It's been a busy week or two for Sony fans. First we get a Google Play Edition of the Z Ultra, then the AOSP On Xperia project expands to the low-cost Xperia L, and now owners of Sony's high-end phones are starting to get their long-awaited Jelly Bean 4.3 updates. According to this Sony blog update, both the Xperia Z1 and the enormous Z Ultra should be getting the over-the-air update starting today, at least for unlocked versions.


But wait, there's more! Sony's also adding in a bunch of features to its customized build of Android, most notably updating all the Sony apps on both phones to their latest versions. That means refreshed media apps including a Walkman-branded music player and a "Smart Social Camera" upgrade for the Xperia Z Ultra. Sony is also launching "Xperia Themes," a new pack of device UI themes with expandable content downloaded from Sony Select. Unfortunately the company didn't have any screenshots to show off just yet.

It may take a while before you see the upgrade come to your hardware. If you're rocking older Sony phones or tablets, the company says the the Android 4.3 upgrade for the rest of the line (or at least those new enough to merit one ) is "right around the corner." If you've got a Z1 or Z Ultra and you're seeing the update, help out your fellow readers by letting them know the details in the comments section.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Ilia1985

    And Doomlord confirmed bootloader unlock camera issue has been finally fixed :)

    • The_Illusionist

      Aaah Doomlord. I remember that guy way back when I had Xperia X10. He was kinda diety in X10 forums on XDA. Glad to hear he's doing the same magic for new Sony devices. After all those years ladies and gentlemen, making ROMs, tweaking and constantly improving these devices is the biggest advantage of Android. That is why it's best OS on the market.

  • AtomicGadget

    It's a nice little update to play with while we're waiting for 4.4, which is planned to be released for the Z1 and Ultra in january. The themes aren't really that nice, but the theme engine is really interesting.

    • Ilia1985

      How do u access new themes?

      • Felipe Pimenta

        Go to Settings, Personalization, Themes, Touch the + icon on the top of the screen :P

    • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

      Yeah happy waiting! xD Beyond January.

      • Anish ahole

        So what's your point?

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          My point is that you are my "ahole", so I'll give you more and more shit, day after day.

          • Anish ahole

            So you agree your opinion about this article was shit? That's all I needed to know.

  • Blablabla

    I noticed the update arrived here to Colombia via Sony Companion. Couldn't update because a stupid firewall, though. Looking forward for the OTA update...

  • RH

    The only thing that has held me off on the Z1 ultra is lack of a flash for the camera.
    I use the camera daily, and some times, I'm in areas, trying to document things inside of
    machines where I need that flash.

  • siwan05

    Nice smooth update, but when clicking on "Sound enhancements -> Settings ", it shows "Unfortunately, Sound enhancements has stopped.", only way to solve this atm is through factory reset...

    • raj

      Go to setting>apps>walkman>clear data

      try this