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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

More: Why you shouldn't worry about Android 4.2 updates

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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.

mathiasjk says:

Agree, lockscreen widgets are cool but not very useful.
4.1.2 was far more stable than 4.2

RyanLochte14 says:

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jayefef says:


mathiasjk says:

Agree, lockscreen widgets are cool but not very useful.
4.1.2 was far more stable than 4.2

Don't always says that.... Shortly after launch for them means 6months.

FreudSlipped says:

I have an aversion to Sony products. Their rootkit debacle put them on my Do Not Trust list.

Furkan Cem says:

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.

jamal_adam says:

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.

Mobius360 says:


Problem is it will delay the launch of the phone.

jayefef says:

We've heard that before. "Shortly after launch" means from time of launch to 8 months I guess.

Please sign these petitions. One if for Sony to distribute the Xperia Z to all the carriers and the second is for Sprint to get the Xperia Z

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Thank you