Flagship models are coming out with Google Edition variant. First Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition was announced at Google I/O 2013 and two weeks later HTC One Google Edition was officially announced. That’s not the end as Mountain View based search engine giant is all set to team up with Sony to develop Google Edition of its highly anticipated flagship Xperia Z smartphone. So this means that the entire three current flagship phone from Sony, HTC & Samsung will be available in Google Edition.
News published at Android.gs tech site tells us that an anonymous user has leaked the info although no exact date of release is known of Xperia Z Google Edition however the phone is slated to be announced in July 2013 at $599 suggested price.
Flagship models are quite deviated from stock version of Android as each company modifies the open source code to enlighten custom developer UI by them. For Samsung its TouchWiz and for HTC its Sense UI. Although AOSP for Sony Xperia Z is initiated to bring the stock version but it’s out of reach for regular users. Sadly the AOSP developer Xperia Z models doesn’t receive official firmware updates.
Sony Xperia Z Google Edition is most likely to come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version out of box although Android 4.3 rumors are high hard at deck. As far as we know, Xperia Z will maintain same features with 5 inches shatter proof display, IP57 certifications, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, wonderful 13 mega pixel camera and other standalone features.
It will be available via Google Play Store exclusively for US markets and it should be compatible with LTE networks of T-Mobile and AT&T. Are you excited about the Sony build Xperia Z Google Edition or you will go with Samsung Galaxy S4?