Within hours of the Google Android 5.0 Lollipop announcement, Sony has confirmed the release of the new OS update to all its Xperia Z series devices.
"Since the initial reveal of the Android 'L' Developer Preview, we've seen lots of questions on our upgrade roadmap about our plans – so, here goes... We'll be making Sony Mobile's Android 'L' upgrade available for the entire premium Z series," the company stated on their official blog.
The Xperia Z series devices confirmed to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop are:
- Xperia Z Ultra GPE (Google Play Edition)
- Xperia Z
- Xperia ZR
- Xperia ZL
- Xperia Z1
- Xperia Z1s
- Xperia Z Ultra
- Xperia Z1 Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z3
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Compact
- Xperia Z3 Tablet
- Xperia Tablet Z
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
[Note: Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe will be the first device to get the new OS update as it runs on stock Android]
This revelation is certain to cheer Sony fans but here is the catch; the company says the roll out of Lollipop OS update will begin only in early 2015, initially with the latest Z3 series, then to Z2 and to other Z series devices.
Besides Sony, HTC and Motorola have also confirmed the release Android Lollipop on select smartphones, including HTC One (2013 and 2014), One Mini (1 & 2), Moto X (Gen 2. and Gen 1.), Moto G (Gen 2. and Gen 1.), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini.
The new Android Lollipop OS comes with an overhauled design language and material design, bringing in inter-active user-interface, replacement of Dalvik with ART as its default runtime and many more tweaks for performance enhancements.