Sony has announced that it has begun rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to three of its latest high-end devices, the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z Ultra. These devices will be the first Sony phones to get the KitKat treat; the rollout has already started according to the company’s blog post, but it should be a few hours before it starts showing up on devices.
The update brings the standard KitKat goodies, including improved performance, better memory management, wireless printing support, white status bar icons, and the full-screen “immersive” mode, but as usual, Sony has made quite a few changes of its own. There are new versions of the company’s apps such as Messaging, MyXperia, WALKMAN, Album, Smart Social Camera and more, new launch animation and live wallpaper that match the user interface on the PlayStation 4, and a tweaked status bar and quick settings page that’s more customizable. It’s unclear if some of the features from Sony’s upcoming flagship, the Xperia Z2, are included, such as double tap to wake or an improved camera algorithm – probably not, as Sony would likely want to keep these exclusive to the Z2 to drive sales.
Sony also revealed details on the KitKat update for other devices. The Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, and Xperia Tablet Z will get the update from mid-Q2; Sony also added new devices to the update list, including the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1, and Xperia M2, but didn’t mention when the rollout will begin for these phones.