Sony might not be the quickest to update its devices, but when a new version of Android arrives on the first batch of Sony handsets, the company doesn’t waste time adding more and more names to the list of updated devices. It’s happening again with the Android 4.3 update – after updating the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra to 4.3 a week ago, Sony has begun rolling out the update to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZL, and the Xperia Tablet Z.
As with the Xperia Z and Z Ultra update, the features and changes include faster performance, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and OpenGL 3.0 support, improved accessibility, new versions of numerous Sony apps including messaging, MyXperia, TrackID, Small Apps, WALKMAN and others, a new Smart Social camera app, and a custom “Xperia Themes” feature which allows users to change the look of the UI via downloading theme packs. There’s also an updated version of Sony’s STAMINA mode for improved battery life, and the Xperia Tablet Z gains the option of restricted user profiles, a feature that’s exclusive to tablets.
The update is rolling out over the air right now, though as always it will be a few days before it reaches everyone. Carrier variants will likely have to wait much longer than the unlocked international models, though the rollout should complete at least before the end of January, after which shall begin the wait for Android 4.4 KitKat.