Sony rolls out its KitKat update for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra today

by: Robert TriggsMarch 19, 2014

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Today, Sony has announced that it is to begin rolling out a major Android 4.4 update for its range of Xperia Z devices. First up for the KitKat treatment are the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, and the Xperia Z1 Compact. Sony says that the update is rolling out right now.

Feature wise, the new update will bring Sony’s other handsets more up to date with its new flagship Xperia Z2. The update includes all the Android KitKat features, including performance and UI optimisations, as well as Sony’s own UI tweaks and customized options.

The new update will also bring some changes to Sony’s own first party software. Sony’s native apps will all be receiving their own tweaks and improvements, including the Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, and TrackID apps, to name just a few. Sony will also be integrating the company’s WALKMAN, Album, and Movies applications with its cloud service.

Sony has also detailed its update plans for other devices in its Xperia range. Android 4.4 KitKat will also be heading to the original Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, and the Xperia ZR in the middle of Q2 this year, so in a couple of months’ time. Furthermore, a similar update will also eventually make its way out to the Xperia T2 Ultra, E1, and M2. Sony will detail the features and dates for these other devices a little nearer the update’s release.

Don’t worry if you haven’t received an update notification yet, as Sony is keen to remind us that pushing the update out will take some time, and will depend on your individual market and carrier.

  • Wenz

    How much time could it take given that I live in Malta?

    • Cooterkong

      I updated my z1 yesterday, here in Thailand!

  • el_sur

    Does the update for the Z1 also encompass the Z1S?

  • Abran

    Does this mean the z1S is also getting the update?

  • xperia blog: The features such as double tap to wake, 4k recording and timeshift video will not come to these phones.They are exclusive features of Z2
    This explains why the retention factor of sony is less

    • el_sur

      Where does it say this on the blog? If true, I’m pissed!

    • [A]dri[A]n

      It would be a stupid business decision for them to do that. Who’s gonna buy a Z2 if their Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra have those features already? There would be no reason to buy a Z2. Obviously they weren’t ever gonna do that. The only way that was gonna happen is if the update was released after the Z2 was.

  • guy with guts

    I’m really annoyed by how android updates are dependent on carriers and how they are able to add bloatware in your phone and saddest part is that they are not allowed to do so on iphone.

  • Davo

    Yeah I am still waiting on my 4.3 update here in Australia for my Z1

    • Karl

      That’s down to the telcos here mate, not Sony’s fault

  • Δudie

    I haven’t updated my z1 yet. Is this dependent on the carrier? Philippines, Smart user.

    • Ralph F.

      You can update your phone now. I’ve updated mine earlier. Though it’s sad to admit that ‘tap to wake’ isn’t included.

      • TheMonyo

        Hi, smart postpaid user here as well. How do you manage to update it? Mine, it says, device already has the latest system update, but it is still android jellybean. Ty!

        • Δudie

          I think this roll out is dependable on our carrier which is smart :( too bad.

        • Ralph F.

          Hi kindly check my answer below. Thanks

      • Δudie

        I still don’t have the update. I kept on refreshing my update centre but i got nothing :'((

        • Ralph F.

          Guys chill out. You can’t get the update via handset alone. You have to connect it to your pc companion. Everytime sony releases an update, always check pc companion.

          • Δudie

            Thanks buddy :)

          • Δudie

            I tried via pc as well. Still nothing :'(( *sigh*

  • jai pandya

    this update brings bug in the loudspeaker, when there is an incoming call coming the loudspeaker does not ring and the sound comes from the earpiece.
    i tried hard reset on the phone but still the problem is persistent.

    SONY HELP…..