December 16, 2013

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Last week Google officially added two new Google Play Edition devices to its Play Store, the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Z Ultra. While the G Pad’s arrival to the Play Store wasn’t much of a surprise, the launch of the Z Ultra GPe was completely unexpected.

So should you pick up the Z Ultra GPe? If you’re looking for an attractive handset that’s nearly as big as a tablet and features stock Android — there’s no better alternative. That said, the Z Ultra GPe isn’t without its software problems.

It's important to be aware that there are some very real software glitches present in Sony’s pure Android device.

Just last week Computerworld’s JR Raphael discovered a bug that prevented users from accessing the Security menu. This bug made it impossible to sideload apps, among other issues. Now a second (and equally annoying) bug has been discovered that prevents users from uninstalling applications.

Apparently when you go to uninstall an app, the UI restarts and the app is never actually removed. For those that find themselves running out of room, this could be a very annoying usability issue.

Of course the Sony Z Ultra GPe is still a very new device, and Sony will likely work hard to resolve these problems (and any currently undiscovered bugs) in due course. Still, it’s important to be aware that there are some very real software glitches present in Sony’s pure Android device.

For those that aren’t sure if the Z Ultra is right for you, be sure to check out our review. Keep in mind that the biggest difference between the reviewed unit and GPe, is that the latter sheds itself of Sony customizations in favor of stock Android.

So how about it, any other Sony Z Ultra GPe owners run into either of the two mentioned bugs? Any other issues you’ve discovered that have yet to be reported on?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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