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Sony Xperia Z rumored to get the Google Nexus treatment

Sony Xperia Z Google Nexus Edition
Google Nexus Edition by subtraction of bloated UI features

The Sony Xperia Z is already a TechRadar-recommended smartphone, but the Android device's interface may get even better thanks to a report that says a Google Nexus edition is on the way.

Sony and Google have teamed up to develop a Google Edition of the LTE-equipped smartphone, according to anonymous Sony sources who spilled the goods to Android Geeks.

The Google Nexus version of the Xperia Z is speculated to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a step up from the phone's current Android 4.1 version.

Google could also use the water-resistant and dustproof phone as a way to demo its expected Android 4.3 OS release, but that remains speculation.

Pure price to pay

The Sony Xperia Z Google Nexus, if the report is accurate, will cost $599 (about UK£393, AU$621) in the Google Play Store after it is announced in July.

While that's a steep price, it won't have a two-year carrier contract attached to it, just like previous Nexus phones.

The Xperia Z would join recently Nexified phones like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 in running a stock Android operating system at a contract-free higher initial price.

Sony and Google have not responded to TechRadar's request for a comment on the as-it-stands unconfirmed Nexus version of the Sony Xperia Z, but we will update this story if when the companies get back to us.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.