Back at the start of the month, Sony dropped a bombshell for many of its Android users: if you weren’t rocking an Xperia Z-series phone, you weren’t going to get Android 5.0 Lollipop. No sooner had we started panicking than Sony looked like it might be reconsidering things, backing away from its hard “no,” and instead taking a “no comment” approach. We weren’t quite sure what to make of that, but now we’ve got some additional evidence to check out, with signs of a Lollipop update for a non-Z model arriving via official source.
We’re talking about the Bluetooth SIG, which posts notices of software updates for devices with Bluetooth support. Right now we see an advisory concerning what’s described as Sony’s “Tianchi Update to L.”
We first heard that Tianchi codename back in the fall of 2013, only later to see the hardware launch as the Xperia T2 Ultra phablet (above). And that “update to L” language is pretty unambiguously a reference to Android Lollipop.
So, clearly Sony has developed a Lollipop update for the Xperia T2 Ultra. Will it actually release it to the public? We’d sure like to believe so – and why bother with the Bluetooth SIG if it’s not going to – but as of yet Sony’s yet to confirm its intentions. Until it does, this sure looks like cause to be optimistic.