After announcing the start of the Android 5.0 Lollipop update rollout for its Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact smartphones in the middle of March, Sony on Monday has announced that the Sony Xperia Z2 and Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will start rolling out from next week.
The Japanese smartphone manufacturer on Monday also announced that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has started receiving its Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and added that two other Sony smartphones – the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Sony Xperia C3 – will also start receiving their Lollipop update “soon”, but did not provide a more exact time-frame.
Unfortunately, Sony has not provided a changelog for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia C3. The company however had provided a changelog at the time of the Sony Xperia Z3 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact update rollout announcement, and the changes should be similar for other Sony Xperia products as well.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact brings Google’s Material Design interface (Lollipop-style notifications, and lock screen with fully customisable settings), but retains the company’s approach to minimalistic interface and application design. Sony has also included Android Lollipop’s multi-user profiles and guest mode features.
The Japanese firm also claims it has improved storage control and customisation options to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card. Other than that, the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact has got support for Android for Work, notes Sony.
Last week, Xperia Z2 users in some regions reported they were receiving the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, ahead of any official announcement by the company. User reports were based out of Nordic and Baltic regions, the same regions where the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact began its rollout.
In March, Sony also launched a new smartphone – the Sony Xperia J1 Compact – for Japan. The company has not detailed availability of the smartphone for other regions. The Sony Xperia J1 Compact (D5788) is company’s first LTE communication “PLAY SIM” device with MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) support, that provides voice calls plans on NTT DoCoMo tailored to consumer needs, says Sony.
Also in March, the Japanese firm launched the Sony Xperia E4 Dual in India, priced at Rs. 12,490. With the launch, India became one of the first regions globally to see the smartphone hit shelves.