Sony to unveil update plans for its smartphones this week, Android 4.4 still in development

by: Adam KoueiderNovember 4, 2013

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While Samsung and HTC have been busy updating their flagships (and even last year’s flagships) to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Sony has been relatively silent on that front. The Sony Xperia Z1 has been languishing on Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean since it was launched, and Sony’s previous flagships have also been stuck on Android 4.2 and 4.1.

Finally, Sony has decided to speak up via it’s official Twitter account SonyMobileNews. Sony claims that it will unveil its update plans for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the newly released Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as some product news and more.

In the thread, SonyXperiaGB, the official Sony Twitter account for the United Kingdom, claimed that they couldn’t tell us which devices would be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat as it was “still under development”.

While Sony has never been the fastest OEM at updating its devices, it has a reasonably good track record of eventually updating its devices, and we hope to see Sony take a more aggressive role at updating its devices in the future.

We’ll be back with more news as soon as it becomes available.

Are you unimpressed with Sony’s update speeds or are the improvements in Android 4.3 and 4.4 negligible enough for you to not care?

  • MattHail

    Hope that LG also working on software updates..

  • MattHail

    Hopefully LG also working on the software update for their flagships..

  • ProudToBePinoy

    Z Ultra please ^_^

  • Luka Mlinar

    Nothing new with Sony being slow when it comes to updating their headsets. There is also an issue of the limited number of of updates their phones get. That added to the amount of bloatware their phones have is off-putting. To me at least.

    • alexwhowhat

      Actually Sony hardly put ANY bloatware on their devices and I don’t really care about the update, I bought the Z1 for what it is not what it couldbe …

      • Luka Mlinar

        Well my phone is loaded with sony crap. Right now i got com.sonyericsson.warrantytime, com.sonyericsson.lockscreen.uxpnxt, com.sonyericsson.usbogt and a ton of other sony services running in the background.

        • I’m pretty sure the lockscreen and USB OTG are not crap…

          The stuff they have is nothing compared to what you get on a HTC or Samsung/LG device, but Nexus devices always have the best performance.

  • Anonymous

    Update the 2011 lineup also. :P

  • LeWest

    Does anyone know if there will be an update for Xperia S as well?

    • Jack Parker

      No xperia S update. Although there are many 4.2 custom roms

    • Adam Koueider

      Almost sure that there won’t be one. Qualcomm dropped support for the drivers in the Snapdragon S3, so there’s no Android 4.2.2 drivers for Sony to use so it’s not really Sony’s fault.

      • LeWest

        I agree that it may not be Sony’s fault, but it still makes me want to buy from some other manufacturer. I mean, it’s a phone released in 2012 and one year after the OS updates are discontinued? Something’s not right with qualcomm or sony (for not pushing them to support future drivers.).

        • Cristi13

          It’s also sony’s fault fir choosing an outdated processor for xoeria s

    • Pritish

      Hopen they also push it to my Xperia Play. It has been 3 years and the phone is still running GB. But as you said, Sony eventually updates most of its phones.

  • Caelum Cunnane

    I don’t care about a 4.3 update, because there isn’t any major differences, but I do hope that 4.4 Kit Kat is sped along and out for a lot of Xperia devices.

    • aakash

      i agree broo

  • pradeep

    i wish we could get android 4.4 on Xperia S better late than never :)for me 4.1.2 is really cool :)

  • Groud Frank

    I will be looking closely at when Kit Kat is pushed out to devices and how many devices get the update. I will know exactly which OEMs to stay the hell away from when I look for a new device.

  • Brendon Brown

    I wonder if the Xperia Z will get 4.4 ?and I also wonder if low end devices will get 4.4 for the support that kitkat gives to low end devices?

  • Laszlo

    I hope Xperia J gets 4.4 cause now it’s not a too fast device but if older devices can get is maybe it will help it!

  • OliverNetworkInc

    sony fails. from first time i did got my hands on sony xperia x10 i hear’d (only 3 updates but new update nonstop for 2012-13 models) like wtf.. they didnt even change nothing almost on 2.3.3 . and on 2.3.4 they put screenshot option. wtffff my next phone is samsung s4! fu sony!

  • Mhar Jayson Cortez

    Are they planning to update xperia v? Or is it like the xperia s? I just want anyone to answer thanks :)

  • Leonardo Rojas

    Something is clearly wrong with the CEO of Sony… So slow and forgetful about updating and supporting its devices…and yet want Sony to be the third biggest smartphones maker… Is he senile already??????
    I hope they don’t forget about the ZL. I’m stuck with a locked boot loader and can’t use deeper tweaked ROMs, so I’m hopping to receive the official 4.4 update, that will make my day when it arrives.
    Stupid Sony, my next device will be a Samsung… with a Sony UI. Hahaha

  • ankit

    plz make an update for xperia c as well.If possible make it a 4.4 update!!!

  • aakash

    xperia c k liee aayga 4.4 kitkat??