It seems that Sony Xperia lineup will be the first non-Google devices to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Latest reports indicate that Sony is lining up its Xperia devices for the Android 4.3 update, even though smartphones and tablets of other manufacturers are still busy getting the Android 4.2 update.
Google recently updated its mobile operating system and announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Even though the search-engine giant was expected to unveil this new version of Android at Google I/O this year, but the company has finally pulled up the curtain now.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will soon be rolled out for Google Nexus devices including the original Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Nexus smartphones. Soon after Nexus lineup, Sony wants to capitalize on it. In a press event on Thursday, the company has given out a long list of devices that will receive the Android 4.3 update soon. The list includes the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, and Xperia Z Ultra.
Although the update has been confirmed, but there’s no availability date confirmed yet. So Xperia consumers might have to wait for some time before they get their hands on it. Likewise, the company is also busy rolling out the Android 4.2 update for devices like the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, which adds to the fact that the Android 4.3 update might take some time.
Currently, Sony is working on the Android 4.2 update for the Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z that will be rolled out in August. Though Sony has also plans to skip the Android 4.2 update (as Samsung) for a number of devices and directly opt for Android 4.3 instead.
Sony has accepted the irregularities in OS updates honestly and promised to do better this time. “We’re aware the process hasn’t been as succinct or as timely as you might’ve expected. As part of Developer World’s piece, Fredrik Ekstrand, our Head of Software Product Management, elaborates on some of the reasons for this, but essentially we’ve heard your frustrations and are constantly improving the way we do things,” Sony said in its press release.
Android 4.3 is not a major overhaul of the operating system and comes with very few new features, but addresses an critical vulnerability known “Master Key” bug that allow attackers to remotely perform several operations, to take complete control of the device.