Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade rolls out for Sony Xperia M2

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Sony has announced a new software upgrade for folks using the Xperia M2, as well as its dual-SIM variant. This upgrade is bringing us Android 4.4 KitKat, and Sony’s latest user experience is also in tow. Along with all the goodness KitKat brings (which you can get a crash course on right here), you’ll be treated to new quick settings options in the notification bar, a new PS4-inspired user interface, and the latest versions of all of Sony’s unique apps. Here’s the full list of changes as listed by Sony themselves:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • 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
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totalling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app – enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future

You can expect the upgrade to be made available for unlocked, unbranded handsets immediately, though you’re likely in for a bit of a wait if you do your bidding with a specific carrier. The upgrade is also subject to market availability, though Sony hasn’t yet detailed rollout plans. Be sure to check Settings > About Phone on your device to see if it’s available for pulling down. If not, be patient and we’re sure the goods will be on their way before you’re tempted to upgrade to a newer device.

[via Sony]

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