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.