Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra KitKat updates now rolling out, says Sony
Major software update for Z1 series devices also brings new Sony UI
Sony has announced the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra, starting today. The new firmware also includes updated Sony apps, such as Walkman, Album and Movies, and a refreshed UI — likely similar to what we've seen on the Xperia Z2. That's in addition to standard KitKat features like immersive mode and built-in cloud printing support.
We're not yet seeing the update on any of our devices, and Sony reminds us that rollout timing will vary depending on market and carrier, as per usual. So there many be a bit of wait before all devices are fully up to date.
Next up, The manufacturer says the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z are due to get Android 4.4 from mid-Q2. And the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 have also been added to the list for KitKat updates, though there's no firm timetable for those devices just yet.
Source: Sony blog
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Anyway, good to know the roll out had started though I think Sony has room to improve their update process. And I hope their new focus on mobile leads to that.
I know that in the US people don't have much of a perception about how Sony products do because you have a very carrier-centric market, but here in Europe, Sony phones are really popular and the Z1C is doing quite well.
Since the only criticism it's getting is exactly the little things they fixed on the Z2 - like the anti-shatter-screen - I'm quite positive they'll be releasing the Z2 Compact within the next 5 months ;P And I can wait. Nokia is still around. Only when the damn deal with Micro$oft is done and Nokia leaves the scene will I be leaving them (after 15 years). So I have plenty of time to wait for Sony's Z2C or to see what else is coming later to the Android scene from other OEMs that aren't Samsung ;)
I wish Sony would make their inbuilt apps ChromeCast compatibale, otherwise folk will stick with their media providers that ARE. I'd like to 'cast' my walkman music via chromecast. I'll see if I can make it work!
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