Sony rolls out Android KitKat update for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra; reveals update roadmap

Sony has confirmed the Android 4.4 KitKat update, which updates the platform and brings several other improvements for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. The company has also promised to roll out Android KitKat update for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z soon, in the next few weeks. It also plans to Kitkat update for newly-launched Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 in second half of this year.


The update process will take place in phases in India, and users may have to wait as long as two weeks to see the update ready for their phone. Both the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact are relatively new in the market and in the past have received Sony's firmware updates that make the experience better.


Owners of the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra can expect speed and performance improvement after the update. The interface has now been optimised to be in line with Android KitKat design guidelines. You can now quickly access customisation settings for the Quick Settings page and Status bar. Sony also packs in some more Xperia themes and claims to have improved native apps including MyXperia, Smart Connect, TrackID, Smart Social, among others.


The changelog also mentions an enhanced email app (not Gmail), a new answering machine option added in the call menu, a “Take screenshot” entry in the long-press Power menu. Sony has also updated the Calendar app, added a cloud-printing option in the settings menu. In addition, users will be able to choose their default SMS app between the native Messaging app or Hangouts or any third-party app. This is in line with KitKat changes. You will also see new battery icon and supposedly improved battery life thanks to a new version of the Sony Stamina mode software.


The update will also bring along Sony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories cloud service integration for the WALKMAN, Album, and Movies app.

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