Europe gets a lot of nice things first that we don’t. Whether it’s interior design, Porsche’s, or just the prettiest models this side of the Milky Way, it always seems to have the lead example. Unfortunately for us, yet again, the same can be said for the Android 4.2.2 update for the Sony Xperia ZL, as that’s exactly where it’s headed first.

When we reviewed the Sony Xperia ZL we were extremely satisfied with its hardware performance, satisfied by its nice screen, but walked away slightly disappointed in its battery performance. It’ll be very interesting to see if Android 4.2.2 does anything to fix the battery performance, but we imagine that in terms of helping it move along faster and more efficiently, it’ll be all game and more.

Probably the most ironic part about the Xperia ZL getting the 4.2.2 update is that it’s actually getting it before the Xperia Z, which has been on the market longer on its current firmware. On the Xperia ZL, you’ll see an update to version 10.3.A.0.423, which will bring with it updates to Sony’s apps for media, and also some enhanced screen widget function, and most importantly, the ability to use 64GB microSD cards.

The Xperia ZL shows just how far Sony has come since its Ericsson days (Anyone remember those!?). But more importantly, with the Android 4.2.2 update, it can finally keep head to head with its competitors from Samsung, HTC, and LG. Although it’ll need some further fine tuning in the next generation to have everything absolutely perfect, we’re quite pleasantly surprised by how quickly Sony has launched this update.