3 if they know they will dump it only a few months after.

  • Ryan

    Since Jelly bean 4.1 all the updates arent such a big deal to me. Its nice to get fast updates but not needed. If and when 5.0 comes out then that will be a big update that I will want.

    • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

      Say wha?

      This is fast to you? 4.3 launched months ago, and these are handsets that aren’t even locked down by carriers in this case.

      And the updates are not needed? True, JB4.3 may not bring much, but of course KitKat (which has been pushed out to Q1 2014) definitely does. And that’s definitely important to the average owner of these devices.

      • Adrynalyne

        In no part of his statement did he imply that this update was fast.

      • Ryan

        LOL no its not fast sorry didnt mean to imply that. But with Android getting so much improvement from back in the days of gingerbread OS updates dont mean what they used to. I have a G2 and works fine, 4.3 and 4.4 arent a big deal for me.

        • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

          It’s all good :)

          And yeah, the G2 has so many things stuffed into it that updates really won’t change it very much

  • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

    The two phones are pretty meh.

    I own them both and they’re nice, but there’s nothing that would make me want to buy either of them over phones from other manufacturers. In the end, they’re just some other Android phones with slow updates.

    • mustbepbs

      Just another half-hearted effort from Sony in the Android ecosystem. And they wonder why their mobile division continues to bleed money. Don’t have much left to sell there, Kaz.

      • AtomicGadget

        And here you are, jumping on the train. Might i ask you WHY they are such bad product? According to the avarage XDA person that owns a Z1 or Ultra, both of them are fantastic devices.

        Now, back to you. Why are they bad?

        • mustbepbs

          Because of stuff like this:

          http://www.androidauthority.com/sony-z-ultra-gpe-bug-324916/

          And stuff like the Xperia Play losing support for no reason and Sony going back on their promises for the device. They make pretty devices, I’ll give you that, but I’ll never trust them with another device again.

          You obviously are hurt by this opinion and must be a shareholder.

          • AtomicGadget

            So, because of Sony’s updates, or lack of those, the physical products that works as they should are bad products? At what point do they go from being excellent product to being bad? The second a new Android version hits the street and you have to wait for it? Whatever you say.

            And on top of that you’re complaining that a niche device lost support. You do know what niche is right? Maybe you should go with a more popular or mainstream device next time.

        • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

          The average XDA person loves the Z1 now? Just unlocking the bootloader on the device breaks the camera functionality. Only that.

          And the Z Ultra? Great camera and everything, but no flash. I think we’ve come to at least expect that on every phone.

          • AtomicGadget

            Are you sure that unlocking the bootloader breaks the camera? Check again (hint: 4.3 fixes it)

            Also, i have the Ultra, and i have to disagree on this one. The Ultras camera is really really bad. I knew this long before i even bought it, but the Ultra isn’t advertised as a camera phone; the Z1 is. The Ultra is advertised as a business device, and it works great as that.

    • AtomicGadget

      So you own them both, but you wouldn’t buy them. You bought one of them and decided that it was so bad that you bought the other. Yes, this seems plausible. s/

      • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

        Who says I’m not BFFs with Sony’s CEO?

        Who says I don’t work there?

        There’s a lot more to put into consideration there before jumping to conclusions :)

        And no, they’re not “so bad”. I love them, but I see no plausible reason to choose them over any other OEM flagships (most with some sort of differentiating feature).

        • AtomicGadget

          You wouldn’t talk Sony’s products down if you and the Sony CEO were BFF’s :-P

          Also, i own the Z Ultra, and i believe it to be the best 6+ inch “phone” out there, and it’s a really great product altogether. I have never had any issues with it, but it’s a niche product, so the mainstream peeps out there won’t even have a second look at it. I wanted a HUGE device, so i had a choice between the Galaxy Mega and the One Max. The other two are “meh”. The Mega is a mid-range device, and the Max is a huge version of the One. So then the beast that’s named Ultra showed up. It’s a flagship device with top specs, and it had the huge screen i wanted. So even if it’s not your type of device, small or big, it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad product. If you don’t like it/them, fine, but you can’t go around and tell people that it sucks.

          • http://droid-life.com/ Rthvk

            Again, I never said that!

            Note didn’t appeal to you?

          • CasperTFG

            If the Ultra was on Verizon it would be my Gnex replacement. Not enough big phone love around this place.

          • LiterofCola

            If the Z1 was on Verizon I’d drop the Maxx in a heatbeat for it.