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Sony Releasing KitKat for Sony Xperia Z1 in early February

By Kevin Thomas on 16th January 2014

Xperia Z1 KitKat

Sony's  Xperia Z1 Getting Android KitKat in next 3 weeks

The Sony Xperia Z1 was released in September, 2013 and shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which was fine at the time, but things have now moved on.


Sony confirmed back in mid-December that the Xperia Z1 would receive both an update to Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and Android KitKat 4.4. They began rolling out Jelly Bean to the Xperia Z1 in December, confirming that KitKat was on its way but did not confirm an actual date.


It looks like owners of Sony's flagship smartphone could get the bump to Android KitKat in the first week of February, at least that's according to AndroidSAS’s sources in Japan. Those with SIM free smartphones can expect to get the update first, while those with versions locked to a specific carrier will have to wait for their operator to approve the update.


Their source suggested that KitKat would bring the following benefits to the Z1: changes to Sony’s proprietary user-interface,  improved camera performance, a boost in overall performance along with improved battery STAMINA mode.


Sony have also confirmed which of their other Xperia smartphones that will get Android KitKat and they are the: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Tablet Z. However, a date for release has not been confirmed so far. You can also add the recently unveiled Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to the list.


No news on precisely when Android KitKat will be available to Z1 users in the UK, but we will ask the mobile operators and provide an update here on


Looking to find out more about KitKat?

Our Sony Xperia Z1 Review can be viewed here?

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