The Sony Xperia Z is currently the most talked about Android smartphone, even surpassing the Google Nexus 4 which is in the news ever since its launch for all the wrong reasons. However, while Sony’s new droid bragged of everything brand new in terms of technology, it was the operating system that was considered, rather mid-2012’ish. As we all know the current version of Android is Jelly Bean 4.2.1 which is what’s running on the Nexus 4, the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus tablets. But it seems like Sony is hard at work to bring the latest working version of Android to its flagship smartphone shortly after the launch. The company recently held a Q&A session over at Twitter where users asked Sony plenty of questions about the Xperia Z and its features. One of the questions read – “Will Xperia Z receive Android 4.2?” and Sony simply replied by saying – “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.”
So that’s pretty clear confirmation coming right from the horse’s mouth. It will now depend on when exactly is “shortly after launch”. Because as we saw with last year’s Xperia S, it actually had to wait to receive Ice Cream Sandwich until older Sony smartphones received the update. So we hope that doesn’t repeat this year with the Xperia Z and Sony would want to roll out the update around the same time to most of its smartphones. This is very possible as the latest version of Android hardly demands any major changes to the operating system. There are a few UI tweaks which have been added to the mix with Android 4.2, but since Sony has to add its custom skin on top, it usually takes time.
We’re hoping this update takes place before the launch of the smartphone as Sony could then brag of having the latest and greatest version of Android running on the device out of the box. Regardless of this, I don’t think the customers will mind this too much. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is still good enough to power a smartphone, and the sooner Sony launches the smartphone, the better for the company. The MWC event next month is going to be host to plenty of new announcements, so it will be interesting to see how the market reacts when there are multiple flagships out in the open.