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The Xperia Z will be first Sony phone to launch with Jelly Bean when it arrives in late February or early March, but out of the box it'll run Android 4.1 rather than the latest version 4.2. While the 4.2 upgrade isn't a big deal for "skinned" Android handsets, some of us like to be on the latest OS version, and in a recent online Q&A session, Sony fielded a question about future 4.2 upgrades for its new flagship device.

The good news is that a 4.2 update is scheduled for shortly after launch, but unfortunately that's as specific as Sony's being with timeframes at this point --

"Xperia Z launches on JB 4.1, but will receive 4.2 shortly after launch. As always, we’ll share more info on this over the coming weeks on the blog."

Unlike the jump from 4.0 to 4.1, Android 4.2's features are mostly UI-specific changes to stock Android, meaning they'll be less visible on a phone that's running a customized version of the OS. Regardless, Sony's commitment to a quick 4.2 upgrade will come as welcome news to fans of the platform. Here's hoping the company can deliver on its pledge of a speedy update.

Source: Sony; via: Ausdroid

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Reader comments

Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.2 'shortly after launch'


I wouldn't blame OEM's for skipping 4.2. First time I've said that about an Android update but it's been nothing but problems for me and the advantages are minor.

I think Sony still makes some of the most high end products. Their quality is superior to most companies and although their cellphone business was very behind the competition they are definitely putting themselves back in the game with this phone.

I feel like shortly is always not short but long, like a couple of months to say the least. I don't get why they just don't have it at 4.2 on release, it makes more sense to give users the latest Jelly Bean for their flagship device.