JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has revealed which of its phones will be upgraded to Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system following its rollout of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that will begin next month.
In a blog post on Thursday, Sony announced that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 will all be upgraded to Android 4.4 Kitkat, although it remained typically quiet about availability details. It is likely, however, that SIM-free handsets will receive the update first, with operators having to test the update before releasing it.
Don't write Sony an angry email if your phone isn't on the list yet, as the firm has said that this will be "the first raft" of phones to receive the update, hinting that there will be more to follow.
Before they are bumped to Android 4.4 Kitkat, however, Sony will first roll out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to the aforementioned handsets, as well as the Xperia ZR, Xperia SP, Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia L. Sony has said that rollout will begin in December, which likely means that Android 4.4 Kitkat won't be released to its handsets until next year.
Android 4.4 Kitkat was unveiled alongside the Nexus 5 last month, and will bring some new features to Sony's smartphone lineup. These include a redesigned user interface, an updated Hangouts app with SMS integration, an improved dialer with smart Caller ID, and enhanced cloud storage integration.