• Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z1 & Xperia Z Ultra

    By Chris Ward , March 20, 2014 - Leave a comment

    Sony firmware update for Xperia Z1 Compact and other includes 4.4 KitKat

    sony-xperia-z1-compact-sny-xz1cA firmware upgrade is rolling out for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the Sony Xperia Z1, and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which, among other things, includes an update to Android 4.4 KitKat. Older devices have not been forgotten mind you; Sony states that the 4.4 update for Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia ZR will be coming ‘mid Q2’. The forthcoming Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet will of course launch with 4.4 KitKat.

    The update that is now rolling out doesn’t just include an update to Android 4.4, some of Sony’s own developments have been upgraded:

    • That status bar and quick settings have been improved. Sony says that they are now more intuitive, nicer to look at, and will only display the notifications that you truly need.

    • The launch animation and live wallpaper – which are also present on the PlayStation 4 – have been added to the lock and home screens.

    • Sony’s Media apps, WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration, have been upgraded with a better UI and faster download speeds.

    • New Xperia Themes so that you can customise the look of your device. Check the video below for a demo.

    Via Sony Blog

    Chris Ward

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    • Thanks for the update, Mike. There is a caveat on the Sony blog post to say that ‘As usual, timing & availability may vary by market & carrier’, but hopefully it won’t be too long before it hits UK models.

  • Yes Chris, correct. It should hit the SIM Free users first which is ideal for the guys who log into this blog but boy oh boy Sony are taking their time over this.
    Yesterday Canada received 4.4 and today Sweden received the Nordic SIM Free version.
    It could happen for the UK folk soon but as most know the UK are always the last to receive the updates. My Z1 is still waiting for the latest 4.3 let alone 4.4

  • Hi Mike,

    Have you tried plugging it into the PC via PC Companion or Bridge if you have a Mac?

    Seems to be reports that OTA’s are not quite coming through as of yet.

  • If you’ve unlocked your bootloader (made possible officially by Sony), you’ll need to lock it before you can update. After, you can unlock it again.

    And the usual cautionary notification: unlocking your bootloader can have serious bad consequences. Read all the information on XDA developers about it, and be sure to follow the instructions about backing up the TA partition with all the Sony DRM keys etc!

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