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Sony Rolling Out Android 4.4 KitKat Upgrade for Select Xperia Devices

All hail Android updates. Sony announced this morning that it finalized Android 4.4 Kit Kat firmware for the Xperia Z Utra, Xperia Z1, and Xperia Z1 Compact. According to the company, the update brings performance enhancements, tweaks to Sony’s suite of applications, and the Xperia Themes theming engine.

In terms of specifics, the Android 4.4-based firmware includes “more intuitive” and customizable status bar and Quick Settings. A new UI takes design cues from the PlayStation 4’s OS, with an updated launch animation and live wallpaper. All of Sony’s apps – which includes MyXperia, Smart Connect, TrackID, Sony Select, and the like – have been “improved.” Finally, Xperia Themes has been integrated, allowing Xperia owners to select themes that switch up to 280 UI elements of their respective devices.

Feeling left out, tablet and phablet owners? Don’t worry quite yet. Sony said the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, and Xperia ZR, and Xperia T2 are next in line for the update.

As far as when Xperia owners can expect to see the update, Sony only stated that timing and availability would vary by market and carrier. That’s not exactly reassuring, but we can only hope to see the update stateside sooner rather than later.

Via: Sony
  • raghav

    This update is really the worst…phone lags so much 🙁 and its auto shutting off and on.. tried resetting…nothing is working

  • Ian Dalton

    Does this include the z1s?

    • Aooga

      No, sadly.

  • Johnny Steele

    In other news, everyone else in the world has 4.4 KitKat before the Verizon S4. *cries softly in the corner*

    • EdubE24

      Except my G2…

    • Blue Sun

      And this is why I left Verizon & have had no regrets at all.

  • qudwls6933

    Last year, LG caught up to HTC and even Moto with G2 and N5!!!
    Then Moto went with Moto X and G with 4.4.2 update!!!
    Now Sony is catching up with Z1 compact and Z2 and 4.4 update!!!
    Where’s my 4.4 Verizon S4?? Samsung what’s going on??

  • Mark Colorado

    Seriously!! The Experia gets 4.4 before my Verizon S4!!

    • Milind Shah

      Xperia* also, VERIZON 😛

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      not sure why surprised at this point. Want quick upates? Go GSM/Unlocked.

      • Mike Aurin

        To be fair, the Xperia updates aren’t what i call “fast”.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Even if they were, Verizon wouldn’t care.

    • Mike Aurin

      Dude…we can cry together and ask S Voice why the Kit Kat gods denied us the waffery equality.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Meh. More Z2 please!. When HTC drops next week i’ll have a decision on my hands

    • r0l

      I was all excited to try out the Z2, then I found out (never bothered with Sony phones before) that the Z1 took months to come to the states and only on Tmo as a very high price. So I don’t have my hopes up, but if it does make it to ATT before the Moto X2 it’ll likely be my next.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I’m prepaid GSM so they could release it on the Moon and it’ll be compatible. I buy unlocked.

        • r0l

          My problem is if I get it through ATT it’s free, if I get it unlocked then it comes out of my pocket. Sniff.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Fair point. I sell and buy every few months or so. So it doesn’t affect my pocket that much. I pretty much end up paying what it would cost on contract. Sold my S4 for 450 to get my One. Sold the One for 450 to get the Nexus 5 etc etc

  • Karns

    What about the Z1s?

    • Aooga