T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z now receiving Android 4.3 update
At Phones Review we endeavor to keep readers informed about operating system updates, and today we have news about an update arriving for the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile. Alas, this is not the much-anticipated Android 4.4 update but at least T-Mobile’s Sony Xperia Z is about to receive the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update at last.
Before Christmas we informed readers that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was now starting to roll out for the Xperia Z, but as we know these updates often arrive at different times depending on regions and carriers. T-Mobile has now posted a support page for an Xperia Z software update to 10.4.C.0.797 and this finally brings Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the device.
T-Mobile states that the update will begin rolling out on March 3rd, though you may have to be a little patient if you wait for the OTA (over-the-air) update, as these can often be pushed out in stages. You may receive notification for the update or you can check for it now by heading to your device Settings menu, followed by About Phone to see your software status.
Alternatively, you can head to the T-Mobile source link below this story to manually flash the new software version and download it via Sony PC Companion software. The update is 307 MB in size and improvements include a redesign of the UXP Air user interface and WiFi Calling UI, updated keyboard to Swiftkey, and 5 signal bars instead of 4.
It also brings improvements for software stability. Before you update you need to check that you have at least 308MB of available memory, at least 50% battery charge, and a data connection.
On the subject of updates, just a few days ago we looked at the progress of the Android 4.4 KitKat update for various Xperia devices, so you might want to check out the latest on that here. An Australian carrier is said to be already testing this update for the Xperia Z, but as is evident from the 4.3 update, T-Mobile isn’t the quickest at pushing these updates to the end user.
For now at least, owners of the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile will finally be receiving the Android 4.3 update. Are you one of the first to receive this update for your Xperia Z? Are you frustrated at the amount of time it takes to receive the latest Android updates from your carrier? Let us have your comments on this.