Xperia Z2 gets an update – Android 4.4.4, Remote Play, Camera app updates, and more

Xperia Z2 gets an update – Android 4.4.4, Remote Play, Camera app updates, and more
Just a week ago, Sony finally released the Remote Play app for the Xperia Z3 family of devices, but also promised that the feature will soon also be enabled for the Z2 and Z2 Tablet – something that has long been rumored. Well, today Sony honored its promise and released an update, which brings a lot more to the Z2, than just game streaming.

Acknowledging that the device is still far from obsolete, this newest update brings the Z2's Android version up to 4.4.4 (from 4.4.2) and ports over most of the Z3's exclusive features, so owners of the 6-month old flagship don't feel left out of the party.

So, Remote Play is first in the list, as it has become a hot topic among gamers and techies lately. It is an app, which allows one to play their PlayStation 4 games remotely – you can be in the other room, or in the cafe across the street, bust out your Xperia phone or tablet and stream some of your favorite PS4 games directly from your home console. Yes, theoretically – it's possible to play this over the Internet, though, most of the times the app will either not let you (due to slow speeds), or your experience will just not be satisfying. Remote Play is advertised as a home-usage app, as linking your mobile device with your PS4 over Wi-Fi will give you much better speeds and network stability.

Secondly, the Z2 gets some of the newer flagship's audio perks – Hi-Res audio playback as well as Sony’s DSEE HX technology, which should help restore the audio quality of over-compressed files. It also gets optimized settings profiles for various Sony headsets.

The camera app also gets some Z3 love – Sound Photo, AR Fun, Multi Camera, and Face In modes will now be available on Z2 handsets and tablets, too.

Smart Screen Rotation – a feature, which lets the phone determine whether you are lying on the sofa / bed and prevent the screen to rotate to landscape mode, allowing for uninterrupted reading and browsing. The Record Screen feature is also thrown in – it allows one to effortlessly record videos of whatever they are doing on their Xperia – helps for easy tutorial making or gaming skill bragging.

The Battery Stamina Mode also gets updated to the latest version, but, more importantly, the Z3's Ultra Stamina Mode will now be available on the Z2 as well.

Lastly, Sony also ported over the Z3's ability to unlock itself when a recognized Bluetooth accessory is within proximity. To say it another way – one can unlock their phone by just bringing it close to their SmartBand, SmartWatch, or even a bluetooth headset – as long as it has been previously authorized by the user.

Well, it's good to see Sony not abandoning the last generation of Xperia flagships. Basically, if a Z2 owner does not insist on their handset to be in copper, their current Xperia should still feel fresh and adequate.

source: Sony via Phone Scoop

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Xperia Z2 Tablet
  • Display 10.1" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Camera 8.1 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6000 mAh



1. DerekLui

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Great news from Sony!

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

To PHONEARENA, plz make battery life test between Z2 and Z3 after this update. As the Z2 has a 3200mah battery and Z3 has 3100mah battery. It would be really interesting as The specs are equally similar.

2. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

very nice!!

3. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Gooooooood job

4. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Got 4.4.4 with almost all the above features on my Z ultra before I got 4.4.4 on my 2012 nexus 12.

5. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Live on YouTube is not Z3 exclusive.i already had it on my Z2 and no i didn't download ported version

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, that was slow considering that Z1 Compact got this update 2 or 3 months ago.

10. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

No it didn't get the same update. Yes its at 4.4.4. But allot of z3 options are missing. The 2 important ones are remote play and dsee hx. The z1 series don't have those and probably won't get it. I think sony waited for the remote play to be live. so that people with the z3 series could use it from the start and the z2 series get it a bit later.

7. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

sony needs serious UI overhaul.

8. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

samsung needs hardware overhaul, apple needs freedom overhaul, microsoft needs windows store overhaul, htc needs camera overhaul, blackberry needs company overhaul... So what?, just get whatever you like... no phone is perfect, they just suit you better in your specific-personal needs

17. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

After the update the UI is extremely close to stock Android, app drawer icon, fonts, size of icons... If you don't like this UI, you probably don't like stock Android...

11. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Unfortunately, the "Live on YouTube" option remains a Z3 exclusive. Lol... It seems that Paul.K did not know some of the features of the Xperia Z2. FYI at first Live on YouTube is available exclusively for the Xperia Z2. And as far as i know right now the Live on YouTube is also available for the Z1.

15. paul.k

Posts: 296; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Thank you for pointing that out

12. oister85 unregistered

The purple back cover is so nice

14. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Updating now!

18. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Here's what the update brings

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