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

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: (translated) via XperiaGuide

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Xperia ZL
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2370 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



7. Remmy

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 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 :)


Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

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

4. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

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

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

5. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

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

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

9. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I stand corrected.

10. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

And I thought the UI couldn't get any better

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

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