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Jun
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Sony Mobile is moving the Xperia ZL up to Android 4.2.2, making this the first non-Nexus handset to get updated to (instead of ship with) this particular version of Jelly Bean. The latest firmware build, version 10.3.A.0.423, also ushers in updates to Sony's Media apps, expands widget functionality on both the lock screen and the home screen, and introduces support for 64GB microSD cards. This is a big plus for users who shun cloud storage and prefer to carry their media the new-old fashioned way.

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This update breathes new life into what was already a pretty good phone. With a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, and a 13MP camera, the Xperia ZL remains a good deal for people who don't want to buy into an Apple-Samsung duopoly. Sony has also increased the speed of their updates lately, a good sign that they remain committed to this race.

That said, the Xperia ZL's display could still use some work, the battery is still sub-par, and the materials don't feel any less plastic-y than they did before. If these are deal breakers for you, then it's a good thing you're not the person with the phone in their hand waiting for this firmware update to arrive.

Via: Xperia Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Edward Germanotta

    Well, good move sony. It would be interesting to see an xperia z Google edition too

    • Tyler

      Or even this in America. Don't know why they haven't ventured into US market.

      • Lirodon

        They got it on Bell in Canada.

      • newsjunkieintl

        You can buy the Xperia ZL c6506 (pentaband GSM with both AT&T and T-mobile LTE bands) straight from Sony store online. AT&T GoPhone now takes BYOD LTE phone and give LTE plan for $60 with 2GB data included.

  • Greyhame

    Is Sony's UI skin light? Heavy? Genuinely curious.

    • SPtheALIEN

      Remarkably light. As far as skins go, it's what many consider the closest thing to stock.

      • http://www.whatupgoingon.com Greg Macek

        Agreed! The launcher is easy enough to replace with Nova and make it feel stock. The menus and settings look very stock Android as well.

      • Greyhame

        Nice! Thx.

    • Mike

      Classy but not heavily modified. It's well known American's hate Sony. Put that artificial bias to the side and it's a great phone.

      • Greyhame

        No hate here =)

      • Doom

        We do? All those playstations bought say otherwise

      • PhillipCun

        I don't think so. Americans appreciate quality products. Sony used to push out a ton of quality products, but other brands have been pushing the same quality at a lower price.

  • http://www.ninetwozero.com Karl Lindmark

    So, when can we expect to get an update for our Z's? Ain't heard about it for a while. :-l

  • yobbei

    Looks very nice. I don't even know how people put up with TouchWiz anymore.

    I hope this google edtion thing would be the norm. Even if I don't buy the google edition I can still flash the rom!

  • Lirodon

    I tried a ZL at a Bell-affiliated store, and its UI didn't seem as smooth as 4.1 on the Galaxy Nexus for some reason...

    • PhillipCun

      i would assume stock UI would be best in terms of performance.

  • valapsp

    Wallpapers wanted!

    • ribbed for her pleasure

      Yes!

  • master94

    Companies should stop relying on carriers to send updates and just create their own third party syncing softwares and just send out the updates like that. Sure not as easy as OTAs but at least you actually get updates that way. Nice to see Sony doing that

    • esper256

      I don't think you understand the problem. It's a contractual, legal, and cryptographic barrier to providing updates. The transmission over the air isn't the issue. Nothing stops phones from downloading updates over the internet. Over HTTPS the carrier can't even know that a phone is downloading an update.

  • Ed

    No Photoshpere. No Multi user support. No new notification panel.

    Why the hell do they call it an update to 4.2.2?????

    I don't need the daydream and the lockscreen widgets. They're not useful and can easily be provided by apps...

  • Alex

    It always supported 64 gb sd cards...

  • http://www.arcane.org Mystech

    I'm currently on Straight Talk and looking to replace my damaged phone. Should I go with LTE or HSPA+ version of the ZL if I continue on Straight Talk? Does LTE also support HSPA+ or is an "either or" proposition?

    • duplissi

      the lte model has hspa+

      Im in the same boat, and have already ordered my x zl from newegg.

  • mejoh

    On 4.1,i can use the print screen /screen shot function when I touch the power button on the right side of the phone.. But when I upgrade to 4.2, the print screen function has gone.. Can anyone tell me how can I use the screen shot function again?