Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra might go directly to KitKat in January, Xperia Z, ZR, ZL getting Android 4.3 first

Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra might go directly to KitKat in January, Xperia Z, ZR, ZL getting Android 4.3 first
Owners of the flagship Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra will be delighted to learn that their devices might go straight to Android 4.4 KitKat in the end of January/beginning of February timeframe, insiders have indicated.

They will skip the jump to Android 4.3 and get the latest directly, but the older Sony phones from this year, such as the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR, are going to get Android 4.3 first, as scheduled by year-end, and then eventually receive the KitKat sweetness.

Sony already tweeted that it will have more news about the Android 4.3 and 4.4 updates this week, so it should be confirming soon whether this rumor about a direct jump to KitKat for the Z1 and Z Ultra will pan out.

source: SonyViet



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Thanks a lot,Sony.Not too bad.How aboit the lower end models?

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I can blame Sony for not bringing z1 in at&t. Sony com'on we r waiting to get z1 in at&t.

2. asmois

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Ohhhh , too late why Sony promise update Z1 in November and now late at January

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

They are probably in the process of putting their own skin on top of that must take some time. I mean it did just come out.

8. thinker

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Who told you that Sony promise to update in Nov? Didn't you follow the news? Sony already confirmed that it won't come in Nov. January is still just a rumor. wait for the official confirmation. :)

24. eagerly

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

It's been all over the web since the announcement by Google. The day was suppose to be November the 7th, never going to be realistic, I just wish more journalists would deliver facts rather than speculation wrapped as facts

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Well this sure sucks. Bought the wrong model guess I should of purchase the Z Ultra.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Should be thankful if they roll it out by March next year ... remember this is Sony ... always LATE ... SIII international version (a phone released before the Sony's BOND Phone) is already getting 4.3.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You're right bout that I'll keep my Z1

3. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

I really would like to see an xperia z2. I'm gonna be upgrading my s3 next year and have my eyes on sony.

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Good eyes. :D

14. MrTzr unregistered

Me too. I currently own the Z and I like it.

6. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

They really offer a lot of useful apps/software when they updagrade into a new version. Compare to others, they just upgrade it to 4.3 with no new features aside from Google offer

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Who are these others who just update to 4.3? Both Htc and Samsung brought major improvements with their 4.3 updates WRT UI, Security, New Apps, new accessory support etc...

12. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

LG!! Hahaha joke

7. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Late Jan/Early Feb? Pretty sure the Htc One, Samsung GS4 and Note 3 will have 4.4 by then anyway. This is why the Z1 and Z Ultra should've launched with 4.3, so that Sony can knock 4.4 out quicker. Launching with an older Android version will always cause a problem as right from the start the phone is playing catch-up. Here we are in November, the older GS4 and Htc One are now on a newer Android version than the brand new Xperia Z1 and LG G2, how embarrassing, and because the Note 3 launched with the latest version at the time, all Samsung have to do is work on the next update, not having to take a complicated route by cancelling 4.3 and skipping to 4.4, as we know, Sony was working on 4.3.

13. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

And then what???

22. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

How you know One, S4 and Note 3 will have 4.4 at that time. HTC and Samsung didnt announced anything.

23. yudi.nemesis unregistered

For now Sony maybe not the fastest when it comes to updates but they keep getting better each time and starting next month Android 4.3 will be available for 10 Xperia phones. And they also officialy announced that Android 4.4 will be available for Xperia Z, ZL, ZU, Z1 and Tablet Z. until today Sony has launched 12 mobile phone/tablets for this year alone, ten of them have received Android 4.2 updates only Xperia M single sim version and SP is still on Android 4.1. Starting next month Android 4.3 will be available for 11 Xperia phone/tablets (8 from this year and 3 from last year) and at first Android 4.4 will be available for 6 Xperia devices. this year samsung has launched more than 39 android devices and keep on counting.... can you tell me how many samsung devices is allready on Android 4.3 and also how many of them that will receives Android 4.4???

10. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Sony skipping to 4.4? Sure, why not?

11. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Seems there in no rush with the Xperia SP 4.3 update. Assuming that's still going to happen of course. If it does, I have a feeling it will be after the Xperia Z at least, maybe even after all of the other Xperias waiting for the 4.3 update.

19. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Don't worry Sony will start rolling android 4.3 for Xperia Z Series, SP, T, TX, and V from next mont.

16. darknight307rc

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Sony has learned from the past...started to push updates much faster than before.. I remember xperia S got its ICS update in 5 or 6 months after it's released now 1 or 2 months is not a big deal especially that the 4.2 on my Z1 is working perfectly bugs free... So why the rush

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sony needs to change is naming scheme. I'm heavily into smartphone industry tracking; I try to familiarize myself with almost every relevant companies product line ups, I even know what the small companies like BLU have on their product portfolio. But Sonys naming conventions are so disjointed that I only have bothered learning the names of three of their phones: the Xperia Z because it was competitive with the HTC One earlier this year, the Z Ultra because it's huge, and I know the Z1 is a refreshed better version of the Z but other than "refreshed and better" the only spec I could name that it has for you is Snapdragon 800. The rest of their lineup is just alphabet soup. A jumbled bunch of Xperia Somethings. Just give them names like all the Galaxy phones. As hated as the Galaxy Light and Galaxy S4 Zoom names are, at least the names are easy to remember and therefore organize into product lineups.

18. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

oh i miss those days (till 2011) when every Xperia have totally different and awesome naming scheme

21. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

z1 has 20.7mp camera, triluminos screen, dual speakers at the bottom and has an aluminium frame. Sony has a very confusing line up thats true but the phones from this year are pretty easy except for a few. Its a bit like the laptop line up from last year. Z = High end S = Mid end E = Low end Z,ZL,ZR,Z Ultra and Z1 are high end SP is mid end E,E dual Low end Hope they keep the same letters next year but like z2 z2ultra etc.

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