Great news for the Sony Xperia Z owners as the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update has started to roll out on certain markets. Just like the Japan-based company has promised, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z started to roll out, and if you are reading this from Austria, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Spain, or Taiwan you will be able to update your smartphone right away.
You might also want to know that, for the time being, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z is available for download through Sony’s PC Companion and that the new firmware update will change the build number to 10.3.A.0.423, which coincides with the update that was recently pushed for the Sony Xperia ZL.
It was reported that the first Sony Xperia Z units that received the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean updates were the C6603 models for Spain and Hong Kong. Even though it wasn’t confirmed yet, the carrier-locked Sony Xperia Z models in Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Taiwan have also received the highly-anticipated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update.
In case you are wondering what the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z is bringing, learn that the new software version packs new version of Sony’s media applications, along with a remote phone location app, support for microSD cards up to 64 GB and a new Functionalities widget. In the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Xperia Z, Sony also integrated a “New Customizable navigation bar with quick settings,” which most likely refers to the Quick Settings area that debuted with the new Android version.
As usual, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z will roll out in phases, and besides the six aforementioned markets, the new firmware will be made available on other countries, as well. The unlocked Sony Xperia Z units will probably be the first in line to get the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update, thus if you purchased your smartphone on contract with a carrier, you may have to wait a couple of weeks.
Even though it was reported that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z is only available for download via Sony PC Companion, it’s worth checking whether it’s available OTA, as well. In order to do so, grab your Sony Xperia Z and head to Settings > About Phone > Software Update, then hit the Check for Updates button. If the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z is available OTA, you will receive a notification asking you to update your phone’s software, and all you will have to do is follow the instructions. Since the firmware update might be pretty big, we are recommending you to connect to a WiFi hotspot while downloading it.
The Sony Xperia Z was officially introduced at CES 2013 in January, then hit the market in February, coming pre-loaded with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, customized with Sony’s proprietary Xperia interface.
Sony Xperia Z sports a 5-inch TFT display with full HD resolution, being both water and dust proof. The smartphone is underpinned by a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The flagship smartphone of the Japanese company also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, expandable using microSD cards.
The Sony Xperia Z is 139 mm tall, 71 mm wide, 7.9 mm thin, weighs 146 grams, and it’s powered by a 2,330 mAh battery.
The connectivity options of the Sony Xperia Z include LTE, HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, microUSB 2.0, and an infra red blaster, the latter one being exclusively available for the Japanese market.
On the back of the smartphone there’s a 13 megapixel camera with full HD video recording capabilities with video stabilization and HDR, plus autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, and sweep panorama. The front-facing camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos, packing a 2.2 megapixel sensor.
Have you update your Sony Xperia Z to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean yet? Please let us know in the comments section below, whether the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for Sony Xperia Z has been made available for your country.