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Sony Xperia Z1 Android 4.4 update confirmed alongside additional handsets

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Sony has confirmed the Sony Xperia Z1 will be getting an Android 4.4 KitKat update, along with a host of other handsets.

A week after Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat, Sony has revealed its upgrade plans for the Xperia Z1 and other high-end handsets.

The Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 will all be getting the Android KitKat update, but Sony hasn’t yet outlined any time-frames.

The Japanese electronics manufacturer did say that the aforementioned devices will make up “the first raft” of updates, suggesting that more devices will be upgraded to KitKat in the future.

Sony also revealed that a number of handsets would also be getting an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update “from next month”.

These are: the Xperia T, Xperia TX, Xperia V, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1.

HTC has also confirmed its plans for Android 4.4 updates, with unlocked HTC One handsets getting the latest Android edition within 30 days of Google’s announcement. Network locked versions will get Android KitKat within 90 days.

Android 4.4 KitKat Features

Launched alongside the Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat introduces a load of minor changes over Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, rather than a huge UI overhaul.

When on the Google Now screen or home screen, you can now say “OK Google” to launch voice search, send texts or access other smartphone features.

Google has also slimmed down the memory footprint of Android KitKat so that it only requires 512MB of RAM to run, making it more compatible with lower-end, budget handsets. Memory optimisation has also increased multitasking capability in KitKat.

There’s a new Hangouts app in KitKat too, which replaces the original messages app. It collates all messages from a single contact in one conversation – regardless of whether it’s an email, SMS, MMS or other chat format.

Next, read our iPhone 5S vs Sony Xperia Z1 comparison.

David Avila

November 7, 2013, 6:41 pm

I don´t understand. Why make the jump to 4.3 and then 4.4 when Sony can make the jump directly to 4.4? I mean, the 4.3 was announced in June, 4.4 is already out, so why bother with that update to 4.3?

Nate Ebner

November 8, 2013, 1:53 pm

I agree it is crazy Dav. I guess they don't want to waste the work their engineers have already put into 4.3, but in reality all they are doing is wasting more of their time. And Sony aren't the only ones. Still waiting for 4.3 for my HTC One, and they've promised 4.4 within 90 days.

Trev

November 9, 2013, 2:26 pm

Hi Can anyone help me please. I have a Pipo S3 7" tablet which is my first tablet and its okish. I appreciate it is noway up to the tablets specs discussed here. Currently it is running on 4.1.1 Jelly bean. My question is can I update to the latest or near latest andoid system? What do I have to do, is there a forum that could help?

Andreas Skavikeng

November 12, 2013, 5:11 pm

We cant expect Sony to deliver 4.3 or 4.4 upon release from google.
Sony first recieves 4.3 from Google, then they can start to make their own alterations to it and opptimize those alterations. So what we can expect is a 6 month delay from release by google before it will be in our handsets.
So its not that strange that google releases 4.4 and Sony releases 4.3 to their handsets at the same time.
If you want an uppgrade on par with google`s releases, get a nexus :)

Nate Ebner

November 12, 2013, 6:14 pm

Think you missed the point.
We get that there'll be a delay from Sony, and all the non Google made devices. But why keep working to bring out 4.3, when 4.4 is ready. If it was basically ready that is one thing, but it isn't, and so all it does is make you wait longer for the latest version.

Andreas Skavikeng

November 12, 2013, 6:31 pm

Well that kind of was my point, the engineers at sony have just completed the optimization of timescape for 4.3,
If they where to scrap that work and start working on 4.4 we still would have to wait aprox 6 months for it.
If you want 4.4 faster head over to XDA and see if they have managed to port a 4.4 Rom yet. if not it deffinatly wont take too long. Just dont expect that everything works flawless.

mothergoose85

November 13, 2013, 1:58 pm

I've got the 4.3 update on my O2 HTC One Nate Ebner - it's just some small improvements (well...changes, not all of them are better).

You can see why they've done it though, 3 months to wait for 4.4, people would be bitching about being on 4.2 still...although like you say, Google should give them access to the ROM pre-release, so with that in mind, why isn't it ready mere days after the stock release?

I'm going to be turning mine in to a Google Edition over xmas so I can have stock Android and OTA updates.

Nate Ebner

November 13, 2013, 8:52 pm

How do you go about turning into a Google Edition? I'd heard they were considering giving users that option, but never heard if it came to fruition.

mothergoose85

November 15, 2013, 9:47 am

Sadly it's not an officially supported process - it involves rooting the device and flashing the ROM (which I have never done before) but the delightful thing is you can flash it with the Google Edition ROM. This means, as long as you change your device ID, you can get the OTA updates as well.

I can ping you the instructions if you fancy it?

Rob

January 2, 2014, 4:49 am

Hi I upgraded my Sony Xperia Z1 to Android 4.3 and now my WiFi is not working. Has anyone else had similar problems?

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