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Sony Announces Android 4.4 for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra

Android KitKat - Yellow, Red and Green Mascots, KitKat Bridge

It’s been a long wait, but Xperia owners are finally making the jump the Android 4.4 KitKat. Sony announced the news today, detailing the software rollout which includes a few extra features and is limited to the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra for the moment.

The big news is Android 4.4, which offers a speedier performance and takes up less space on your phone. It also offers a few design tweaks, including an updated lockscreen that shows fullscreen album covers when you’re listening to music. Sony is also taking the opportunity to update its own Android UI, including changes to the Status Bar and Quick Settings menu, as well as a new PS4-inspired design. You’ll also get updated versions of all of Sony’s pre-installed apps like Walkman as well as a new set of Xperia Themes Android skins.

Today’s news marks the first step in Sony’s ambitious KitKat plans. The company says it plans to release Android 4.4 for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR in mid-Q2, before bringing the update to the  Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 at an unannounced later date. Of course, this software upgrade still need to be approved by individual carriers, so it could be a while before your phone make the jump to Android 4.4. We’ll keep you updated as individual networks roll out the Xperia update.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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