Last year, Sony promised that a 5.0 update would reach all members of the Xperia Z line. Additionally, they promised an update for the Z2 and Z3 in the first quarter of 2015. If you are an Xperia Z3 user, you’ve been likely been waiting, agonizingly, for the Lollipop 5.0 update to your phone. Fortunately, new developments guarantee a rollout of the update later this month. Specifically, the WiFi Alliance certified the Z3 on Lollipop, with the certification date of February 16. That date is a sure sign of a release later this month.

It’s been a long time coming for Xperia Z3 fans who have had nothing but KitKat features to talk about for sometime. Apart from the usual white and transparent status and navigation bars, immerisve mode, full screen album art from the lock screen, new emoji faces, new location menu and smoother ROM, there was nothing much apart from bug fixes coming in the last stages.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

The update will most likely occur with a staggered release, meaning that the update will hit different groups of Xperia Z3s at different times. You will receive a notification informing you of the update once the release reaches you. If you would like to check yourself, manually, then tap Settings – About Phone – Software Updates – Check Now. As long as you’re still running the stock Xperia ROM, you will attain the update sometime in the next month or so.

Now Xperia Z3 fans have a bevy of new features to look forward to owning, including the new material design UI and app drawer, a new battery saver mode that gives up to 90 minutes extra battery, Android Beam, Android RunTime replacing the Dalvik for a smoother ROM, smart notifications with lock screen notification features and more.

As usual, we’ll let you know when it officially starts rolling out and what features are coming in the Lollipop apart from the ones we listed above. Furthermore, some devices are already running Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and 5.0.2 Lollipop so there’s a chance that Sony elects to skip the 5.0 and roll with one of the later stages with bug fixes included. We won’t know what the Japanese phone maker brings until the release.