As soon as the first orders for the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition began arriving at users' doors, the bug reports started rolling in. While this always happen with a new handset, two of the issues quickly emerged as critical. To be more specific:

  • Attempting to access the "Security" area under the phone settings results in a crash of the settings app. This is prohibiting users from doing things like changing the screen lock, enabling installation of non-market apps, and enabling data encryption.
  • Uninstalling an app via the app tray, the Google Play Store app, or the "Apps" area of the phone settings app causes a UI crash resulting in the device doing a soft reset. We probably don't have to go into detail about why this is a problem.

While these are definitely major bugs, there is some good news. Google and Sony are already hard at work on a fix. Google has confirmed to us that the issues will be addressed via an OTA coming soon, but declined to give further information into the details of how the bugs could have happened in the first place. Here are some videos that clearly illustrate the bugs in action, courtesy of JR Raphael and AndroidCentral.

We'll be sure to let you know when the bugfix OTA rolls out to users. With the recent Android 4.4.2 updates for the HTC One GPE and Galaxy S4 GPE, we would imagine it will be along in very short order. In the meantime, our Z Ultra GPE arrives tomorrow, so we'll likely have more to say about it in the coming days.

Source: JR Raphael, AndroidCentral, Google