Introducing Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

Today, we’re excited to introduce Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition, released on the latest Android version (4.4; KitKat) – it’s available now through the Google Play store in the United States.

Since 2012, Sony has provided Android Open Source Project (AOSP) for Xperia devices, for the tech community to use and contribute to – “Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition” is another chapter in our work to support the open Android community.

The device is based on the original Xperia™ Z Ultra; the response to which has been great, with many praising our accomplishment in hardware innovation and economy of component architecture – Qualcomm® Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2Ghz CPU, 6.4” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display, LTE, NFC, all contained in a dust-resistant and waterproof* (IP55 & IP58) 6.5mm body, weighing just 212 grams.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition

Launching on Android 4.4; KitKat, “Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition” offers the latest Google experience: a fresh look and feel, a new full-screen mode (letting app developers create edge-to-edge interfaces on phones and tablets), stronger security through support for SELinux, as well as a new integrated storage access framework, just to mention a few. For more info about all the features included in Android 4.4; ¬KitKat, see Google’s description of KitKat.

Along with these brand new Android features, Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition also comes with some of our unique Sony tech – BRAVIA smarts; TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile and X-Reality™ for mobile picture engine, and our hallmark Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, for immersive viewing experiences and optimum camera performance respectively.

Fredrik Ekstrand, Head of Software Product Management at Sony Mobile, says he’s looking forward to how “Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition” will be received:

“Bringing our first Google Play edition device to the US market represents a milestone in Sony’s on-going developer outreach and work with Google’s Android Open Source Project” says Fredrik. “It’s something our users have been asking for, and now we’re responding – we’re excited to gauge reaction to the latest Android version running natively on our unique product’s hardware”

With the release of the Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition, we’re now working even closer with Google to bring users Android releases in the quickest time possible. And as for software updates of our current products, head over to the Sony social newsroom to read about the latest plans for the Android 4.3 and 4.4 upgrades.

Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition – key specs at a glance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2Ghz CPU.
  • Adreno 330 GPU.
  • 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm.
  • 212 gr.
  • Supported networks Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition: UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz; GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz LTE (Bands I, II, IV, V, VII, VIII, XVII).
  • 2 GB RAM.
  • Memory card slot: microSD™, (supporting up to 64 GB).
  • IP55 & IP58 (Water-proof and dust-resistant).
  • 3D Surround Sound.
  • ClearAudio+.
  • Clear Bass.
  • Clear Phase™.
  • Clear stereo.
  • xLOUD™ Experience.
  • 6.4” HD TRILUMINOS Display with X-Reality for mobile.
  • 1920×1080 pixels (400dpi, xHDPI).
  • 8 MP camera.
  • 4.2x digital zoom.
  • HDR for still images.
  • Full HD video recording (1080p).
  • “Exmor RS for mobile”.
  • Front-facing camera (2 MP 1080p).
  • OptiContrast panel.
  • Pen input with stylus (handwriting recognition not supported).
  • Touch panel cover glass with Super Hard Coat ASF.
  • Accelerometer.
  • Ambient light sensor.
  • Gyroscope.
  • Magnetometer.
  • Proximity sensor.
  • aGPS.
  • Bluetooth® Smart Ready.
  • LTE.
  • Screen mirroring.
  • Android™ 4.4 (KitKat).
  • Widevine level 1 support.
  • Google Wallet (Card emulation on host).
  • Fast boot mode with graphics.
  • Full recovery mode.

What do you think about the new Sony Z Ultra Google edition? Leave a comment below to share your opinion!

More information

*In compliance with IP55 and IP58, Sony Z Ultra Google Play edition is protected against the ingress of dust and is waterproof. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the phone is (i) protected against low pressure jets of water from all practicable directions in compliance with IP 55; and/or (ii) can be kept under 1.50 metre of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP58. The phone is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP55 or IP58 classification range that may lead to your warranty will being void. Find out more

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  1. By Hizam DA


    I wish u make a 6000maH sony z ultra

  2. By Brian Su


    Can I convert existing Sony Z Ultra to Google Play Edition?

  3. By John Marler


    Does the phone support the drivers for paring a ps3 controller?

    • By Benny McKeon


      I am also wondering this. Nobody has posted anything about it. I’ll let you know on Monday 1/6/14 when my GPE ZU arrives…

  4. By Luís Bento


    Sony XPERIA Z1 Google Play edition would be great for Europe

  5. By Luís Bento


    Sony XPERIA Z1 Google Play edition

  6. By Jim Lee


    This sucks bought the Z Ultra GPE and it is full of bugs (Security & Uninstall crashes), Sending it back by the end of the week if it is not fixed by then. STOP BUYING IT! UNTIL THEY GET IT RIGHT!!!! or it will ruin your Holidays. I am so loosing my faith with Google. feels like I am working with Microsoft in the late 1980s…

  7. By Sharran Vishaal


    Mr.Johan please help me with my service status of my xperia M that has been lying in the service center for a long time now.
    I had given my phone which is still under warranty period to the service centre for replacement of a faulty earspeaker.They assured me that they’d get it all fixed within 4 days …and what then????
    they have been dodging ever since by providing reasons such as;they havn’t recieved the parts yet….and making the process tedious and nerve wracking.Also they are extremely non-cooperative to consumer needs!!!!
    Service centre location: INDIA
    SERVICE CENTRE PHONE NUMBER: +91 08041178177
    SERVICE TICKET ID: 13120503106
    JOB NO: W113120503106
    IMEI NO: 358096050873120
    CUSTOMER NUMBER: +91 7829624188 OR +91 9886198105

  8. By Hans Delgado


    Okay, so I am very interested in this phone and I got to really try it out at the Sony store, The Sony Xperia version. If I were to choose the Google Play Edition vs. the Xperia Z Ultra edition, what Sony software would i be missing out on like for instance: PlaystationMobile, Walkman, etc.. or the ability to write on the screen using a pencil for example? Would I lose these Sony abilities by choosing the KitKat model.?

    Thanks I’m just very curious and want to make the right purchase

  9. By Magnus Kongsmo Karlsen


    I would purchase this if i came to Norway 🙁

    • By Magnus Kongsmo Karlsen



  10. By Sean Fagundes


    The shipped rom on this device is pure garbage. Uninstalling applications results in the phone power cycling. You can’t access the device security settings pane. This device is unusable in it’s currently shipping form. Head over the XDA Developers and read up before you get too excited.

  11. By Bill Gatliff


    Does this mean that the Z Ultra will be an official AOSP target, and we will be able to produce a working image from AOSP sources? Or is this announcement just indicating that we can purchase a Z Ultra with vanilla KK-plus-Sony-proprietary preinstalled?

  12. By Ariel Wilson


    Any plans to ship a Lens-style smartphone attachment for the Xperia Ultra Z?

  13. By micro jubei


    Best news of the year……….I know what to get myself for Festivus!!!!!

  14. By Bill Fan-tastic


    Any possibility for regular Z Ultra owners to flash their phones to GPE?

  15. By Reki Nagato


    What about the time to release the camera fix for bootloader-unlocked Z1 or would any chance for Z1 Google Play edition?

    • By Gabriele Turelli


      Yeah, same here…
      Maybe a Z1 with AOSP and a camera working with unlocked bootloader… Or we need to crack the bootloader like we did for the X10?

      Sony, give us a statement about this.