KitKat update and refreshed UI coming to Xperia Z, ZR, ZL, and Tablet Z

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 21, 2014

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Sony has begun pushing out a big update to some of its most important devices from last year. The update brings Android 4.4 KitKat, as well as a slew of new features and user interface tweaks.

According to Sony, KitKat on the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z brings better overall performance and UI optimization. But there’s more to the update, which starts rolling out today “in selected markets,” with more to follow in the next weeks.

In the eye candy department, Sony fans will be thrilled to see that a sleek PS4-style launch animation and live wallpapers are now gracing their devices. There’s also a new “revamped” Status and Quick Settings bar that you can customize to better keep tabs on your notifications.

With the KitKat package come updates to several of Sony’s own apps, including Messaging, Email, Smart Social camera, and Battery Stamina mode. The Japanese company promises refreshed animations, smoother operation, and small functionality additions for all of these apps.

Other additions include the Xperia Themes customization center (which totaled two million downloads since it launched earlier this year), cloud integration in Sony’s media apps, and compatibility with Sony’s Smartband wearable device and the Lifelog app.

As for other Sony devices, the company says Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 and their dual variants will begin rolling out in July. More details will be offered as the update approaches.

  • Merson Hoo

    Wow, wish it would be worth the wait. Anytime now people. Anytime

  • Christian Jocef Austria

    I hope they fix the z1 first. Z1 lags a lot after kitkat update . And the camera crash is a unforgivable given that the z1 is a flagship device.

    • joseph carmine nero

      factory reset after every major such issues on mine.or get it replaced

      • Christian Jocef Austria

        I always do that when I update my phone. So I really don’t know what’s the problem, and it’s annoying when my camera crash.

        • joseph carmine nero

          oh.thats aweful then.hope you get it fixed

  • el_sur

    When the hell will the Z1s get kitkat? Come on Sony/T-Mobile!

    • Darcy Myers

      No joke this wait is ridiculous!

      • el_sur

        I’m seriously contemplating selling my z1s and just buying the unlocked Z1 lte at the Sony store. Or just biting th bullet and gettomg the z2

        • Darcy Myers

          I would but money is short. I have two phones I could sell and get something awesome but thinking it will be a Google play addition next time.

  • Sakib Rahman

    Xperia sp?

  • Aibarr

    Is there any news for the Xperia A (SO-04E)?

  • kakashi hatake

    updated my xz kitkat. Great battery life and runs smoothly….love it!!