Dec 23 AT 12:11 PM Alex Wagner 72 Comments

Sony rolling Android 4.3 updates out to Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z


Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra’s updates to Android 4.3, Sony announced today that it has begun rolling the freshest version of Jelly Bean out to even more of its Xperia handsets. The latest batch of update recipients includes the Xperia Z, the Xperia ZL, the Xperia ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z.

Just as with the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, the Android 4.3 update for this Xperia quartet includes Sony’s Smart Social Camera, which offers special camera apps like the ability to stream live video to Facebook as well as Timeshift Burst, an app that can snap 61 photos in 2 seconds. Also included with the updates are refreshed versions of all of Sony’s native apps, including Messaging, MyXperia, Small Apps and its WALKMAN, Album and Movies entertainment apps. The final app update is for the Battery STAMINA Mode, which has received an updated interface and more options for extending battery life.

Sony says that it’s also added its new Xperia Themes custom user interface experience with this batch of updates. The company isn’t saying much about Xperia Themes quite yet, only revealing that it’ll allow users to download UI packs through the Sony Select app, but it promises that more details will be released soon.

As with most over the air updates, Sony says that availability of the Android 4.3 bump for the Xperia Z and its friends will vary by location and carrier. Still, it’s good to know that the Android 4.3 rollout for these four devices is getting underway. It’s also worth noting that the Xperia Z, ZL, and Tablet Z have updates to Android 4.4 coming their way as well. There’s no word yet on when those updates are expected to arrive, but hey, at least owners of those devices are now receiving a bump up to Android 4.3 that ought to help make the wait for KitKat go by a little quicker.

Source: Sony

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