Sony has just announced software upgrades for three of their biggest smartphone launches. Specifically, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Sony Xperia Z1, and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact will all be getting Android 4.4 KitKat starting today, though exact timing will be subject to your carrier and region. So what’s new?
- Tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings
- New PS4-like user interface with new launch animations
- Facelifts to several apps, including Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera, Walkman, and more
- Xperia Themes with over 280 themes to customize your phone with
Sony’s also committing to a mid-Q2 2014 window for upgrades to the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, and Sony Xperia Z4. Finally, they’ve also confirmed plans to bring Android 4.4 KitKat to the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, Sony Xperia E1 and Sony Xperia M2.
That’s a whole lot of devices, but Sony seems to be up to the task, and today’s sizable rollout proves it. You might be in line for the upgrades if you have an unbranded, unlocked handset, so turn on your WiFi radio and check for it in the settings menu if your particular device fits that mold. Otherwise, be sure to wait for word from your carrier to see when they’ll be looking to push the upgrade out.
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