Rumours this week surfaced that Sony Mobile may be planning to launch a stock Android version of the Xperia Z. We have already seen a ‘Google Edition’ announced for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, so it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to learn of the Nexus treatment for Sony’s flagship too.
Sony has released AOSP projects for a number of its phones including the Xperia S, Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, therefore much of the groundwork has probably already taken place. Both Android Geeks and Android Central have confirmed these reports with their own sources. No release date has been given, but Android Geeks said the handset would be announced in July.
Whilst on paper this sounds like a dream come true for many Xperia fans, we imagine that availability would be limited to the Google Play Store in the United States only. It also may signal a shift away from Nexus devices, but bringing that experience and faster updates to a wider range of handsets.
Would you be interested in a ‘Nexus’ Xperia Z? A stock experience would likely mean that you would forego a number of Sony features including Bravia Engine, Superior Auto in the camera etc but would that bother you? Would the faster software update schedule override all other concerns? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
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