Sony begins roll out of Android 4.4 KitKat for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z

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It’s here, Xperia users! The day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. sony xperia kitkat update Just as promised, Sony Mobile has begun seeding the much awaited Android 4.4 KitKat update to Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z device globally. The KitKat update roll out began last Wednesday, May 21. Here are some of the new treats you can look forward once you update to KitKat, as posted over at the Sony Mobile blog:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing improved performance & user interface (UI) optimisation…
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens. You’ll also spot a revamped Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (also with a fresh new look)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • As you might expect, we’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for one and all… some of our favourites look like:

Messaging – a few UI adjustments here & there, including a slicker “send” animation, and deeper Emoji support for some expressive fun… also worth noting, you’ll find smileys wherever there’s an app with a keyboard :) :)

Email – you’ll be able to both load and see more mails… but don’t fret, navigation of said load is easier with a more responsive viewing pane – split screen modes divide info for easy digest… especially useful / works a treat on Xperia Tablet Z

Smart Social Camera – our social imaging experience makes its debut on our first Z Series devices; a selection of Xperia Camera apps directly accessible from your viewfinder… including personal favourite “Creative Effect”, and more for download to boot!

Battery STAMINA Mode – level-upping our unique power management feature, bringing smarter data management & more for prolonging your juice

  • 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…

This doesn’t mean, though, that the update is now readily available in the Philippines. We still don’t know exactly when it’ll hit local Xperia ‘droids and tablets. That said, news of the KitKat update for select Sony Xperia droids beginning its global tour should be good enough for now.

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