The Sony Xperia Z Is the Latest Rumoured Google Edition Phone

By Sam Gibbs on at

Whether Google's dumping the Nexus line or not, it seems the "Google Edition" series is growing fast. First we had the Samsung Galaxy S4 without all that bloat, then an HTC One with stock Android, and now rumours are circling that we'll get a Sony Xperia Z with Jelly Bean sans skin the way Google intended.

Considering Sony already released the ASOP code for its waterproof flagship, a rumour of a Google Edition isn't all that far-fetched. If the Xperia Z does indeed go stock, direct from Google, that'll mean that basically every flagship Android phone worth looking at will be available as a Google Edition. Apparently it'll be announced sometime in July, but whether it'll ever be available in the UK through Google Play, we don't know.

So far, both the naked-Android S4 and One are US-only, but then it took a while for the Nexus 4 to make it over to the UK on the Play Store, so it might just be a case of sitting patiently and waiting. Either that or going the rooting route and doing stock Android yourself. [AndroidGeeks via Phandroid]