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Sony kicks off Android 4.4 Kitkat rollout for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact

Update brings PS4-like interface, Xperia Themes
Wed Mar 19 2014, 12:24

JAPANESE PHONE MAKER Sony has started rolling out Android 4.4 Kitkat to its Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact smartphones.

Sony announced on Tuesday that owners of the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z1 Ultra can expect to see an update to Android 4.4 Kitkat soon, with the rollout kicking off today.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony warned that it's a gradual rollout, and said that availability will depend on market and mobile operator, with SIM-free handsets likely to receive the update first.

Still, Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact owners have some new features to look forward to. As well as the usual Android 4.4 Kitkat speed boosts and optimisations, Sony has included a new Quick Settings and Status Bar in the update, and has tweaked its user interface to look more like the Playstation 4 (PS4).

The update also includes Xperia Themes, which allow users to change the entire look of their phone by picking from 280 custom skins.

In addition, Sony boasted that it has refreshed its app portfolio. It said, "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 and Walkman."

Sony also announced that Android 4.4 Kitkat will be coming to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, and Xperia ZR in the second quarter, adding that the update is already in the works for the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2. µ


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