Sony have announced this morning that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update has now started rolling out to the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Ultra. This fits in with the schedule that Sony had told us about before but as always, this update is for unbranded devices so network sourced phones will be have to wait longer.

According to Sony they have been “working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create some cool user experiences – in addition to a few performance tweaks here & there”

Here’s an overview of what to expect from Sony:

  • Google’s Android 4.3; Jelly Bean as standard – bringing Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience
  • Launched with Xperia Z1, we’re now bringing Sony’s Smart Social Camera to Xperia Z Ultra – our signature camera experience, that lets you download, access and enjoy “Xperia camera apps” directly from within the viewfinder
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select and…
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, offering seamless access to both local and cloud content
  • The launch of our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – more on this soon…
  • The latest Android security enhancements, matched with Sony’s mobile enterprise solution: Xperia in Business


Sony has also said that updates to their other devices are on track to be released soon and more details will follow. We fired up our Z1 this morning to check for the update but there’s so sign of it so far.





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