Sony Announces Android 4.4 KitKat Update for Xperia Z Ultra

The latest Android operating system is now available for various Sony Xperia devices including the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, the company announced Wednesday on its official blog.

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According to Sony, some of the changes included are performance and UI optimization; more intuitive Status Bar and Quick Settings; and the new Xperia Themes, which are downloadable UI packs from Sony Select. Media apps such as Walkman, Album and Movies, are now integrated with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service. Sony has also added a sleek launch animation and live wallpaper which resembles the Sony PlayStation 4 across the home and lock screens.

In addition to the Z Ultra, Sony is also rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 compact, though as usual, the timing and availability of the update for the three devices will vary by market and carrier.

The company also revealed that the latest Android update for Xperia Z,Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z will be released in mid-Q2 2014. Furthermore, Sony announced plans to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update for Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 soon.

The official Android 4.4 KitKat change log from Sony is posted below:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation… We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)…cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and livewallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • 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, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and…
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more!
  • Our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles, and more to follow soon…

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