Sony confirms Android 4.3 update for several devices. HTC and Samsung are being vague

by: Bogdan PetrovanJuly 25, 2013

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As it usually happens when Google announces a new version of Android, even a relatively minor one like 4.3, all eyes are turned on manufacturers for announcements regarding the rollout of the respective update.

For Android 4.3, the first OEM to step forward is Sony, which announced in a blog post that is working with Google and Qualcomm to prepare the update for several recent devices:

  • Xperia Z
  • Xperia ZL
  • Xperia ZR
  • Xperia Tablet Z
  • Xperia SP
  • Xperia Z Ultra

These all devices released in the recent months powered by Qualcomm processors (just like the new Nexus 7). In addition to the list above, Sony also said that it plans to skip the Android 4.2 update for some devices, and bring them directly to the latest Android 4.3 version. It’s not known yet which devices will get this treatment.

Also, no word yet on the timeline of the Android 4.3 update for Sony devices, but the company promised that more information would be coming as soon as possible.

Two other major manufacturers, Samsung and HTC, were unfortunately less forthcoming about their Android 4.3 update plans. Both companies produce Google Play Edition phones (our reviews: HTC One GPe and Galaxy S4 GPe), which Google said yesterday will be updated “soon”.

As for regular devices, Samsung told Tech Radar that it “will confirm upgrade plans to Android 4.3 to selected Galaxy devices in the coming months”, while HTC claimed to be currently “reviewing Android 4.3 to see how this update fits into our plans”. In non-PR speak, neither company has info to share at this moment.

One manufacturer known for speedy Android updates is Asus, the maker of both generations of the Nexus 7. To our knowledge, the Taiwanese company hasn’t revealed anything yet, though we do expect an announcement in the coming weeks.

  • Sky Baun

    Nice to see Sony is staying on the ball

    • Mothreja Jay

      Yeah. About time Sony started taking the smartphone business seriously

  • n900mixalot

    Sony just said they are working with Google … they didn’t say anything anyone else didn’t.

    Am I the only one who can’t log into disqus on this website using mobile Chrome?! Gahhhh it drives me crazy. Just flips to a new logged in tab but doesn’t really get me logged in.

    • Sorry about the Disqus issue, we’re looking into it. Sony confirmed the update for the devices listed, and also detailed a bit the update process in the blog post I linked.

      • n900mixalot

        Ah okay thanks. I guess I should change my comment to say something like, a list of devices isn’t worth the pixels it’s printed on these days.

        Is 4.3 really worth the trouble of updating? Doesn’t seem like it is.

        • Anonymousfella

          Even a small change is better than nothing I guess…

          • n900mixalot

            I don’t disagree but I always worry about the way that we are so demanding of each and every incremental update.

            People have become Android update zombies. iOS users don’t seem to have this issue and every iOS update is substantial. My Note 2 is fine as is but I can also see that people with slightly older phones have been waiting for SOMETHING for so long that every newly announced update is like a knife in the back.

          • joe

            that’s because ios users are idiots and in their perfect little worlds, apple can do no wrong…sheep…blinded on the hill by laser range finder…screw htc and samsung…idiots…

        • Sky Baun

          They are skipping the 4.2 version so it’s worth it.

  • Glasofruix

    The funny thing is, the guys working in their basements over custom ROMs can implement nearly any new android version in mere hours, but it takes several weeks or months to the big guys to do the same without changing much in the release…

    • Piyush

      the basement version is untested and buggy than the tested version.

      • Glasofruix

        I’ve been usin cyanogemod on many devices, it wasn’t even remotely as buggy as a stock htc with sense or a samsung with that crappy thing of theirs.

        • Piyush

          its subjective matter , but yeah great for us , but still.

          • APai

            two sides to the story :

            1 – to be fair to sony, people will complain if it comes from the company (sony), and not so much from the basement guys because they know it comes with a disclaimer, so zero expectation.

            2 – sony’s problem is that they don’t have enough people, and they are churning out phones like there’s no tomorrow. half the handsets are hamstrung by “marketing” decisions, that means jettisoning slightly older models, cheaper models, etc.

  • Chalin

    Sony will take few months to release 4.3 update tho :( 4.2 was promised in Feb and got released in July

  • puzz123

    Sony has always been late with updates, and when they finally arrive, the optimization is just terrible

  • Rafeek Ahmed

    Very nice post, so much information that would be very nice and usefull.

  • Valtheus

    Fast updates from all the manufacturers is a major issue with android releases. I believe it turns many people to iPhone. Big players like Samsung, HTC, Sony etc. have to realise that they must develop new android releases faster for their devices, and include less junk Apps. Unless they like to lose market share. My next phone will probably be a nexus or droid.

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  • Rex_D

    Does it really matter what they promise or say anymore? We all know they can promise an update then not deliver at the last minute, or push the promised date back repeatedly.

  • Sam

    No Xperia S or T?

  • Kale Simeon

    I have a nothing to say for now they are the best

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    I have a problem and I want a solution please