Watch the Android 4.2.2 update for the Sony Xperia Z

Watch the Android 4.2.2 update for the Sony Xperia Z
The high-end Sony Xperia Z has not yet received the Android 4.2.2 update, but that hasn't stopped some owners of the phone from installing a leaked version of the OS build. A couple of videos show just what we can expect the update to look like once installed on the Japanese OEM's flagship Android model. Another video shows the widgets and lockscreen following the same update.

Considering that a leaked version of the update has already been spread, it means that we shouldn't be that far away from an official release of the update for Sony Xperia Z owners. The phone came to market with Android 4.1.2 pre-installed.

The tone for the Sony Xperia Z was set early in the year at CES 2013 where it was one of the best received smartphones at the show. Sony even arranged to have it dunked constantly to show off the water resistant feature of the model.

source: YouTube (1), (2) via AndroidAuthority

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Xperia Z
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2330 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

t-mobile might release the xperia z with 4.2.2 j.bean in the box.

37. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Hope so

61. habeebs

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

why is sony xperia z camera sucks in low lights ?! , are they going to fix it with the new os update ? , its hilarious comparing to another phones !! Xperia Z Owner

2. FlushGordon unregistered

It still has the worst screen ever....hahaha

3. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Why do you hate on everything? Got nothing better to do?

4. mkrmec

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

And you have no idea what you're talking about... it compares to One and S4 display easily... If you make a stupid accusation like that at least tell us why you think that...

10. FlushGordon unregistered

I am surrounded by geeks...3 of them own an Xperia don't have to educate me about this

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Let's just admit it. XZ;s display is inferior to GS4's and HTC One's. I'm a big sony fan but that display is inexcusable. What's the purpose of putting that kind of display if it does not lower power consumption and the total cost of the product. There's no redeeming factor in the XZ's display relative to the ones found on current flagships. If we keep telling Sony nothing's wrong, they won't do anything to make their products more competitive. We have to be more objective. Look at how Apple fanboys made Apple technology stagnant. If we love Sony, we have to tell them something's wrong and needs fixing. Let's just hope the Togari delivers a better display. I won't be buying a new smartphone until 2016 until Sony comes up with a truly formidable device. If they continue creating XZ mistakes, I'll move to a new company. I'm really tempted by the S4's display because of the possibility of very low power consumption. LEDs can save power especially if you use only small parts of the screen and if you maintain a black/dark theme. Hope Sony does OLED displays soon.

12. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

What don't people understand? The Z had a screen lottery, so does the nexus 4 and HTC one. Initial shipments in western markets had the inferior screen, thus poor reviews. Even the inferior screen displays were improved to some extent in a recent software update. Now, the issue at hand, oled. Extremely saturated and inaccurate colours, amazing blacks but blueish whites after a little while. Pentile means the gs4 display is less sub-pixel dense than some 720p screens. Yes, that's not a joke. Burn in. What? Oled is still in its early days, until these major problems are solved, then they fail. IPS can be much better.

14. FlushGordon unregistered

Screen Lottery my A-S-S it's a TFT crapfest technology that isn't supposed to be put on smartphones....There are NO screen lottery as you might own to is just BAD.......BAD BAD BAD Have you even compared it with a 1080p ips??? My guess is no you clearly haven't

16. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

You've just shown your idiocy and ignorance to the whole world. Even AMOLEDs have a TFT layer. So are IPS. You fail HARD. Hence, all your other comments, for safety reasons, will be rightfully ignored.

17. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Regarding the screen lottery, it's fact, undeniable proof. Even you agree we should flush Gordon for his stupidity.

18. FlushGordon unregistered

I DARE you to find a YouTube review which praises the Z's screen quality. If you cannot find one...then you are in the extremely tiny minority (shills not included)...go get your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist

20. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

You don't have the courtesy to either apologise of rebut my points? Get lost you immature troll. You don't have the right to dare anyone. What happened to seeing the phone in real life, eh?

21. FlushGordon unregistered

Dude, you LOST go have a check-up

58. katuss

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

fyi screen comparison

13. FlushGordon unregistered

Quite ironic how these cheap ips China 1080p's (like the Zopo C2) have better overall quality than the Z....I am not basing my statements from what I read from the internet...seen it, held it first hand...The el-cheapo ZOPO C2 pwns the Xperia Z in terms of viewing angles, color rendition, brightness levels and contrasts

24. Ralph1987

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

I agree with you that we have to be honest about how bad the display of the Z and ZL are but dude, Sony doesn't have to use OLED like Sammy. First of all, Sony is fond of making water and dust proof phones so OLED is a NO-NO! Don't you know that OLED has organic substances that will surely destroy the phone if it is exposed in wet environment? Look at what Samsung did on their S4 Active, they switched to the same TFT screen Sony used with the Z and ZL. Sony should still use LCD with a better quality than the OLED like IPS or Super LCD like what LG and HTC use. I just hope that the Triluminous screen technology will be on par with the competition. Sony needs to put more effort in making their smartphone screens and cameras give more pleasing results because they have the best designed phones that are even much better looking than HTC phones except for the HTC One that has a very lovely design.

22. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I'm a Sony user (currently on the ZL) and I have to agree with you. The screen becomes white-ish when viewing at an angle and contrast got obscured. However, I am fine with that factor as long as staring it head on is good especially after the minor update which actually fix the colours. But there is no excuse that the the screen is not the best in the market. Despite this, I am still happy with my ZL.

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Only thing that is wrong with the display is the viewing angles. Seriously nobody looks the display from the sides. Everybody looks straight at it.

25. FlushGordon unregistered

NOPE you're wrong there 1. Blue colors are displayed/rendered as purple/purplish blue 2. Reds and oranges are washed out 3. Not as sharp vs other 1080p flagships 4. it's just flat-out inexcusably DULL

38. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

NOPE actually you are wrong here.

39. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Im a Xperia Z owner , after Update the black looks better and so does the colour overall . The only issue anyone can talk of is the Viewing angles. Dont simply blame a phone. Im using this since 3 months now. No complaints. S4 and One have great displays but when u use all 3 at a time.. u wont really understand differnce except for over saturation on the S4!

35. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Watch the side-by-side comparison of GS4 vs HTC One vs Xperia Z on YouTube. It is clear that: Z takes the lead, One came 2nd and Last but not the least is GS4.

57. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wheres a link to this video?

59. katuss

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

fyi screen comparison

64. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Z did very well, much better than I expected. I think it did slightly better than the One. The S4 was the best in that comparison IMO. Also the S4 wasn't on Movie Mode, which is considered its best mode.

62. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I can't post here. Its on YouTube. Search there.

5. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

STILL no 4.2.2? Dear oh dear Sony...

6. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

No other major manufacturer apart from Samsung has any products updated to 4.2.2 but this is not a reason why we all should have only Samsungs. Particularly considering how small the difference is between 4.1 and 4.2. Though it sounds late, still the Xperia Z will be one of the first devices to sport a 4.2 update apart from either Nexus and Samsung devices.

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