T-Mobile Xperia Z finally gets Android 4.2 update

I know all of you want to hear about the 4.3 to your Galaxy S4, sadly, I don’t have any more news on that yet. However, if you’re still rocking the Sony Xperia Z, you’ll be glad to know there’s now an update waiting for you. You might not be so glad to know it isn’t Android 4.3. But, an update is better than nothing, right?

Android 4.2 is now available to download over the air from your Xperia Z. The update was mentioned on Tmo’s support page:

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As noted by Android Police, it’s been 5 months since the international model got 4.2. So there’s no knowing how long the Tmo update will take for 4.3, which is yet to make its way to the unlocked/GSM model. I probably wouldn’t get my hopes up on that one.

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  • Nathan S.

    Speaking of the Z, my Wife’s GS2 is starting to have power button issues and I was just thinking about getting one for her due to its water resistance. Anyone have one that can vouch for its awesomeness?

    • kevev

      I have one.

      Pros:Fast, beautiful, great cell reception, great battery life, good camera.

      Cons: Speaker sucks, WIFI bug causes weak signal, locked bootloader.

      Other thoughts: After flashing MIUI-Z from xda-developers the phone is more awesome. I now have free WIFI tethering and slightly better speaker audio, WIFI has great reception now. Check out the Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store. It has a better speaker, lighter, cost less $.

      • Sean Walsh

        Kevev, I have the ZL (Unlocked) its pretty much the same phone. I just dont have the T-mo crap on it. I dont have that issue with my wifi. Do you think its only on the T-mo versions?

        • kevev

          I think it is specifically the Z variants. On xda-developers there is a thread about it. But I am wondering if the new OTA fixes it. MIUI is not having this issue, so it has to be a firmware issue that can be fixed with an update.

      • Brandon Dean

        The camera on the nexus 5 is pretty crappy though

    • fsured

      I love mine. Its not Apple, HTC, or a Samsung device which makes it unique.

    • Sean Walsh

      Take a look at the Sony ZL, its pretty much the same as the Z except its not waterproof. It also has an IR remote. I like the feel of it better than the Z. Also the speaker is in a better location. It has the same size screen, but has a smaller bezel. It is also unlocked with LTE. I got mine at the Sony store, or you can find it on the Sony website.

      • Nathan S.

        cool, thanks. I think my Wife could really use the water resistance feature which is the main selling point that is making me consider it.

        • Brandon Dean

          I can definitely say that the waterproofing is awesome. I have put my phone in glasses of water more times I can count, to prove to people that it really is waterproof. Being in the rain, and not worrying about your phone. Who else can take their phone to a waterpark and have it live to tell the tale.

        • Nathan S.

          The water resistance is pretty much the main selling point to me. Not sure just yet as to which I will pick up for her. Might wait to see if holiday sales produce any awesome deals.

        • Sean Walsh

          You should also check out the Ultra Z & the Z1. They are both faster than the Z, & are waterproof as well. The ultra has a 7″ screen though, so its freaking huge! The Z1 is a little bigger than the Z, but has the same size screen.

        • Sean Walsh

          What do you think of the Z1 & ultra Z? they are also waterproof. I am looking at getting the Z1 once t-mo get it. I want the LTE, that why I dont get the unlocked version.

  • fsured

    This is rather odd as Tmobile held off the 4.2 update when the international version has been rocking it for awhile now. Sony is supposed to be moving these devices to 4.3 very soon and said 4.4 to follow. Wonder if Tmobile will hold the 4.3 for months after it’s release like they did this one.

    • Brandon Dean

      I think sony is skipping straight to 4.4 with some phones. Z included.

      • fsured

        I haven’t heard of this. I know they were to begin the release of 4.3 end of November and into December but haven’t heard of skipping to 4.3 all together. They haven’t released any information to my knowledge about the 4.4 upgrade except that it will happen and the Z will get it.

  • tacogurl

    i need a new phone should i get xperia z or lg g2 which is better?

    • murdoxin

      I’d wait for the Z1. Seems like it should be coming to Tmo soon.

      • fsured

        The Z1 is the new model and I’d say wait for that also. But right now you can get the Z with 0 down online and eip. Not a bad option if you don’t mind holding onto this one for a few months then use jump to whatever new phones come out. Any new phone will probably have bugs when it is released and the Z1 will be a new phone. It also comes down to how soon T-Mobile approves updates from Sony to fix the bugs. If we are just getting 4.2 when phones are moving to 4.3, T-Mobile doesn’t have a good track record for Sony products. There are regular application updates from Sony’s software like the Walkman app which we can’t get unless you root and install it yourself.

      • tacogurl

        well i guess ill get lg g2 i need a phone right now pronto my s3 gave out i had samsung and apple all my life i was gonna get xperia z but i just looked it up online many people say it has a old procesor ,bad viewing angles so ill try LG i never had lg hopefully it all goes well..

        • skippy

          if you can’t wait get the international unlocked version of sony z1. is cheaper than the US version unlocked and I’m sure it will be cheaper than T-Mo once it comes out later.

  • best

    About damn time!

  • mrcoolcat

    FYI: My tmo GS3 is downloading 4.3 as am typing this comment! Cam, may be that should be a news as well? (Note also that there are reports that Samsung pulled back the 4.3 update, possibly for AT&T alone).

    • Stone Cold

      Verizon and AT&T users have reported issues with the update good luck with yours.

      • mrcoolcat

        I’ve downloaded, but postponed the installation. Waiting for reviews from others, but I doubt there would be much reviews today so I might just jump.

        • Evan Lam

          I installed the 4.3 update, and so far so good. The only thing i am bummed out about is that Asphalt 8 isn’t working at the moment. Also after I installed the update, I couldn’t send sms, but a restart of the phone fixed that issue.

      • Evan Lam

        Umm, Verizon and AT&T haven’t released the 4.3 update for the Galaxy S3 yet.

        • Stone Cold

          Yes they have various sites have reported on it.

  • LAGURL

    Updated my purple Xperia Z from tmobile now my phone is only connecting to hspa before the update I had full bars lte This sucks big time!!! I saw the big speed difference I dnt even get 1 mbp dwn and less than 1 up I live in LA east la were T-Mobile hspa ain’t that great Lte worked fine 10-12 down, 5-9 up I know something is wrong because my mom’s T-Mobile iPhone 5s has full bars LTE and she standing nxt to me. I checked network settings I can’t seem to find a way to put phone on LTE.. Sucks.

    • lutfen

      Dial *#*#INFO#*#* and go to Phone Settings, Select LTE/GSM

    • Nathaniel Ily Jacob-Joshua Hud

      Same problem. He’s right the, #*#info#*#* method works.

  • ikeepzitreal

    The more i hear about it, the more i like the xperia. Looks like a great alternative to the gs4 and HTC one