By Stephen Schenck | June 5, 2013 4:33 PM
With Google’s program of selling stock Android versions of certain smartphones still very much in its infancy, we still have plenty of questions about just how all this will look. We voiced some of these a little earlier on today, including wondering just how many companies and phones might ultimately be involved. Now one rumor seeks to identify which Android might be next to join the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One, suggesting that Sony will come out with a Google Edition Xperia Z, announcing the phone next month.
As rumors go, this one’s not so far-fetched. Remember, Sony already has an AOSP project for the Xperia Z going. Of course, that raises the counter-question, why bother with a formal “Google Edition” when that stock software is already available?
Well, AOSP may be an option for the Xperia Z as we know it now, but it’s not a great one for every user. The allure of a proper Google Edition would be seeing regular updates pushed out to the phone just like all the other Nexus/GE models, rather than forcing users to go through a bunch of building and flashing – basically, making a stock Android Xperia Z just as accessible as one running Sony’s software.
If any of this is true, we might hope to hear Sony (or even Google) announce its plans in July. Does the idea of a dust- and waterproof Google Edition phone sound appealing, or does the last-generation Snapdragon S4 pro make the phone much less interesting than the Google Edition GS4 or One?