Sony launches Android 4.3 updates for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Xperia Tablet Z


The time has finally come: Sony just revealed that four of its slightly older Android devices are being updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean starting today, December 23. The devices are: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z.

Sony mentions, however, that timing and availability of the update “may vary by market and carrier.” So not everyone gets to enjoy Android 4.3 starting today or the next few days, but the update will certainly come eventually.

In case you don’t know, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean brings a nicer graphical experience alongside Project Butter performance and UI optimization. The update also brings Sony’s Smart Social Camera to the four Xperias, plus many enhancements on other Sony-specific apps and services.

All four Sony devices that are receiving Android 4.3 Jelly Bean now will likely also get Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony didn’t say exactly when this will happen. But we’ll let you know as soon as we find out.

source: Sony

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23 Comments

1. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

What about z1?

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It was updated about a week ago.

3. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Ok, I really hope that z1 will get a 4.4 update soon

5. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I think it happens at the end of January.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Thank you, Sony!

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

What about the xperia s which was last year's flagship. It's on 4.1 jellybean and have not heard about anything else coming. My brother has the s3 which came out around the same time and is now on 4.3 and is expected to get 4.4 next year so I don't see how Sony can abandon a device that came out around the same time.

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have the Acro S and I really do not mind having 4.1.2 or 4.3 or whatever... it is still JellyBean... But what I really would like is for Sony to iron out bugs that has been introduced with the latest (and possibly final) update for Xperia S, SL, Acro S

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

It is jellybean and not any visual changes so agree that is just jb but there has been many big behind the scene updates like support for BT 4.0 Le, open gl 3.0 and better battery efficiency etc etc.. 4.3 fine they didn't give that but I think 4.4 should be updated for last year's top end devices but looks like it's not happening. For me its a matter of principle you know, I expect if company x is updated there older flagships then I would a competition Like Sony would do the same. It also breaks confidence, what's to say next year Sony isn't going to abandon the early flagships of this year

17. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Hey don't get me wrong, I would love to get updates too, and I also get mad about having a buggy firmware with no update in sight... But as anleoflippy said Qualcomm stop supporting the S3 chip and there is very little Sony can do... It was a bad decision to use that chip instead of the S4, especially by the time the acro s was release, but I knew that when I bought it and I have seen an improvement in Sony regarding updates... Anyway I am still debating If my next phone will still be Sony or not, but surely will be a top consideration...

10. Feanor

Posts: 1367; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

But Xperia S was essencially still Sony Ericsson and this was a different era. It's sad but most likely Sony has given up support for devices that used old processors. Samsung has some continuation in the process, so I believe that for them updating older devices is far easier, because they have a better control over the entire past product line up. I think Sony will get better with the devices that are real Sony, basically the Z series and onward...

14. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Qualcomm has stopped releasing drivers for the Snapdragon S3. Sony can't do anything about it.

9. BLikens1619

Posts: 67; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

Forget all these devices, give my 4.1 for the Ion LT28AT

11. LekKonti

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

i'm not getting update to my Xperia z c6603... f *$^&k

15. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

My Xperia Z C6602 already upgraded to the JB 4.3 with the build number 10.4.B.0.569 I am from Indonesia and thera are so many significantly changes, smoother, faster, new UI,new camera feature, new keyboard skin etc... It just too good to be true and awesome. Thanks SONY two thumb up for you!

16. malavpatel77

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2013

When does the bell xperia z get 4.3? WE didnt even get 4.2.2

18. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I'm not getting the 4.3 yet.. I have the Xperia Z! Been refreshing the update center for 2 days already!!!! :(

20. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I haven't gotten it either....today is December 28TH!!! I have Z c6603

22. thewilliamlindh

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2014

When you get the update depends on when Sony releases it in your country, so don't worry, you'll get it sooner or later.

19. ayub407

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2013

I still didn't get the update yet. Kept on refreshing the update center for 2 days like a complete retarded.

21. tejassrinivasan24

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

could Phonearena make a video about what the update brings, ? the camera needs software changes :'(., it takes horrible indoor snaps

23. Kalpesh007

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 21, 2014

In Xperia ZR keypad. Vibratio is not getting off Pls answer it After doing off in setting also vibration is not getting off

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