A French network carrier has revealed the Android 5.1 Lollipop roll-out schedule of Sony's Xperia Z series smartphones.
SFR (Société française de radiotéléphone) has confirmed that new Android update deployment process for Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z2, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra will commence only in August, one month late than what Sony had promised a few weeks ago.
The French carrier also added that Xperia Z and Tablet Z will get the incremental firmware in September, whereas the update release date for Xperia M2 will be announced a little later in the year.
This revelation from SFR brings back the bad memories of Sony delaying updates to Xperia Z series. After announcing roll-out plans in November 2014, it took more than five months for Sony to finally commence update release to its device.
Many Xperia Z device owners will be peeved off to hear from SFR that 5.1 update might get delayed by a month, but we suggest our readers not to jump the gun yet as SFR is a network carrier and it is normal for locked devices to get updates late compared to unlocked siblings.
Contract-based locked phones usually go through an additional testing in the carrier network's research lab, whereas the unlocked phones get updates directly delivered by Sony.
So, it is likely that Sony will commence the update roll-out on time (in July) as promised.
For the uninitiated, Android v5.1 Lollipop is a stability firmware that brings enhancements to ART (Android Run Time), allowing apps load faster and fix the memory leak issue that used to cause constant crash of apps, after updating Android 5.0 Lollipop.
It is also said to fix "Okay Google" glitch and bring the silent mode that has been missing since the phones got updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Other improvements include Wi-Fi toggle option access in Quick Settings and a fix for the SMS issue, random app crashes of dialer and messaging apps.
Via Xperia Blog