We here at Android Authority have a soft spot in our hearts for Sony’s Xperia ZL smartphone. Sporting hardware nearly identical to the Xperia Z, the ZL manages to cram high-end specs – like a Full HD display, quad-core processor, and 13-megapixel camera – into a small, light, and aesthetically pleasing package. And thanks Sony’s recent pledge to continue supporting new Xperia devices with software updates, the ZL looks even better.
As part of the “timely update” promise, Sony Mobile released today the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for European LTE (C6503), HSPA+ (C6502), and North American (C6506) editions of the ZL. Firmware build 10.3.A.0.423 brings, in addition to features introduced as part of the latest version of Android, functionality specific to Sony devices. Particularly welcome is the new My Xperia application that allows users to remotely lock and locate their phone, and support for bigger (64GB) SD cards.
Here’s a full list of changes:
- Latest version of Sony Media Apps with seamless integrated services
- My Xperia application that helps you find your phone and secure everything you have on it. Read more at myxperia.sonymobile.com
- New Customizable navigation bar with quick settings
- New widget functionalities, both on lockscreen and homescreen
- Support for bigger (64GB) SD card so that you can store even more on your Xperia
If you’re the proud owner of an Xperia ZL, you should be prompted to download and install the update in the coming days. Intrigued by the ZL? It’s available for $249.99 on Cincinnati Bell with contract in North America, and in Canada on Rogers and Bell for $124 and $99, respectively. Not much choice, unfortunately, but perhaps Sony’s commitment to the ZL is a sign of bigger things to come.