Sony has begun to roll out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat version to their previous year?s lineup of Xperia devices. Models set to receive the update are the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. Last March, Sony brought the KitKat firmware to newer handsets such as the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra and announced that they intend to bring it to the aforementioned models in the middle of this year?s second quarter. It looks like Sony is keeping its promise.
Although the roll out has already begun in some areas, Sony mentioned in their blog post that worldwide release dates of this firmware update will vary depending on the specific market and carrier. In the same post, they enumerated all changes that will be included in the new version of Google?s open source firmware. They also announced that aside from the Android OS, there will also be significant improvements to their native apps.
The update will bring KitKat?s comprehensive and smooth user interface (UI) to their Xperia models. Users will enjoy a refurbished, more customizable quick settings & status bar, along with new UI animations that can be observed upon launching different apps. If you own a PlayStation 4, you might be familiar with the PS4-ish animation and live wallpaper across the home and lock screen.
As for Sony?s native applications, the Messaging and Email app have both undergone quite a renovation. Enhanced Emoji support and UI tweaks are integrated with the Messaging app. The home-grown Email application is updated so as to accommodate a split screen mode for easier viewing ? this feature is especially handy for Tablet Z users. Users will also be able to view more email threads in a single page.
Other native apps that got restructured are the Smart Social Camera and Battery Stamina Mode. The latter is upgraded to prolong battery life by using a smarter data management algorithm. Sony?s own media applications such as Walkman, Albums and Movies are now incorporated in the company?s media cloud service, Sony Entertainment Network, in order to offer a more converged and intuitive entertainment experience.
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