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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: 268; 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: 1677; 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: 845; 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: 298; 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???
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: 876; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)

iPhone has the worst bezels fyi

posted on 17 Oct 2014, 12:54

56. buccob (Posts: 2714; 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: 2513; 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: 2019; 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: 57; 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: 2714; 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: 1599; 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: 28; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)

Other OEMs sould take notes

posted on 16 Oct 2014, 14:10 9

8. dimas (Posts: 2513; 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: 28; 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: 2513; 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: 28; 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: 608; 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: 496; 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)


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