Following the footsteps of Samsung and HTC who have announced the Google version of their flagships Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, Sony is also planning to launch its flagship Xperia Z with Nexus user experience later this year.According to mobile technological blog Android Geeks, the Sony Xperia Z with Stock Android would go on sale exclusively via Play Store in US later this year, just like the two other Google Edition handsets. The handset is also said to be compatible with the LTE networks of AT&T and T-Mobile in the USA.
Originally announced at CES, Sony Xperia Z is a flagship dust and water-proof smartphone which features 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP rear camera, 2MPfront camera and 2330 mAh battery.
As far as the specifications are concerned, then as per the reports Sony Xperia Z Google Edition will come preloaded with the same hardware specifications of Sony Xperia Z, but it will have the latest Android version just like Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition and HTC One Google Edition. The Google edition of Xperia Z is supposed to come at a price of USD $599 in USA, although nothing is official at the moment.
The company has reportedly taken this step to introduce Xperia Z with Stock Android after it has realized that AOSP for Sony Xperia Z might give a lot of headaches for the regular users, so it will be a better option to launch a smartphone that already comes pre-loaded with stock Android.
With the launch of Xperia Z with Nexus user experience, we will have three major flagship models with stock Android. Looks like Google has finally figured out a way to give its version of Android to the mass market devices.