Sony has just published a blog post on their corporate website saying that owners of the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra should be on the lookout for an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Said update will make both devices run smoother, include the latest versions of Sony’s multimedia and messaging applications, and introduce something new called “Xperia Themes”. Sony says they’ll talk more about their this theme engine at a later time and date.
Looking at the Z Ultra specifically, it will get Sony’s Social Cam application. It’s essentially a way for you to auto-upload photos and videos to Facebook. If that sounds dangerous to you, it’s because it is, so use it carefully.
If you don’t own a Z1 or Z Ultra, then don’t worry, because Sony has also detailed when the rest of their portfolio will get updated. The Z, ZL, ZR, and SP will get 4.3 hopefully by the end of this month, if not then December. And as for 4.4 KitKat, that’s only going to come to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1. Sorry for all you mid-range smartphone buyers, it looks like Sony doesn’t care about you.
Why doesn’t Sony update mid-range phones? Because if you’re buying a mid-range Android phone, Sony thinks you probably don’t care about software updates. Aren’t they right to some degree? The only people that really care about being on Android 4.3 instead of Android 4.2 and the kind of people who buy $650 smartphones, no?