Japanese smartphone maker Sony is now rolling out Android KitKat update for its last year's devices, which include Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z. It was back in December 2013, when the company first announced a list of handsets that would receive the update.
To refresh you, all these devices received the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) update back in December last year. Sony rolled out the KitKat update for the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and the Z1 Compact in March. Now it's turn for the new handsets to receive the same update.
In fact, a new list of Sony handsets, which would receive the same update was also leaked a week ago. The company also announced that Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 (and dual variants) would also get the KitKat update starting from July. Obviously, the update's availability depends on the carriers and countries. Thus don't worry if you don't receive it on time. You can always check it manually.
Android KitKat 4.4 update will bring a number of changes in the Sony smartphones. Among all the changes, it will bring performance and UI optimization. Since the Status bar and Quick setting will also be tweaked, it will become more intuitive and customizable.
All these aforementioned handsets will get the latest versions of Sony's entire native apps like new messaging, which comes with a few UI adjustments including a slicker "send" animation, and deeper Emoji support for some expressive fun. Other changes can be seen on email, where you'll be able to both load and see more mails, more responsive viewing pane, split screen modes divide info for easy digest.
You will see a Smart Social Camera, which comes with a selection of Xperia Camera apps directly accessible from your viewfinder.
The Android KitKat update will bring compatibility between smartphones and SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog apps.
Other new features that will be added with the installation of the updates are improved Battery STAMINA Mode that brings smarter data management, Sony's Media apps, new Xperia Themes.