In most people's minds the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z are the three leading Android smartphones on the market right now.
So with both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One having been given the Google Edition treatment recently, it's little surprise that Sony's flagship is now also being linked with a bit of plain Android Jelly Bean action.
Whether it's a legitimate rumour or just an educated guess remains to be seen, but Android Geeks says not only is the Google Edition Xperia Z real, it's set to be announced to the world as soon as next month.
The site's source is a loose-lipped “Sony insider”, who says despite the existence of an Android Open Source Project to install stock Android on the Xperia Z already, Sony feels ordinary consumers would prefer a handset that has vanilla Android pre-loaded, especially given the AOSP version won't get the latest Android firmware updates.
The source says otherwise it'll be the exact same Sony Xperia Z that's available presently.
The bad news is it'll only be sold through Google Play, and only in the US. Ah well, at least there's still the AOSP option, eh?