After Samsung and HTC, rumors are abuzz that even Sony is working on partnering with Google to launch a stock Android edition of its flagship Xperia Z smartphone. Androidgeeks claims to have been tipped by a Sony insider that the company is developing this Google edition of Xperia Z and is likely to launch it in July. Also Read - Sony to cut prices of Xperia smartphones by up to 14% in India: Report
Last month, Google announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android, which was followed by a Google edition of HTC One launched at the D11. During the launch of Google based HTC One, Sunder Pichai had also hinted at Google s plans on bringing the stock Android to more smartphones especially the flagship devices, which adds fuel to this Google edition of Sony s flagship rumor.
Sony had started the Android Open Source Project for the Xperia Z which eases the installation of stock Android on the Sony flagship at present, but this would lack the latest Android firmware updates which come as an additional feature of a Google edition of phones. So it is planning on launching the Google version of the phone which will get updates directly from Google like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google edition, HTC One Google edition, and the Nexus devices.
Considering that Google is expected to release the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update in July, there are chances that Google edition of Xperia Z might get a flavor of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as well. The rest of the features are expected to remain the same. However, considering that Google had chosen to leave the infrared port behind in both the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google version and the HTC One Google version, the Xperia Z might also not come with the infrared port support.
This tweaked variant of Sony Xperia Z is believed to be available on Google Play store and be priced for $599 (approximately Rs 34,000).