Official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean for Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z Rolls Out on Dec 19?

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By Ryan Inoyori | December 18, 2013 4:44 PM EST

Sony Xperia Z may receive its official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on Dec 19, 2013, based on the support page screenshot of the smartphone. If that's true, Xperia Z will get firmware build 10.4.B.0.569 designed for Xperia ZL, ZR and Tablet Z.

Mistaken Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?

Xperia Blog captured Android 4.3 Jelly Bean scheduled release date on Dec 19 this year based on Sony's official software update Web page of Xperia Z smartphone. It features the firmware build version 10.4.B.0.569 that was certified by PTCRB on Dec 16, 2013.

However, the official Sony Xperia Z software update page has been edited again by Sony, and this time, viewers will see Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with 10.3.1.A.2.67 firmware build released on Sept 23.

It is interesting that Sony may have made a mistake on its Web site with expected rollout date but can also mean something - a possible delay of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean release. Either way, the bottom line is the Xperia Z will get the new firmware soon after the Xperia Z1 and the Z Ultra.

Build 10.4.B.0.569

The captured image by Xperia Blog of firmware build 10.4.B.0.569 runns Android 4.3 Jelly Bean which was certified by PTRCB recently for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z. The following are the Xperia models getting the newly certified firmware build:

-          Xperia Z: C6602, C6603, C6606

-          Xperia ZL: C6502, C6503, C6506

-          Xperia ZR: C5502, C5503

-          Xperia Tablet Z: SGP321.

XDA developers forum member Androxyde made the firmware available for anyone interested to update their Xperia Z C6603 and Xperia ZL C6503 to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean based on official software by Sony.

Sony Rolls Out Android 4.3

Right now, Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra owners are initially receiving their official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with build version 14.2.A.0.290 and the same kernel version 3.4. The following are several updates and changes that may also appear in Xperia Z, ZL and Tablet Z before Christmas Day:

1.      Sony native apps improved: Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, track ID and Sony Select

2.      New Xperia Themes for custom user interface downloadable packs from Sony Select

3.      Smart Social Camera now delivered to Xperia Z Ultra

4.      Android 4.3 native features including Project Butter.

Android 4.3 for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra is now available for download using a computer via Sony PC Companion and possibly with Bridge for Mac as well.

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