Your sardonic source for consumer tech stories

This article was published on May 21, 2014


Sony is rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z

Sony is rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z Image by: AFP/Getty Images
Nick Summers
Story by

Nick Summers

Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Sony is bringing Android version 4.4 KitKat to a number of its devices, including the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z.

The long-awaited firmware update will begin rolling out today in selected markets as part of the company’s “Sony User Experience” upgrade, which includes updated versions of its exclusive apps. These cover messaging, email, a “Smart Social Camera” and the battery stamina mode found on its recent flagships. In addition, Sony’s growing suite of media apps (Walkman, Album and Movies) will be refreshed with a new user interface and faster downloads.

Sony will update the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 starting in July. While the update is undoubtedly a welcome one, it’s clear that Sony is struggling to keep up with Google’s release schedule. Android is already up to version 4.4.2 and we’ll likely see the next major revision at Google I/O in June.

Still, something is better than nothing, right?

Read Next: Everything you need to know about Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat

Sony Mobile [Blog Post]

Image credit: SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

Did you know we have a newsletter all about consumer tech? It’s called Plugged In – and you can subscribe to it right here.

Also tagged with