The Mountain View-based giant is on a streak of updating their Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets to Android 5.1 Lollipop. After the new maintenance release has been made available for the likes of Moto G, LG G Pad 8.3, HTC One M7 and One M8, now we hear that Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition is getting some Android 5.1 love.

The build is LMY47D and the update arrives with the Android 5.1-specific goodies. You should be able to notice that the 'Wi-Fi' and 'Bluetooth' text in Quick Settings has a little arrow next to it. Press it and it opens a list of nearby Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices rather than opening the respective settings menu like in 5.0. The new update also brings animations for the 'Auto-rotate' tile and for the icons at the top of the Clock app, the ability to manually remove the 'Hotspot' and 'Color inversion' dynamic tiles, a new mode in Smart Lock called 'On-body detection', separate volume levels for media and system, a redesigned interface for contacts creating / editing screen, 'Until next alarm' downtime for 'None' and 'Priority' volume modes, and more.

As usual, the Android 5.1 update for Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition is being rolled out in phases, meaning that some of you would still have to wait a few more days. Normally, a system update message should appear in the notification bar as soon as your device becomes eligible to receive the new software update. Tap on it, choose 'Download now', wait until the download is complete, then select 'Install now'. Your phone should reboot and flash the new firmware. You can also check for the update manually under Settings > About phone > System updates > Check for update. Least, but not last you can manually install the update on your Xperia Z Ultra GPE using the OTA ZIP file. Download the file from here then flash it on your phone using 'adb sideload'.

Have you received the Android 5.1 OTA on your Xperia Z Ultra or have you flashed it manually? Please let us know in comments.

David Hall ยท 4 years ago

Thanks for the article. I received the update last night, April-8-2015.

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