Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, Z1 Compact Official Android 4.4.2 KitKat Rolling Out! More than 15 Improvements Added

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By Ryan Inoyori | March 20, 2014 1:08 PM EST

Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact are now receiving Android 4.4.2 KitKat update which enhances various system apps including camera experience, stability and battery life.

Sony Xperia Z1 KitKat Update

Android 4.4.2 KitKat build number 14.3.A.0.681 is now seeding live for Xperia Z1 smartphone. It brings heavy-packed improvements on the camera app, email app, user interface, wallpapers, themes and launcher.

1.      Update camera application with tuning of camera experience

2.      New camera resolution of 15.5 MP in 16:9 landscape ratio

3.      Enhanced email application

4.      More intuitive and customisable status bar and Quick Settings

5.      Same launch animation and live wallpaper as with Sony PlayStation 4 for lock screen and home screen

6.      Updates across all Sony native apps

7.      Updated Sony media apps

8.      More intuitive user interface

9.      Faster download speeds on Sony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories

10.  Answer machine enabled

11.  Screenshot on the power button

12.  Optional switching of messaging app between stock and Hangouts

13.  Battery icon revamped

14.  Switching at the drop down menu between notification and Quick Settings

15.  Touch block now included in Small Apps

16.  Calendar app upgraded

17.  Transparent status bar

18.  Stability and performance enhancements

19.  Battery life optimised

Sony Xperia Z Ultra KitKat Update

Owners of Xperia Z Ultra are also receiving live update of Android 4.4.2 KitKat with build version 14.3.A.0.681. It is now seeding across European regions such as France, Germany, Sweden and UK.

1.      Overall tuning of the camera app and experience

2.      Enhancements on the email app

3.      More intuitive and customisable status bar and Quick Settings

4.      Sony PlayStation 4 adapted launch animation and live wallpaper on lock screen and home screen

5.      Updates on all Sony native and media apps

6.      Improvements on the UI and download speed of Sony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories

7.      Built-in answering machine supported

8.      Easy switching between notifications and Quick Settings

9.      Small App now supports touch block feature

10.  Updated calendar app

11.  Simple Home launcher included

12.  Transparent status bar

13.  Power key supports screenshot

14.  Hangouts and stock messaging default options

15.  Redesigned battery icon

16.  Various stability and performance upgrades

17.  Longer battery life

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact KitKat Update

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is also getting the same Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware with build version 14.3.A.0.681 and kernel version 3.4.

1.      Major improvements on the camera app

2.      Changes on status bar and Quick Settings

3.      Sony PlayStation 4 based lock screen and home screen launch animation and live wallpaper

4.      Sony native and media apps updated

5.      Faster download speeds and more intuitive interface for Sony Entertainment Network and PlayMemories

6.      Answering machine is now supported

7.      Screenshot option is back on the power key

8.      Option to choose default SMS app: stock or Hangouts

9.      New battery icon

10.  Switch notifications and Quick settings on the drop down menu

11.  Small App features touch block

12.  New calendar app

13.  Status bar is now transparent

14.  Stability and performance improvements

15.  Longer lasting battery life than previous firmware

Unfortunately, certain exclusive camera modes from Xperia Z2 didn't make it on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for Xperia Z1, Z UItra and Z1 Compact including 4K video and Timeshift video recording.

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