Sony Xperia Z Google Edition coming soon?
We have seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One with Vanilla Android just recently, and there have been quite a few rumors spreading about a version of Sony Xperia Z with Vanilla Android aswell. Now it is confirmed, accoring to Androidcentral.
The “Google Edition” Sony Xperia Z should be sold in the U.S. through the Google Play Store later in the year, just like the two other Google Edition phones. Being a “Nexus user experience” phone it’s very likely this new Xperia Z will benefit from speedier system updates, which will be a selling point for the Xpera Z. Sony haven’t been too quick on releasing updates historically.
Xperia Z is Sony’s leading international handset, and it comes with an impressive spec sheet. There’s a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD expandability, a 13-megapixel camera and IP57-rated water and dust-resistance credentials. Like all modern Sony phones the Xperia Z features on-screen keys, which makes it an ideal candidate for Googlification.
Historically, Sony has been a strong supporter of the Android Open Source Project, sharing code back to the open-source repository and even releasing AOSP-based software for certain devices, including the Xperia Z. The release of a “Google Edition” Xperia Z seems a natural next step for the Japanese manufacturer, considering rivals Samsung and HTC are already getting in on the vanilla Android action.