KitKat 4.4 rolling out to Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact

Yesterday Sony announced that it will be rolling out the latest Android 4.4 software to its three biggest smartphones. The update has been coming down to handsets from yesterday, but as with most updates this will depend on the carrier and region of the smartphone.

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact will all be receiving the Android KitKat 4.4 update in the coming weeks.

Sony has listed the following major changes that the KitKat update will bring to the Z1, Z1 Ultra and Z1 Compact:

  • 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
  • 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, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and…
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration  – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more!

So along with the KitKat changes, Sony has worked out a load of new features exclusively for their handsets.

The company also announced that following the updates to the three flagship phones it will then be releasing the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR from the middle of Q2 (so April/May time). Following that will be updates to the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2, which will likely be Android Jelly Bean 4.3.

The actual update will be landing on the Sony devices OTA, provided you have automatic updates on) or you can download the Sony PC Companion and try to update it manually (clicking here).