Xperia ZL’s 10.3.1.A.2.67 update now rolling; Germany and US get first dibs

by XB on 20th September 2013

in Firmware, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

2013-09-20 16.20.08The new Android 4.2.2 firmware version for the Xperia ZL is now rolling out to select regions including Germany, Middle East and Singapore (C6503 LTE handsets) and the US (C6506 LTE handsets). Firmware build 10.3.1.A.2.67 has already appeared on the Xperia ZR and Sony yesterday mentioned that this same update is expected to hit the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Tablet Z. The update is expected to bring “display, camera, battery fixes & performance tweaks”.

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  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    Waiting patiently for my C6502.

  • Naail Zahid

    Does anyone know if this update actually fixes the image processing software issue that is present in all Z phones (ZR, ZL, ZU, and Z)?

  • Tobias Hedlund

    Any improvement in the camera or screen?

  • ImAnurag

    Nope :/ didn’t find anything like that.

  • abhishek

    I own a zl and i am proud to recieve updates before z :p

  • Naail

    When you say you didn’t find anything like that do you mean you don’t see improvements or that you assume your phone isn’t plagued with this issue?
    Because I assure you the Z phones all suffer from a camera compression issue, and you can see that if you actually zoom in on the pictures you take. Compare them to any of Sony’s older phones (TX comes to mind) and you will see horrible noise and loss of detail.

  • sj8023ld

    Xperia Z get the update too .More info click

  • Ashraf Nabil

    Does it handle ear volume issue, charging issue, mic issue

  • falesh

    anyone with the update can you plz check and let us know whether X-Reality is present in the update

  • Mac

    maybe a bit off topic bud uhm, I don’t see why the xperia ZL owners can’t get the qx10/qx100 slim case like the Z n Z1.?

  • themanspirit

    Took two attempts to update successfully.
    First attempt I got an error:

    ‘Unable to install software updates on your computer.
    Sony Update Engine could not be installed (error 0x8004f002)’
    Followed the instructions by manually installing Sony Update Engine using supplied link.
    Second attempt successful.
    Cheers Sony Mobile!!

    Only had my C6503 now for six weeks.
    And in that time its been updated twice.
    Keep up the great work Sony Mobile!!

  • themanspirit

    Looking in Settings/Display/
    I only see Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2.

  • Ayman F. Herzallah

    just updated my C6503 (from Saudi Arabia), note that when I checked from the phone itself it didn’t show any update available, so I had to check from PC Companion and it worked! :D But so far I don’t notice any change in display and camera, and the performance is already great so noticeable improvement too, as for the battery I have to wait till I recharge my phone again..


    i don’t think the heavy image processing software issue will be fix any time as Sony wanted this way. Else no one else would buy their camera.
    That’s why they recently release the QX100 and QX10, they just intend to earn more money from products. You’ll see Z1 photo also have the heavy processing, but thanks to the 20 megapixel, it still look decent compare to competitors phones, but still heavy image processing is there.

  • APai

    I think they nailed the compression artefacts only in the Z1 with a new algorithm. sadly samsung and apple have better software that spits out decent results than sony (ironically with sony sensor!!!)

  • Ben

    I also own a ZL. I’m proud that it is still the most compact phone with 5 inch display.

  • falesh

    Then Sony neither gave white System UI nor X-Reality then what is this update for…no noticable change????

  • dolopar

    So still no updates for India(C6502)??

  • themanspirit

    Until Sony Mobile release the changelog, your guess is as good as mine.
    But I have noticed no changes to what is White, and what is Black in the UI.
    I only expected what they tweeted: display, camera, battery fixes & performance tweaks

    Bug fixes, rather than UI changes.

    Personally, if Sony are considering giving us the UI in All White, then I hope they include the option to choose either All White UI, or All Black UI.
    I’m not a fan of the White UI.
    For me it jars switching to and from one to the other.
    IMHO the choice of being able to apply one or the other would be great for everyone.

    If it wasn’t for Sony Mobile’s frequent updates, I would have rooted my ZL by now, and applied the stunning Dark Theme by eXistenZ:

    [ROM][ROOTED][CWM][LB[UB] eXistenZ v1 | Black Edition | 4.2.2 | 10.3.A.0.423

  • falesh

    See in the case of Ultra it has white system UI..and it looks better than black UI…and Sony said smewhere that it will be giving similar updates to Z-series(Z,ZL,ZR)

  • falesh

    Nothing Yet….

  • Sindital

    Because the ZL has a different formfactor, both the size and shape of the phones backsides are different. I would’ve loved an official ZL shell and pop a QX10 on it

  • Mac

    well yea but it’s still a flagship phone like the Z. And the Z and Z1 doesn’t have the same sizes either. If I can get that slim one for ZL then that’s my next phone since Sony not want to put no IR blaster in any other than that one.. sigh

  • themanspirit

    Well, there’s your answer.
    This update is as they tweeted, as has been widely reported.
    The UI update you seek is surely to come then, as this isn’t the last update ZL will receive.

    Regarding this update.
    I’ve noticed the battery level percentage in the status bar remains accurate after powering up the ZL.
    Whereas before the update it would inaccurately increase the battery level percentage when powered up.
    Thanks Sony Mobile.

  • themanspirit

    I think you misunderstand.
    Because ZL has a curved back rather than a flat back.
    It doesn’t allow those accessories to securely clamp to it.
    That’s why the Z and Z1 can use it.
    Likewise even the iPhone 4/4S/5/5S.

  • Sandeep S

    Check dis out!! Updated on my ZR…

  • falesh

    India Anyone…..???

  • ryanrudolf

    I just updated mine to the latest, I noticed the Album, Walkman and Video apps are not updated, compared to the OTA update we received weeks ago. Anyone experienced the same? I have performed factory reset after the update to clear everything out.

  • falesh

    Downloading update now…India ZL 6502

  • ZLIndia

    Now the update is seed in India for c6502

  • Mac

    I see, but it wouldn’t be that hard to make another slim case that is just slightly bigger, maybe with a mix of both hard plastic and tpu in some cool colors

  • falesh

    No noticeable change..all same

  • falesh

    Can anyone confirm the STAMINA mode for ZL 6502 is there any change in total time?

  • Anzilleo Kristello Mozihim

    C6502 is up.

  • indra wardhana

    Im a zl user from indonesia, my phone just been updated half an hour ago, and this latest update easily noticable by its great RAM management

  • ZLIndia

    No improvement !!!

  • ZLIndia

    Volume issue seems to be solved using it for 3 days with no problem, Charge % is more precise and didn’t have any mic issue from the start

  • ZLIndia

    This case will be better if want to qx10x, boxy design holds more grip for the lens

  • Rafael Faria

    Is your phone in root mode? Sony wont let you update your phone if it is on root mode.

  • Arian Rivers

    I noticed the estimated time for my ZL is less than before, now with 100% Charge, it shows only 2 days compare to before it was 3 or moew

  • Arian Rivers

    after update? for my ZL it just gives me 2 days :( with 100% charge

  • Eddie

    Clear the data on Extended standby mode then restart the phone and turn on Stamina mode again, Mine also said 2 days and jumped back up to 4 days.
    You have to do clear the data often I find.

  • Arian Rivers

    Do you mean Factory reset by that? Or something else? thank you :)

  • falesh

    Go to settings
    Swipe right to all apps and scroll down and tap on Eco mode controller
    Tap on Force Stop and then Clear Data(Remember the order)
    after that restart the device then u will get Right time.
    gud luck :-)

  • silverbios

    plz help me!
    i cant find dl link this fw for c6503 :(((

  • falesh

    Y r u not updating via PC companion or SUS?

  • Bernard Wong

    Maybe the Japanese don’t understand written English..

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