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These Screenshots Could be Our First Look at Sony’s Take on Android Lollipop

February 24, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Earlier this year, during CES 2015, Sony promised that there were Lollipop updates on their way for the Xperia Z series and presumably the first in line are going to be devices like the Xpera Z3 Compact (pictured above), the Xperia Z3 and the Xperia Z2. We’ve heard a handful of things here and there where the update to Lollipop is concerned, and we could now be looking at the first leaked screenshots of Sony’s touch on Android 5.0 Lollipop. Traditionally, Sony has handled Android with more care than other manufacturers, opting to simply theme things, rather than change how Android itself works. If these screenshots are to be believe, then this trend looks set to continue. We previously covered these as a leak from the Xperia Z4, but we’re taking a closer look at the software here.

Chinese website Digi-Wo apparently has some screencaps of the “Xperia Z4 Dual” which is said to be a dual-SIM variant of the new Xperia flagship, with a codename of “Ivy”. With these screenshots come our first look at a few apps running on Lollipop on Sony’s device. The screenshots included here are of the settings menu, the clock, the about phone page and the dialer. I have an Xperia Z2 here, so I’ll first show you a look at the alleged screenshots from Lollipop, followed by the same apps from my Xperia Z2 running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Anyone that’s spent any time with Lollipop on a Nexus device can see how similar to stock Android these leaked screenshots appear to be and those home buttons match to a previous leak courtesy of Sony themselves. Below is a look at how the same apps look on my Xperia Z2 which is currently running KitKat.

As you can see, the above leaks from Lollipop do look very much like Sony apps, albeit with a fresh coat of paint and the bolder typography we’ve come to expect from Android 5.0. These screenshots could show us that Sony devices for 2015 could be a decent choice if you’re looking for something that doesn’t mess around with Android too too much.