It’s happening, it’s really, finally happening!
June 25, 2014. Google unveils Android L as a work-in-progress new software package, with plenty of blanks unfilled. October 15. A second announcement takes place, L becomes 5.0 Lollipop, and the hotly anticipated “Material Design” is further detailed.
October 16. Sony enters the picture with an obligatory “5.0 coming soon” notice, slating the “start of the upgrade at beginning of 2015 for the core Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series.” November 3. Lollipop source code is made available for manufacturer and carrier “optimization”.
Since then, nothing. No official good news on the Xperia updating front, just a bunch of teasers, more promises and ominous suggestions vis-à-vis older members of Sony’s handheld family. In the meantime, it’s needless to point out the obvious fruits of Samsung, HTC and LG’s diligent work with the same sweet, smooth albeit somewhat glitchy OS.
March 16, 2015. It’s celebration time at last. The Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are treated to drastic makeovers, first “in the Nordics and Baltics” and, soon enough, all over the world. “More Xperia Z Series products” should also jump on the 5.0 bandwagon “starting in around two weeks’ time.” Man, even when delivering happy news, Sony has to ruin things with this exaggerated air of mystery.
But they’re obviously referring to the Xperia Z2, maybe Z3 Tablet Compact, Z1 and Z1 Compact. Those must be next in line, right? Which reminds us how much lost ground Sony needs to recover compared to the competition.
Then again, all’s well that ends starts well eventually, and while we wouldn’t call mid-March the “beginning” of the year, it could have been worse… probably. And no, in case you’re wondering, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact aren’t receiving Android 5.1 updates. Just good old 5.0.2, with no “Device Protection”, some bugs still lagging from 5.0 and 5.0.1, and “fresh, streamlined looks.”