Sony rolling out Android Lollipop 5.0.2 updates for Xperia Z and Z1 series devices

Owners of the old, but still "totally having it" Sony Xperia Z, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra can finally treat themselves to Android Lollipop 5.0.2 updates! The Z1 series of devices are being upgraded to firmware version 14.5.A.0.270, while the Z series devices are being updated to 10.6.A.0.454.

The Xperia Z1 changelog contains the following fixes and improvements:

  • The lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage
  • The “close-all-button” in the activity menu has been brought back, so you can easily close all apps at once
  • Devices with server policies (such as Exchange Active Sync for e-mail) have been unblocked to enable the new Lollipop lock-screen notifications
  • The LED light is lit across all sound modes, no longer offset by “silent”
  • Made the necessary fixes to enable the easy movement of content from internal memory to external microSD card
  • Improved messaging functionality in Ultra stamina mode

Meanwhile, the update for the older Xperia Z series (a 1.2GB mammoth of a download) contains Lollipop's most notable additions, that is Material Design, lock screen notifications, user profiles, and moving apps to SD cards.

The Lollipop updates should be available over the air and via Sony's desktop software around the world soon. Z1 users in Canada and Hungary have posted confirmations and screenshots following the update, which means this thing is live! We don't have Xperia Z screenshots, but the two-year old phone should be getting updated as we speak. So far, only users in Taiwan have confirmed its sightings.

source: Xperia Blog



1. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

They may be slow as hell, but at least they keep the updates coming. I wonder how long the Xperia Z will get support. HTC and Sony are pretty good with supporting their older flagships

5. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

No, no and NO!!! HTC sucks at support! They even stoped supporting their nearly one year old flagships few years back (One S and One X), so no.. You can`t say, that HTC are good at that! And now, One Mini 2, which isn`t too cheap either - BOOM - no Lollipop, because "hardware is too bla bla bla", although LG L90 received it. I am former HTC user, and would gladly join them again, but they suck big time when it comes to software support.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

My two year old HTC one M7 received the 5.0 update way before any of my friend Samsung S4 saw it. Same for the HTC M8 thats got latest update before the S5. So sorry dude they may have failed with the one X and one S ( any company fail sometime ) but on latest generation they are pretty good. Same thing with Sony before they where not updating well but since the Z serie they do a great work.

10. kareivis

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Yeah, but that trend, to update only flaghshipest of flagships is quite bad. One Mini 2 is priced almost as Z1 Compact, but no Lollipop for it. So, comparing it to LG L90, looks like HTC is still lacking in software support. Don`t get me wrong, HTC One`s are amazing devices, but support could be better for that price. Off-topic: I am now owning Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, and something is not right, couse, Lollipop is theoretically available for this device since 13.04.2015 but not for mine and friends Z1C. Region crap? Don`t know.

12. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yes it's probably region crap. My mothers z1 got it around the 15th but had to connect it to a pc. And about the one minis they are just mid ends and htc does a very bad job with them. The zr/z1c/z3c aren't comparable to the minis of sammy and htc only in price ;)

13. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

True, Sony should not be compared to HTC in terms of updates. I can't forget my last HTC sensation which I bought when it was released with gingerbread but it never got the jellybean update. Jellybean eventually to ported to it through xda.

17. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

agree with that , i have a one x , loved the phone , but software made me hate the company , got dumped at 4.2 while the S3 went beyond . i have a Z2 now and will get a Motorola next , HTC never again

2. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

And where is the Xperia Zl?

7. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I think it will be updated also as it's the same as the z.

3. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Also slower is better if they fix all the bug right away and dont rush a bugged version out. Time to get my Z1 back in action xD

4. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Seriously guys?! Lollipop has been out for the Z1, the Z1 compact and the Z ultra for weeks now. This is just a bug fix. It's the older Z series that's just getting the lollipop update for the first time. It's getting hard not to think that you guys troll Sony.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I just got the update today on my Z1 in Canada. Several country was still on 4.4.2

6. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

My Tablet Z is ready. Kudos to Sony for keeping its promise.

11. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Kudos for Sony

14. whoyou

Posts: 17; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

just updated my Xperia Z to build no. 10.6.A.0.454 here in Qatar. ;)

15. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Just updated my Z1, really glad to have the "close-all-button" back. Weird why they omitted it in the first place. Anyways, I'm more frustrated with Sony renaming their "Walkman" app to "Music".... just plain stupid.

16. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I think they removed it as it uses more battery if you close all apps. I leave all my apps open now and the battery life is somewhat better the only thing i shut down is fifa and ufc. About the music app i also got frustrated the first time i saw it. I thought I'd lose some functionality but luckily it didn't lose a thing but still the name was at least something special now its just normal

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