The Google I/O 2013 event brought us the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition in mid May, then, two weeks later, the HTC One Google Edition was officially announced. While the Nexus 5 and the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean were the big absents of the Google I/O conference, the Mountain View-based giant probably wanted to sweeten our wait with two flagship devices that provide a Nexus-like user experience.

It looks though that the search engine giant will not stop here, as it will team-up with Sony in order to develop a Google Edition of the highly-appreciated Xperia Z flagship smartphone. A Sony insider who wanted to remain anonymous has confirmed for us that the two companies will soon launch an Xperia Z Google Edition. Even though he couldn't confirm the exact release date of the Sony Xperia Z Google Edition, he said that the smartphone will be announced sometime in July.

As you probably know Sony has initiated an Android Open Source Project for the Xperia Z, thus installing stock Android on the Sony flagship is currently possible. But the AOSP for Sony Xperia Z might give a lot of headaches for the regular users, so the Japan-based phone maker thought that launching a smartphone that comes pre-loaded with stock Android would be warmly welcomed by the customers.

Moreover, the Sony Xperia Z models running AOSP aren't receiving the latest Android firmware updates like the members of the Nexus family and with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Editions.

The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will most likely come pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, unless Google changes its mind and launches Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the time the handset is officially announced. Of course, the Xperia Z Google Edition will be part of the the same update schedule that includes the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, HTC One Google Edition, and the members of the Nexus tribe.

Since the Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will share the same strategy with Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition, the smartphone will be sold only through Google Play Store and it will be available exclusively for the US market. The handset will most likely be compatible with the LTE networks of AT&T and T-Mobile courtesy of the 4G chip integrated on the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that underpins the terminal.

The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will be developed on the same hardware platform of the original Xperia Z. The Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will boast the same 5-inch TFT display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels covered by a shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass. It will also come with IP57 cretification - dust and water resistant, being water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.

Sony Xperia Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with four Krait cores clocked at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU. The smartphone also comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage expandable using a microSD card of up to 64 GB.

The connectivity features of the Sony Xperia Z are worthy of a modern smartphone and they include HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC chip, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, NFC chip, and IR blaster. Since the infrared port has been disabled for both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Edition, we aren't expecting the Xperia Z Google Edition to sport this feature. Anyway, the infrared support can be restored with a simple mod.

Just like the original Sony Xperia Z, the Google Edition will sport a 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama, and full HD video recording capabilities, and probably Photo Sphere.

As I was mentioning above, the Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will be available for purchase in Play Store, and the water and dust proof smartphone will probably receive a price tag of $599.

Are you excited about a Sony Xperia Z Google Edition? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Ralph23 · 6 years ago

It interests me to know that OEMs consider to team up with Google to provide a Google edition flagship phones. I just hope that all Android devices in the future will just use the stock Android version and stop using their own customized skins because they will be able to provide the consumers the latest version of Android plus it might be the key to having a lag free device since there will be no heavy launchers and bloatwares to come out of the box. Pure Android experience is never a bad thing for me. As long as I will be able to use all the features and maximize everything that come with it without having to wait for a long time for an update from Google will be enough. The faster the device, the better rather than the more good looking the launcher is, the more lag I will experience on my device. :)

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beebake · 6 years ago

yes definitely..i was planning to buy sxz but as soon as i heard this news on your site i would like to wait for the new edition.............and lot of people has this dissatifaction about not upgrading to 4.2.2 jellybean when i read the user opinion...i think sony flagship has listened to consumer opinion properly and taken seriously.......

Aditya Saini · 6 years ago

The device would be an Awesome piece of hard work by the company and will surely compete with those, which are already out by the rivals. This flagship of the company will surely be a hit and the product will just huge likes as soon as it will be launched !!

Steve · 6 years ago

I think conceptually it's great to have all these Google Edition devices, but when will people be able to get them on contract so they are on equal pricing to the original version of the device. Paying $600 up front will scare off a lot of people for obvious reasons. People can use them on T-Mobile with their no contract pricing to get a "discount" on their service compared to the other carrier's monthly pricing which includes the service plus the phone subsidy costs. Still, I think the shock of $600 will scare off users.

Makiz · 6 years ago

I just shit my pants!! :D

Sagi · 6 years ago

What about giving the possibility to change for a current users like me ? Could I be able to change the version from Sony bridge over the pc or something like that? I want that!

jag · 6 years ago

maybe a simple root and flash can do the trick

Mark Rodriguez · 6 years ago

Must admit, the xperia z is a pretty nifty little device and the fact that it's waterproof is definitely a plus. Just not sure how Sony can deal with Samsung and apple in the long run given their market dominance. In the interests of the consumer I hope Sony can battle back into contention and provide some real competition to the top dogs.

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