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KitKat rolls out for Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra - more coming soon
Sony Xperia Z1 Hardware Sony 2 min read 2 comments

KitKat rolls out for Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra - more coming soon

Sony has just begun rolling out Android 4.4 for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra, with the Xperia Z, ZL, Tablet Z and ZR getting the KitKat treatment from mid-Q2. Of course, you'll have to wait for your particular carrier to push the update to you and this can sometimes take weeks to spread to everyone, but the flood gates have opened, and a whole lot of Sony devices are going to be rocking 4.4 real soon.

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The Xperia Z2 will soon be joined on KitKat by the Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra. / © AndroidPIT

Sony is promising some new experiences on KitKat for Xperia owners, including the usual performance and UI optimizations, a tweaked status bar and quick settings, PlayStation 4-esque UI and downloadable UI theme packs to add a whole new layer of cool to your device. There's also all new versions of the Sony suite of apps: Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and all of Sony's media apps like Walkman, album and movies, which will now work with Sony's cloud integration service.

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Both the Z1 Compact (left) and Z1 will get the new PlayStation 4 styled Sony UI. / © AndroidPIT

Sony rounded out the announcement with the timeline for the second-wave devices mentioned above, as well as the confirmation that Android 4.4. KitKat will indeed become available on the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2, but the timelines and further details for these devices will come later. There are also no details on which countries will be affected.

Besides the Sony-specific features, you'll also get all the standard Android KitKat features we've previously reported on. Is your device on the list? Are you happy with Sony's update process?


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  • Why 0 why does Sony choose to put these HUGE bezels on there devices. :Attention: more screen..less bezels as possible. Outcome = VICTORIOUS!

    • Whenever I look at Sony's Omnibalance design on smartphones I feel like I'm looking at a tablet, not a smartphone. Smaller bezels would be nice...