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Sony Xperia ZL Android 4.3 firmware update leaks, UI goes white

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Sony Xperia ZL Android 4.3 firmware update leaks, UI goes white
Early last month, we told you about a number of Sony Xperia devices that will be receiving Android 4.3 before making the jump to the chocolatey goodness of Android 4.4. A published report out of Asia shows what allegedly is the Android 4.3 update for the Sony Xperia ZL. And the first thing that Xperia ZL owners will notice is that the UI has gone with black on white.

The white UI that purportedly is coming with Android 4.3 for the Sony Xperia ZL does make sense considering that it matches the UI for Android 4.2.2 seen with the flagship Sony Xperia Z1. It is believed that the Z1's interface is coming, not only to the Xperia ZL, but also to the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZR and Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

Speculation is that the Japanese OEM will start rolling out the Android 4.3 update in the middle of this month. In the meantime, you can check out some screenshots below.


Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: bbs.gfan.com (translated) via XperiaGuide

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posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:22

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 775; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


And I thought the UI couldn't get any better

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:34

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's basically an upgraded UI, the Android 4.3 update may not include the new camera UI from the Xperia Z1. The Android 4.4 KitKat update will have the new UI.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:09

3. alterecho (Posts: 1091; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I think they went with white to cover up the whitish blacks of the screens of models like the Z and SP.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 00:35

5. anleoflippy (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


This.

Or maybe because white is the less dominant colour used in the display so switching to this new UI saves battery.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 06:06 4

8. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 890; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Err, Sony doesn't use OLED, LCD always consume the same power regardless of the colour being displayed, the only thing that affects power consumption on an LCD is brightness, nothing else.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:14 1

9. anleoflippy (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I stand corrected.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 07:27

10. buccob (Posts: 1544; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Maybe the need to increase brightness for most of those UI screens is lower since changing to white... thus saving a bit of battery...

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 00:34 3

4. anleoflippy (Posts: 314; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Even though I already have the Xperia Z1, I still have the Xperia ZL for backup. Now I'm gonnna wait.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 02:36 3

6. KINGJUAN27 (Posts: 196; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I have the Z. Can't wait! :D

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 05:26

7. Remmy (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Maybe it will depend on the color of the phone itself, white for white phones then black for black phones :) What I'm really anxious about is in the improvement of cameras, and if the Z1's camera features will also be available for the earlier Xperias :)

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