Sony Xperia Z can pencil in an update to the latest version of Android soon, it appears, breathing new life into the phone that kicked-off Sony's 2013 rebirth.
The Xperia Z, which was best-reviewed Sony smartphone for ages and helped reboot the company after the dog days of the Ericsson years, launched back in February last year with Android 4.1 out of the box.
Since then it has been supplanted as Sony’s flagship phone by the Xperia Z1, as well as more niche efforts such as the Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z Ultra phablet.
But that’s not to say Sony has forgotten all about the Xperia Z. Not after reports surfaced today that the phone-maker will be rolling out Android 4.4.2 to the handset either at the end of February or early March. Or at least it will if you believe Polish network Play.
At the time of writing, Sony had not officially confirmed the update. But given that the Xperia Z is pretty brawny under the bonnet and is barely a year old, there’s no reason that it wouldn’t be able to run the newest version of the OS.
We should mention, however, that even if that due date is correct, there’s no guarantee that we’ll get Android 4.4.2 in the UK that early.
And, of course, you should also know that initially the update will go to unbranded versions of the Xperia Z. That's those bought off-contract and SIM-free.
Those of you who picked up your phone on a monthly contract will likely face a longer wait while your carrier ensures the fresh software is compatible with its proprietary services.