Sony rolls out Android 4.3 update for Xperia Zl, ZL and Tablet Z

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 23 Dec 2013


Over the last week or so, Samsung, Motorola and Verizon have been rolling out major Android updates for some of their best selling and popular devices like the Note 2, Moto G and Galaxy S4. Joining them today is Sony with the Android 4.3 update for the Xperia Z, ZL and the Tablet Z. 

While Sony has taken its own sweet time to update its early 2013 flagship devices to the latest version of Jelly Bean, it has added quite a few enhancements to make up for it.

Below is the full change-log of the update directly from Sony -:

  • Google’s Android 4.3; Jelly Bean as standard – bringing Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience

  • Launched with Xperia Z1, we’re now bringing Sony’s Smart Social Camera to these devices – our signature camera experience, that lets you download, access and enjoy “Xperia camera apps” directly from within the viewfinder

  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few):  Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select and…

  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, offering seamless access to both local and cloud content

  • The launch of our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – more on this soon…

  • The latest Android security enhancements, matched with Sony’s mobile enterprise solution: Xperia in Business

  • Battery STAMINA Mode – updated version of Sony’s power management app, now with refreshed interface and more smart options for prolonging battery life

  • Increased user control for Xperia Tablet Z, with “Restricted Profiles”; option to create isolated, secure spaces with individual local storage, home screens, widgets and settings

The update is being rolled out in phases so it won’t be available immediately for your Xperia device. If you are using a carrier branded device, you will have to wait until the update is certified by your carrier.

Sony will soon be providing details about the Android 4.3 update for other Xperia devices including the Xperia SP.