Sony is yet to launch a new flagship for 2015 and while it says that a top-tier smartphone is in the works, it certainly hasn’t forgotten about the Xperia Z3 which is last year’s front runner. The company will be updating the handset to Android 5.0 Lollipop starting next week and this has been confirmed by its official social media accounts from Indonesia and France.
Both sources say the same thing, Android 5.0 Lollipop will be released for the Sony Xperia Z3 from next week which is March 16 onwards. A post from Sony Mobile France’s Twitter account clearly mentions the smartphone in question, says Xperia Bloe, while the official Indonesia Facebook page confirms the rollout in general.
As you know, the Sony handset still carries flagship privileges and we should see other models like the Z3 Tablet Compact and the Z3 Compact also get the new OS in the coming weeks. The company has promised to update the entire Z series which means that the Z1 and Z2 lineup will be next and the original Xperia Z smartphone and tablet will be at the end of the roster.
There’s speculation that other devices not part of the flagship series from 2014 and earlier may not see an update to Android 5.0. The Indonesia account has put up a changelog which notes that you’ll need a whopping 1.2GB of free storage for the update. It also mentions that the firmware will introduce a fresh UI that’s more intuitive, an improved lockscreen, the ability to transfer apps to SD and multi-user support.
While it’s more or less confirmed that Android 5.0 will reach the Xperia Z3 and other handset next week, Sony has already released binaries for Lollipop 5.1 which means that it could already be working on the next update.