Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z getting the KitKat treatment



Android 4.4 KitKat was announced last year yet some devices were still awaiting the chocolate flavoured bits via a firmware update. Fast forward 6 months later and most handsets from major manufacturers have already jumped onto the KitKat bandwagon, well except for a few devices like most of the 2013 Xperia devices.

Sony had promised to upgrade the Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z and it looks like the company kept its word. The Android 4.4.2 KitKat builds are now live and seeding internationally. As always, expect upgraded Sony core apps (Walkman, Album, Movies to name a few), improved performance, bug fixes and more importantly all the Android KitKat goodies!

The second update wave for other 2013 Xperia devices is scheduled for July, devices concerned are the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2.

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing improved performance & user interface (UI) optimisation.
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens. You’ll also spot a revamped Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (also with a fresh new look)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need.
  • As you might expect, we’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for one and all… some of our favourites look like:
    • Messaging – a few UI adjustments here & there, including a slicker “send” animation, and deeper Emoji support for some expressive fun… also worth noting, you’ll find smileys wherever there’s an app with a keyboard :) :)
    • Email – you’ll be able to both load and see more mails… but don’t fret, navigation of said load is easier with a more responsive viewing pane – split screen modes divide info for easy digest… especially useful / works a treat on Xperia Tablet Z
    • Smart Social Camera – our social imaging experience makes its debut on our first Z Series devices; a selection of Xperia Camera apps directly accessible from your viewfinder… including personal favourite “Creative Effect”, and more for download to boot!
    • Battery STAMINA Mode – level-upping our unique power management feature, bringing smarter data management & more for prolonging your juice
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more…

via Sony Blogs