Getting into the league of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony is launching the Google edition of Sony Xperia Z. The move has left many dubious that Google is boosting Android licensees in order to get rid of the phrase “Android fragmentation.”

Astonishingly, Google proclaimed it would begin peddling the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a Nexus user experience on its Google Play Store. It was an initiative that Google is directing to get its partners to try a new strategy of offering a popular smartphone running stock Android with the added benefit of getting updates when Google releases them.

Of late, HTC is fetching ways to bring stock Android to current HTC One smartphones for users who might favor a Nexus user experience without buying the HTC One Google Edition.

The Waterproof smartphone for $ 599 may hit the shelves in July. Interestingly, it will feature the same 5-inch 1920 x 1080 TFT shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass display, and will be dust- and water-resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and feature 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB cards, 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash with full HD video recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and 4G LTE radio to support AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks in the U.S.


Like Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the Xperia Z will only be originally obtainable in the U.S. We’ll have to wait and for other Android smartphones and tablets Google plans on offering