Sony has confirmed that the latest version of Google’s Android OS – Android 4.3, will soon be available on its line of Xperia devices, including the Tablet Z.
In the past, Sony has been criticized for being slow off the mark when it comes to releasing OS upgrades. Even Android 4.2 is still being rolled out to Sony devices. This isn’t due to appear on the Tablet Z until the start of August.
However, it appears that Sony is keen to address its tardiness and sharpen up its schedule for the sake of its customers. The company’s clearly cottoned on to the fact that buyers want their OS to be up to date.
In a press release, Sony says some of its smartphones and tablets will still get the upgrade to Android 4.2 as planned, but others will skip right to Android 4.3 in the interest of getting everyone up to date. It didn’t say which devices would be put in the fast lane and which ones would be upgraded later. However, we do know that the Xperia Z, ZR, ZL, SP and Z Ultra will all be getting 4.3 at some stage. There is no indication whether the Tablet S will get the update at all, though.
The announcement from Sony is clearly linked to Google’s Nexus 7 announcement, as well as the release of Android 4.3. Sony is probably feeling the heat of refreshed competition, which can only be good for consumers. Let’s hope this marks a turning point.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean includes a host of new features, including multi-user support with optional parental controls to filter out adult content. Bluetooth Smart technology and Open GL are supported, and Netflix 1080p HD streaming is also enabled.
Got a Sony device? The exact release schedule for OS updates has yet to be confirmed, but Sony says it’s putting the wheels in motion.