Users craving high end devices with Google’s stock Android interface have yet another reason to be happy. If various sources and rumors are to be believed we could have an Xperia Z Google Edition joining the Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Edition handsets very soon.
Multiple sources have now confirmed that Sony too is working on a handset that runs stock Android and will be receiving updates directly from Google. This however should not be confused with Google’s own Nexus program. The specifications of the device will remain the same. Expect to find a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset under the hood paired with 2GB of RAM. Users also get access to 16GB of storage that can be expanded by up to 64GB. The differentiating factor here is the waterproof and dustproof nature of the handset which should make it quite appealing to a certain set of users. Like on other Google Edition devices, Xperia Z centric additions like the Mobile Bravia Engine and infrared port will be diabled. The Android smartphone should go on sale at Google’s Play store shortly and if rumors are to be believed, it’ll be priced at $599. If Samsung and HTC’s Google Edition devices are anything to go by, the Xperia Z Google Edition too will remain exclusive to the US market.
[Via – Android.gs]