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Android KitKat hits the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra

By Simon Thomas on 21st March 2014

Android KitKat


If you’ve got a recent Xperia handset then you could be in for a chocolate treat. Sony has announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is now rolling out for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra.

If you’re not seeing the update yet, don’t worry. The exact availability will depend on your market and network, but you should be seeing it any day now, with SIM-free handsets probably getting it first as it won’t have to be cleared by a network.

When you do get the update you’re in for quite a few changes. Obviously KitKat itself will leave its mark with improved performance and a tweaked interface, but beyond that Sony has also packed some features into the update.


For a start all your Sony apps such as Messaging, WALKMAN and TrackID will be updated to the latest versions with the new features and interfaces that go with that. Sony has also improved its status bar and Quick Settings screen and added a new live wallpaper and access to new “Xperia Themes”, which are downloadable UI packs allowing you to further customise the look of your phone.


Unfortunately many of the more interesting features from the Sony Xperia Z2, such as smart call handling and being able to tap the screen to wake it will not be coming as part of the update.

Moving forward the next batch of phones to get the Android 4.4 update includes the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR, with the update scheduled for mid-Quarter 2, so if you’re rocking one of them stay tuned.

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