Now that Google has made Android 4.4. KitKat official, it’s that time when we anxiously wait for Android device makers to announce which of their products will be updated to this version of the OS and when. HTC committed to a three-month window for the One but has so far stayed mum on any other models, while we’re expecting to hear something official from Sony soon.
In the meantime, rumors, leaks, and speculation out of Vietnam and China are saying that Sony’s two high-end flagships, the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra will get updated directly to KitKat, jumping right past the last version of Jelly Bean, 4.3.
This obviously makes a lot of sense if Sony wants to get those updates out before the next version of Android gets announced by Google. It takes manufacturers months to develop each update, so releasing 4.3 in the interim would just slow down the development of 4.4 for Sony’s wares (since apparently only one guy is working on all this – or something).
The ‘when’ is still up in the air, though. Hopefully Sony won’t be much behind HTC in this.
Other devices, namely the Xperia Z, ZR, and ZL will however get updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean first, and only then (and presumably much later) will they see the KitKat bits. This is nothing new from Sony, it’s basically how the company’s worked during the past couple of years: delivering few updates to few devices incredibly slowly.
If you’re wondering whether any other Sony handsets will ever get updated to KitKat, these rumors haven’t said anything (neither affirmative nor negative). But we wouldn’t be too hopeful.