Sony today used their official product blog to announce the immediate roll-out of Android 4.4 KitKat for their Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, as well as the Xperia Z Ultra.
Here’s some of the functionality the new update will bring:
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 livewallpaper 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!
Our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles, and more to follow soon…
As is the case usually with updates like this, they tend to go out in phases. Keep on checking for updates to see when it is available in your region.
Sony also added that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, and the Xperia ZR should expect to see the awaited Android 4.4 KitKat bits sometime in mid-Q2.