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Sony will update the entire Xperia Z series to Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Sony will update the entire Xperia Z series to Android 5.0 Lollipop

Yesterday, after Google announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, Motorola was the first to unveil a list of smartphones that would be updated to the new version of the OS. Of course, we also know that HTC’s One (M8) and One (M7) are going to be updated, in addition to Google’s Nexus line, and all the Google Play Edition devices.

Today, Sony joined the party by announcing that its “entire premium Z series” will be updated to Lollipop. More exactly, this means that the following devices will get a taste of Lollipop:
 
  • Xperia Z 
  • Xperia ZL 
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Tablet Z 
  • Xperia Z Ultra
  • Xperia Z1
  • Xperia Z1S
  • Xperia Z1 Compact
  • Xperia Z2 
  • Xperia Z2 Tablet 
  • Xperia Z3 
  • Xperia Z3v
  • Xperia Z3 Compact
  • Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact 
Naturally, the Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition will be the first to get the update - sometimes in the next few weeks. As for the rest of the pack, Sony can’t say exactly when they will be upgraded, but we should hear more on this soon. All in all, great news for Xperia Z owners!


source: Sony

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posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:04 20

1. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Awesome, the first Z still rocks.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:08 8

5. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


No offence to sony but Z and Z1 were the worst flagships I ever used. Terrible screens and cameras and pathetic battery life. Also huge footprint for screen size.

Z1 compact and Z2 are great though. I've not used Z3 and Z3C but they seem great.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:20 10

12. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Maybe...but the huge footprint wasnt a bad thing....the Z was quite thin when launched. I dont understand this bezel sht that ppl keep complainjng about.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:25 4

15. Awalker (Posts: 1498; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Because its wasted space and it makes the phone needlessly bigger.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:33 6

20. Feanor (Posts: 703; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Yes, because Sony loves wasting space for no reason; dude, it's a matter of choice: you either have the camera module above the screen and an ultra thin profile but big bezels (Z3), or you have the camera behind the screen and you have small bezels but thicker frame (Z3 Compact). Or you cheat like Apple and Samsung and you have a camera bump. Didn't you see how all thin bezels devices are at least 8.5-9mm thick at the camera?

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 19:50

37. GoogleNexusPrime (Posts: 13; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


I do understand where you're coming from, but you got mention that some companies have superseded those rules. To give credit where credit is due, ala the LG G3. That thing is super thin and light (no camera bump) and very tight bezels. Plus the camera is a beast (13 MP + OIS + infrared focus). When I want to see the envelope being pushed I always wait to see what LG's G series has in store. Definitely has a few short comings though (throttling down due to QHD heating up too much, poor in class battery life, etc.), but in terms of physical dimensions and, dare I say, spec prowess, they always seem to be the Geegee. I wish more companies focused on decreasing bezel size (*cough* HTC, OPO, Sony *Cough*). I fear my Galaxy Nexus is on its last leg and don't want to settle for phone with huge bezels when I know it doesn't have to be that way.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 23:29 4

41. xtremesv (Posts: 297; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


You didn't get the main idea of post 20. You have 2 choices, wider frames or thickness, what you prefer. Sure LG G3 has minimal bezels but it's kind of thick compared to other flagships: G3 8.9mm, Z3 7.3mm, iPhone 6 6.9mm. I'm not saying one thing is better than the other but internal components must fit somehow and we're not talking about Harry Potter's camping tent here.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 13:40

57. GoogleNexusPrime (Posts: 13; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


Okay, yes the LG G3 is 1.6 mm thicker than the Xperia Z3, that is entirely true. And yes, I do appreciate a svelt body (my Galaxy Nexus with extended battery case is definitely chunky compared to newer offerings). However, we need to compare Oranges to Oranges here. The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display, the Z3 (which is not even really out yet, so should be comparing to Z2, but I digress), has a 5.2 inch display, the iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display. Crazy size gaps (compared to thickness). So you think the LG would be a much bigger phone. But the G3 is shorter than the Z3 (by 2.3 mm) and only a bit taller than the iPhone (by 8.2 mm), yet look at the difference in the size of the displays. Yes, the Xperia has stereo speakers, yes the iPhone has a physical home button. However, from a pure "size is the only thing that matters, because ergonomics (see Apple commercial about the iPhone 5 being the perfect size for the average hand), I will sacrifice those features so that I can use my device in one hand. No, I don't necessarily want a G3, but I do want a killer screen to bezel ratio (ZL successor maybe?).

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 14:20

58. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


hey, I made the change from Galaxy Nexus to Z2, I'm loving it

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 04:09 1

47. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


How is camera bump a cheat???
are you out of mind???
How does camera bump affect your experience???
Nothing...
While big bezels make phone bigger and harder to handle...
I would prefer smaller but slightly thicker(moto x,s4,zL) device over thin and big device(Z ,Z1,Z2)

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 09:18

51. paul4hp (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Actually, I think in the Z3 Compact the camera module is entirely above the screen. This is why it can fit in such a big sensor, and why it can do so with the camera flush to the back of the phone without requiring a bulge. The extra thickness is due to the battery's placement, though this extra thickness would in theory also allow an even bigger camera sensor in the future, but at present the camera sensors are the same on Z3 and Z3 Compact.

Not disagreeing with your general point though, as the tops and bottoms are all being used for something. More space above and below also allows for better speakers. On top we have USB port, headphone jack, proximity and light sensors, front and back cam, camera flash, plus the earpiece/loudspeaker. On bottom we have antennae, microphone, speaker. There probably is a bit of room at the bottom for some more, which is why I would like to see a return to physical Android buttons, and even better a fingerprint reader on this space.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:46

55. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


iPhone has the worst bezels fyi

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:54

56. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Well you should have put the Xperia ZL or the recent Z2a as an example of camera module directly behind the screen...
The Z3 Compact actually has it slightly above the screen... anyway you are correct... and you forgot to mention the stereo speakers also add up a bit of bezels... And waterproofing overall...

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:31

18. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


HTC M8, Z and Z1 are forgettable. If Sony keep doing good with the Z3 and up, they might slice Sammy's market share.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:34 1

21. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Z3C is amazing, I just wait to see some Lollipop on it (I hope with new UI) and then surely buy it.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 16:19

30. DanteTheGreat (Posts: 49; Member since: 31 Jul 2014)


Dude, this honestly has not much to do with the article. On a separate note, first time I seeing u post over here.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 00:34

45. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)


z and z1 shouldnt be in same line.
z1 was vast improvement over z.
secondly every z line phone after z1 had same camera so no idea what you mean about one camera better than other.
screen? ok yea sure, since z2 the screen has gotten much better but that doesnt mean z1 was bad.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 09:04 2

50. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I usually don't agree with you on GSMArena, but you are very correct in this post...

Sony's Z and Z1 were crappy flagships (not the worst, but def. not the best)...

Z because of screen, battery and camera
Z1, because of screen (good but not quite), and huge body size for screen

But ZL, ZR, Z1C, Z2, Z3, Z3C are all great devices that improved on their previous version...

I include the ZL because even today, it has an impressive screen-to-size ratio... just go to this site's Size Compare tool and put the Xperia ZL next to the Aquos Crystal and you will see that they are both extremely similar in size (http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/Apple-iPhone-6,Sony-Xperia-ZL,Sharp-AQUOS-Crystal/phones/8346,7538,8836 ).... and the ZL had a better screen than the Z...

I think that Sony has been addressing important issues one step at a time and they have accomplished great screens and incredible battery life, that were their main cause of criticism.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:28 2

16. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1413; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Has, had the worst screen any flagship ever had. Terrible in every sense. Not to mention the camera was horrible.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:05 5

2. Alcahas (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Other OEMs sould take notes

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:10 9

8. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I bet Sammy's touchwiz department will panic on this sony announcement.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:13 14

10. Alcahas (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Nah, they will release another wave of 100+ low end to mid-range devices to compensate for that

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:32 2

19. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


That made me laugh. More refrigerators with no Android One certification.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:47 1

22. Alcahas (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


But I want to play Angry Birds on my fridge :c

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:05 5

3. Sakeem (Posts: 458; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Wow!! Impressive.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:06 2

4. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yay! Can't wait! Lollipop is such a cute name xD

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:09

6. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


What about Sony's non-premium phones? Will they just be left to rot?...

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:16 1

11. Flippyphone (Posts: 67; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


Yes, they will all be intentionally bricked by a Sony software update, and owners will be offered a 1% discount to upgrade to a Z model phone.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 22:31 1

39. aditya.k (Posts: 493; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Yeah. Just like they did with the Xperia SP.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 23:18

40. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Shameful...

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 09:25

52. paul4hp (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Cyanogenmod dot org and search for "huashan"

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 00:28

43. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I believe that their M2 and T2 might get it. Still fairly new.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:09 7

7. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Sony's trying to outdate Samsung phone models by updating early. Very clever.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:11 7

9. kkmkk (Posts: 481; Member since: 06 May 2013)


super great news for sony z users ;-)

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:21 6

13. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Great news for us Xperia Z owbers

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:21 4

14. Feanor (Posts: 703; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Surprised. I wasn't even sure that my Z1 Compact would get the update, but I was almost certain that the original Z series (Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z) would not. Not bad.
However I'd recommend the Z owners to have patience until at least summer 2015...

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 17:48

32. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


it's still new and eventually it will get updated.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:30 1

17. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


announce today,update next year.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 16:13 1

29. pyradark (Posts: 852; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Its better late than never

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:54 4

23. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Lol... because F***! midrangers... hehehe

Thats why I always buy flagships even if they are old, vs new midrangers

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 00:32 2

44. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Well, the reception to that is Motorola. They're updating their original Moto G and Moto E...

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 08:46

49. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Yes, I admire this new Motorola... they really improved from the old one that sold me the Atrix... The flagship that was left with Gingerbread, buggy skin and crappy "webtop".

But today, I recommend Moto G to everyone looking for a midrange phone... otherwise get a flagship.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:58

24. yoavst (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jul 2013)


What's about all the not z series? like the T3

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 15:16

25. damanha (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Great news for xperia users, and let's hope they update their UI as well.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 15:16 3

26. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Take that Galaxy S3!
Stay in official 4.3 forever!
Xperia Zed have Lollipop!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 15:52 2

27. Carlitos (Posts: 513; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


First off, the Galaxy S3 latest update puts it on KitKat.
And the even so, the Xperia Z was released a year after the s3 l, so it matches up more with the Galaxy S4.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 16:41 3

31. Busyboy (unregistered)


Not the international S3. It's at 4.3 for good.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 20:46 2

38. Settings (Posts: 1591; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That puts S3 into shame. They have the same specs as the first Zed but cant update to official Lollipop. I really hope Sony doesn't buckle on this one and cancel the updates on the earlier versions of Z.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 11:50

53. Carlitos (Posts: 513; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


They don't have the same specs. The Sony Xperia Z, doubles on pretty much everything on the Galaxy s3.

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 16:03

28. solidsnake695 (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


now its interesting too see what sony phones will support android lollipop and its camera features see sony has that painting effects in their camera software ( post processing ) and in lollipop we can control noise and it has super fine jpeg support (which is suppose to be sonys bionz processing but its ABSENT ) and raw support so basically this means if sony adds that in z z1 z2 z3 sony will be kings in camera phones ...........but i am guessing that my z1 wont get lollipop so i may have to depend on cm team for lollipop still i have my awesome qx10 take extreamly awesome low light shots

http://www.change.org/p/sony-mobile-fix-the-camera-software-sony

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:03

33. leonmbj (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


The others will have to instalo cyanogenmod

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 19:06

34. nenegyima (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


hop sam mobile wil update soon

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 19:16

35. gundamexia450 (Posts: 27; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)


OMG, IS THIS TRUE??? IF IT IS, THEN ALL MY DEVICES ARE UP TO DATE?? THX, SONY!!!

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 19:30

36. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Thanks Sony for keep my device(Xperia ZR) up to date ~
If I have budget to get another one smartphone, Sony surely get my money ~

#XperiaZseriesFTW

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 00:10

42. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


My ZL and Tablet Z is going happy happy joy joy mushy mushy yum yum.
Guess I won't be upgrading.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 01:21

46. jonvdw (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)


I'm a Z user, and I had already accepted the fact that my device would remain on kitkat. This is great news, but let's just hope the update gets released faster than kitkat was, and that sony doesn't overturn this decision like it did with the SP.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 06:19

48. Genersis (Posts: 218; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hopefully the similarities between the S800 chips make things a bit easier.
I'd estimate somewhere between 3 to 8 months to roll out all these updates.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:11

54. rakmvk (Posts: 17; Member since: 13 Jun 2011)


Sony should make some changes on UI.

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 17:42

59. FarmerStyle (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 May 2014)


Good news for xperia z users .

posted on 18 Oct 2014, 14:47

60. gosselin (Posts: 89; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I'm getting Z3 compact and Android 5.0 Lollipop hooray!!

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