Sony re-adds Lollipop as next Android version in support pages for Z series

by XB on 28th February 2015

in Android, Firmware


Lollipop graphicBack in October 2014, Sony added “Android 5.0 (Lollipop)” as the next major Android version in the support pages for all of the Sony Xperia Z series. However, shortly after, Sony pulled the graphic. Well, it is now back again, this time with a sweet Android holding a Lollipop. Could the timing of its re-introduction signify that Sony is about to pull the trigger on the Lollipop update? Wishful thinking perhaps, but with radio silence from Sony on timing we’ll grab anything we can at this stage.

Sony initially added Lollipop as the ‘next version’ last October, before pulling the entire overview…

xperiazr

… it is now back with Android Lollipop confirmed as the next update for the entire Xperia Z series

xperiazr_Lollipop graphic

Thanks François and walaspancha!

  • Shaktimaan

    ZR still getting updates and the SP was abandoned, just because it didn’t have a Z in it’s name :p

  • Sweggity

    Does it even matter? Does any of this matter?

  • Sweggity

    Welcome to Sony

  • xperia

    Fuuuuuuuuuccckkkk yyyooooouuuuuuuuuu sooooonnnnnyyyyyyy

  • Mark

    I think it’s because The sp has a dual core and a 1 gb of ram while the zr has quad core and 2 gb of ram

  • so where

    I’m already set on grabbing the s6 OR m9. Probably the s6.

  • shhh

    It’s already March here. Gonna need an official statement from Sony otherwise they’re gonna bombard every XB post.

  • Sweggity

    My heartiest congratulations to u. The best decision u r making.

  • ARKGT

    Due date MWC

  • Robson Kanyama

    You’re right

  • Robson Kanyama

    This is one of the reasons why Sony keeps losing market shares.
    Sony make your calendar up-to-date…..or maybe in your world it’s still February?

  • mountain

    Then can you explain why all major chinese brands who are not getting updates are gaining market shares, whereas every other brands who are delivering their updates are losing?

  • timel2

    Sony is the best

  • Yan Qin

    At least they don’t make promise they can’t achieve

  • Robson Kanyama

    They’re gaining because they know how to treat their customers and they’ve better marketing strategies.
    Personally am a die hard fun of Sony
    #Sony-4-life

  • Stephen Lane

    Maybe they play to release lollipop for the entire z series at the same time!

  • mememe

    It does

  • OmegaStar

    still wondering.. s6 or z4.. maybe z4 because touchwiz xD

  • Guest

    our initiative to bring #Android 5.0 Lollipop to the entire Xperia Z Series – starting globally from next month”— Sony Xperia News (@SonyMobileNews) January 6, 2015

  • Emil Oskarsson

    What the heck is wrong with you? Do you think Samsung updates their mid rangers? God dammit…..

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Hopefully it is well tested before release, don’t want anything half made and buggy like you get from Samsung :)

  • 9beat7

    Is this count as a promise?

  • Carls Alvin

    LOL Samsung?… please men…

  • roeshak

    My best guess is roll out to z3 series should begin a week or so after mwc. Maybe even end of next week. Z2 series will follow later in March. As for the rest, from April /may onwards.
    Having just watched the first hands on video of the m9 ahead of its mwc unveiling tomorrow, all I can say is they’re all making it easy too easy for Apple and Samsung to reassert their dominance once again!

  • Sam Albalushi

    yeah zr

  • SP

    I have only one word, a letter and a number for you: Xperia E1. It was a delibrate decision. Not because of it not being able to handle it. It’s OK actually but they should have apologized at least.

  • mark

    Think about which language u speak . U gonna be banned !!!!!!!!

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    If the renders and leaks are to be true… The S6 has some real design questions taken from the iPhone 6 and the Xperia Z line. Their aluminum frame is almost exactly like the iPhone 6. Same speaker placement just with an added role above. It’s a glass an aluminum sandwich which is obviously from Sony. But the cherry on top? The device might not even come with a removable back or micro SD slot. Samsung is going full Apple!

  • Timel2

    Me and my gf

  • 5u5m1t

    After the first few weeks the excitement of the changes in Lollipop will wear off. I will appreciate if Sony give an update which is flawless and bug less more than if they deliver it quickly.

  • Rodney

    Last day of Feb. No lollipop on my Z3. So much for early Feb, so much for ‘rollout starting next month’. You didn’t keep your promise again Sony. Disappointed.

  • Sony keep yourself busy with updates where you are already late. Companies like Huawei might launch the next Nexus smartphone! Delayed updates and a desire to see a Sony Nexus smartphone will only annoy Sony fans.

    http://smartphonetechie.com/huawei-might-manufacture-the-next-nexus-smartphone/

  • yuskhayru

    enjoy your life dude, android update isnt everything. =)

  • beakster57

    I’m in no hurry for lollipop, apart from virtually bricking my nexus 7, I think the material design looks like a step backwards. I for one will let the early adaptors test this and will hold off until I get sick of the update notification before I ruin my z3 with it. You have been warned!!

  • xperia

    Haha i dont have account.. And why to be banned? If sony fucks us… Why not fuck sony???? Where is lollipop? ” starting next month” = february. So… FUCK YOU SONY!!

  • Amir

    I don’t give you more then 10 years of age for how you write.

  • Timel

    LoL

    WTF hahahaha

  • shubham

    i really think sony should have never made sp! such a pain that phone is for us(readers) at xperia blog! every darn update comes and they start whinning!

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    It counts as an initiative and not a promise,

  • Eduardo Otero

    It was just an initiative, not a promise, can you understand that??

  • xperia

    Ohh sorry… Im not so smart like you… Fuck you… I bet you did macaroni hole … You are to smart for this earth… SUCK MY LOLLIPOP! Fucking terrorist.

  • Amir

    Haha say what? you’re laughable at best, spoiled brat, your mama didn’t spank you hard enough i guess.

  • howij

    They will make like sp i know

  • Devashish Shukla

    PUSH LOLLIPOP UPDATE WHY THEY ARE UPDATING THEIR PAGE

  • xperia

    :))))) hahaha this is good :)))………. You bored me……

  • mUSICA

    after mwc update will roll out i guess

  • GraphiteEdge

    Glass and aluminum sandwich has been done forever, see iPhone 4. It’s not really a Sony innovation…

  • Kevin Rodriguez

    Plot Twist: Sony just releases Z4 tablet during MWC and announces a mistake they’ve done while texting “Beginning of 2015”, and it was supposed to be “End of 2015”.

  • iX0

    Z users joined the club. Didn’t you hear? Hahaha. It’s really nice to see them in the same situation and to see Sony going down. Their flagship hit the iceberg haard. xo

  • Rick N

    people still complain so much for >2years old phone

  • Fadi Obaya

    Seems like SONY failed their promise. That’s it. No more SONY phones after Z ultra. They can suck my twat for this!!!

  • gosbiker

    Sony said a few weeks ago that due to lollipop bugs and issues with coding it had reschedualed the rollout to a penciled in March for Z3 and Z2 and April for Z1 and Z series.. But that will depend on testing and I’d rather have a good kitkat than a buggy lollipop that other phone users have got.

  • Billy de Fretes

    do you even own xperia phones?

  • Fadi Obaya

    They never said so. All they did say was that it would released early this year, and then later on they said on February. Now what? End of december?

  • Snorky112

    gosbiker is right dude

  • Snorky112

    I dont think they care about you lol

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Oh I know that. But Sony is the only current flagship to really stick with those materials. Rather stubbornly too I might add

  • GraphiteEdge

    I suppose this is true, in terms of the big names, but companies like Huawei are still using glass sandwich in many of their high end. I would prefer a metallic back, or even soft touch plastic on my z2 really.

  • Dido

    My opinion is take your time and deliver us a bug-free update. I’m satisfied with 4.4 kitkat on my Z Ultra. At the end of the day I want a bug-free android not the latest making problems version.

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I agree 100% work a metallic back. But if Sony sticks with glass for the backing of the Z4, which I’m pretty sure they will, at least go with a Sapphire glass and oleophobic coating on both sides. Or do what Huawei did, release a regular version and a higher priced Sapphire glass version that way they don’t force people into paying more if they don’t want it.

  • ShaunTheSheep

    An initiative? Sure you’re using the right word there, buddy?

  • ShaunTheSheep

    Think the caps lock key is broken…either that or you enjoy shouting!

  • GraphiteEdge

    Mmm, yes I like that idea of using better glass on the back, but once you start making versions and changing things like the type of back you will decrease your profits as you have to make too many phones with variations. You want as few versions as possible, because whatever version is less popular will loose them money as nobody buys it. Average buyers will pay no attention tot he type of glass used on the back. If you have ever used a z2 tablet, the back they have on that is much nicer in the hand and it’s soft touch plastic.

  • gosbiker
  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    I really don’t understand why people want Lollipop so bad. My Nexus 7 (2013) is a shadow of what it was with Lollipop. KitKat was far better.
    I didn’t got 5.0, 5.0.1 was crap and 5.0.2 isn’t as good as KitKat.

  • amauri

    Xperia care is now closed for maintenance… I wonder why…

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    I haven’t used the Z2 tablet, but I do have a Z Tablet and Xperia SP. Both using a maybe finish. And it does feel good, especially on the SP, enough so that it doesn’t feel like a midrange device in hand. But the scratches to catch easily and stick out pretty bad

  • Jeff Martinez

    Anytime now Sony

  • Nguy?n T?n L?c

    Everyone would have wanted that only if Sony be more transparent on the update schedule and only if the update come out bugless but I seriously doubt that base on Sony’s past update: late but still buggy.

  • Ritwij

    No, it’s because Sony wasn’t willing to spend money on updating SP because they’re already bankrupt.

  • Ritwij

    Which is why they’re going bankrupt

  • shubham

    why was that haha even necessary? it didn’t make me laugh anyway.. let me get this straight.. i mentioned readers if you can see! not z users! i’m reader here and it becomes really annoying when people bring in that topic of sp for every update or even new device launches! god they can’t move on.. can they! crying nuts!

  • Amimanot

    *Activates wishful thinking* Chill, chill… It’s not even March yet in some places. Sony would probably unleash lollipop at 11:59 PM (GMT -11)

  • rus_media

    So, you mean leg Timel is Tilem2 and hand Timel is the Timel…

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    A well that’s what i read in the tweet

  • Gutt Grinder

    Sony?

    Updates?

    Hahaha.. I have second thoughts about this. I still cant forget on what they did on my Xperia V. The camera sound bug has been ignored and will never be fix after I updated it to version 4.3. My xperia V’s only purpose now as my ingress weapon of choice since its small and water resistant.. LOL

    Im now using Xperia Z2 and I don’t want a buggy update that will surely mess my phone.. I’ll be better of waiting for a flawless update rather than a buggy one or I will never update the phone instead.. :D

  • juanjio

    I don’t want Lollipop on my Z3 Compact. I upgrade my phones twice a year, so presumably whatever I buy in the next few weeks will have the latest software.

    Z3C is getting old now.

  • Juanjio

    SP, lol,

  • SilentPlease

    If making ruckus entertains you, then do so until you’re bored O:)

  • a.hamameh

    Eat Snickers and you will feel better.
    The update will come next Wednesday after they launch the new Z4 series.
    It’s only couple days and it will be better than Samsung and HTC UI just think in your brain before saying any stupid thing.

  • a.hamameh

    I think the update will launch this Wednesday after Sony launchs the new Z4 series.
    At least it will be better than others.

  • Jumbo

    Actually that is all Timel himself, since he has so much time on hand..

  • xperia

    Noooo.. Im NOT own xperia z3….

  • didier

    Buy a Samsung or HTC phone now. You’ll be thankful you did.

  • Yan Qin

    I meant Chinese companies didn’t make promise.

  • Pawel Leszczynski

    I will have sold my z3 by then hopefully.
    Never had I thought that I’d be getting rid of a smartphone because of poor software support and non existing development community but it turns out it’s more important to me that I thought.
    Bye Sony, well done!

  • Pawel Leszczynski

    That’s precisely what I heard. Vague ‘early 2015’ and than a specific ‘rollout beginning in February’.

    I have yet to see a bugless update from any OEM so as far as I know it’s just a very poor excuse for not delivering on promise.

  • SoonerOrLater

    Problem here is that Sony gave too optimistic schedule for lollipop update.

  • a.hamameh

    Really
    Which company has a better support? Samsung?
    They have just destroyed that stupid S5 with there last update the phone now is hell slow and tge battery won’t stay for 10 hours
    You have the best camera the best ui the best battery what do you want more?

  • Hendrik We

    Here in Germany the big discounter ALDI sold the Z1 Compact – and that is what has been printed on the package:

    Update to Android 5.0 at the end of the first quartier 2015

  • Peter

    So maybe this could be the release time for Z Z1 series, for Z2 Z3 a little bit earlier then

  • SM

    well they can add & re add lollipop for z series but nothing no care for other series… not fair

  • Pawel Leszczynski

    Samsung is better actually yes. More importantly you can usually flash a perfectly usable leaked ROM much much earlier than official OTA which by the way is still out months before Sony.
    I’m actually going to give Oneplus a go, a bit bored of Samsung and m8 doesn’t have big enough screen to body ratio for my liking.

  • a.hamameh

    Leaked rom with nothing new.
    I suggest you to see the new iPhone by Samsung.
    They used Sony camera sensor by the way which means Sony stills better.
    Just wait the new update this Wednesday (as I think) then tell me about the result.

  • mrjraider

    It is lame.. Really lame.. Why did they fuck the SP up? Why… But I know my next phone will be an S6 :)

  • zany

    That’s nice. Where did you learn that language buddy? Lol

  • Ajmal Roshan

    Yes bro. At least, a news statement would suffice.

  • Ajmal Roshan

    Funny. Isnt it?

  • Ajmal Roshan

    That’s the duplicate of iphone. I rather would prefer the original. Lolz

  • Ajmal Roshan

    That’s the wisest decision you are taking in your lifetime.

  • Ajmal Roshan

    I never saw an update on Samsung mid ranger. Not even a bug fixing one.

  • Pawel Leszczynski

    Wait so you’ve got one to know there is ‘nothing new’? And if so why keep buying Samsung then?
    I’ve seen the announcements thanks.
    You’re just another one of those that need to have a favourite brand that’s better because everything else is shit.
    Personally I gave Sony a go and not enjoying myself therefore I’m switching.

  • a.hamameh

    I’m not a Sony fan.
    I just like new technologies not stolen one like Samsung company.
    I like when a company come up with new stuffs new improvement new useful things not like a stupid touchwiz for nothing.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Well that’s basically my point! :)

  • raju

    When starts mwc?

  • Ravi _111

    Anyone get it lollipop z3

  • Jaissal S

    There should have been a ZP which has a LED strip like the S/SP before it. Only issue would be making the device waterproof right?

  • Maurice Bremer

    I actually dont think You Will see man Roms for the s6, exynos do still not have sources pushed? Wasnt that the problem of the i9500? :P

  • Pawel Leszczynski

    I know I was thinking that too. Not sure why they opted for exynos only version. And no SD slot. And no user replaceable battery. And a glass back which really worries me on my z3…
    I had the i9505 and that had a snapdragon 600 so not sure what the dev support for i9500 was like.

  • Keshav Jha

    When exactly lollipop is coming in xperia Z3 compact

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