Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compact owners get KitKat updates

Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compact owners get KitKat updates

Sony announced that Android 4.4 KitKatupdates are out for its Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, and Z1 Compactsmartphones. Also, KitKat will grace owners of the Xperia Z, ZL,Tablet Z, and ZR in mid-May, while those owning the older Xperia T2Ultra, E1, and M2 are promised chocolatey goodness as well.



The current Android 4.4 updates offer aserving of KitKat's performance and UI tweaks along with Sony's ownworks on the platform. For example, the Status Bar and Quick Settingsmenus have been reworked to become clearer and more intuitive. Also,the new launch animation and live wallpaper have been borrowed fromthe Sony PlayStation 4 and will up the game for the home andlock-screens. 


Furthermore, Sony's native Android apps, such asMessaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV,Sony Select, Smart Social Camera have received updates as well, whilethe Media apps (Walkman, Album, and Movies) are now integrated withSony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories. The update should bringa better UI and faster download speeds.



Finally, Sony's Xperia Themes withdownloadable UI packs from Sony Select will let you customize up to280 items from the Xperia Android interface in a variety of styles.



If you have received the update, feelfree to share your experience with it.



source: XperiaBlog via AndroidCentral

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42 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

Z2 Compact?

2. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

yeah noticed that too

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Didn't you hear? The phone is official! Haha jk. Typo on PA's end.

27. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Still use this account too? lol

35. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

if you were talking to me, i somehow got banned on my other one

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still like to know what MODEL IS THE Z1 FOR C6903 model will get the update. i'll wait though but EXCITED

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

They would have just given stock android and few sony touches just like motorola and deliver faster updates. Fail sony. Also the task switcher(nav bar, small apps and close all button) and notification pulldown(notif. and quick sett.) are inefficient space wise.

23. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Have you even used one? I have a Z Ultra and I think Sony's UI is one of the better ones. Most of the enhancements over stock Android are very welcome. Their gallery app is awesome and I actually find the small apps useful.

41. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Sony's UI is FAR better and much more useful than stock Android. It's worth the wait. Other than the Nexus devices, Sony is delivering updates to most of it's phones on a regular basis.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z2 compact? Hehehe. Good job Sony for the updates.

6. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

The ui in 4.4 still looks a lot like 4.2.2. I still prefer TouchWiz in 4.4. Hopefully that my GNote 10.1(2012) will get 4.4 update soon. I can feel the shame when GTab 2 10.1, GNote 8.0, and GNote II have the newer version than my tablet.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Well to be honest, the UI hasn't changed since 2011 or so. Features were added, but visually looks like it did back then. :/

18. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It changed little by little. I still can feel the UI difference between my friend's Xperia Ray(2.3.6) and my dad's Xperia Acro S(4.0.4), though it's still similar.

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Looks are way better than touchwiz and lg no need to improve that. But there are certain things to improve aesthetically but they are turning it worse.

7. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

LMAO, Xperia Z2 Compact! i felt good seeing this because PA loves Sony and typed this too fast....LOL

8. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

And when they say an update is rollin' out now it usually takes 2 months before i get the darn update..

9. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

So many Samtrolls here...

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're not so innocent yourself. You got quite a history yourself bud.

29. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

If you compare the history of mine with that of yours, it seems as if you're comparing the history of America with that of Rome!

32. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

butthurt..

33. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

There's simply no reason for him to be butthurt. So he isn't

36. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I thought he just introduced himself.

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Should we look back on the S5 articles? Didn't think so.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Lg overtook sony in updates lol.

11. adjou

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 06, 2010

Yep, LG overtook Sony by updating two phones a year... Sarcasm

12. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

But still its shame to be defeated from the worst in update business. And back in December i thought march was way too late for kitkat and after this..... meh.

14. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And you're overtaking PapaSmurf in trolling lol.

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

And you're trolling right now. Pot, meet kettle.

37. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Hope to see LG ng overtook sony in profits bleh

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

"while those owning the older Xperia T2 Ultra, E1, and M2"??? They are the newest ones!!

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