A big question in the minds of most Android users currently is when their device will receive the Android 5.0 L update. We don’t know when every OEM will start pushing the Android L update but we do know what plans Sony has in store for its models. Our sources have informed us about Sony’s Xperia Android 5.0 update plans and which models would be receiving the update.
Android L is the most recently announced Android version and brings a lot of major changes to the Android platform, including the jump to 64-bit. It includes a redesigned user-interface with more simple layout and new notification system. It also comes with full ART runtime support by default for better system performance.
Sony Xperia devices eligible for the Android L update
Let’s start with details on the models that are scheduled to receive the update. The Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, Z2 Tablet, Z1 Compact, Z1, and T2 Ultra are said to be the ones that have been shortlisted to receive the update. The other mid-range devices released this year as well as the Xperia Z series range that includes the Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z will not be receiving the 5.0 update and support for these devices will be terminated with 4.4.4 KitKat.
Expected rollout dates
Now you must be wondering when exactly the updates would roll out. Well, our source tells us that the Android L update won’t hit Xperia devices until around the time the next Xperia flagship is announced – Z4. That is expected to happen sometime in February at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That’s when the update would first start rolling out for the Xperia Z3 family of devices. The other products on the list will be receiving their update in the second phase of the rollout which would extend through March and April. The update will bring all the Android 5.0 goodies with it, along with a redesigned user interface and some significant changes to the Media apps Sony bundles with its Xperia smartphones. The Xperia camera app will also see a number of changes in terms of layout and features, and a new automatic mode as well which should be better than the Superior Auto mode that is currently present on Xperia devices.
P.S. – This leak has been provided to us by the same source who leaked the full spec sheet of the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact well before the IFA event, and it turned out to be 100% correct. This new leak should be considered as good as confirmed.