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Sony has been doing an admirable job keeping its Android hardware on the latest releases, and today they're bringing KitKat to three of the newest phones in their lineup. The flagship Xperia Z1, the slightly smaller Xperia Z1 Compact, and the super-sized Xperia Z Ultra all get an Android 4.4 upgrade starting now, according to this Sony Mobile blog post.

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We haven't actually seen any updated devices from tipsters, and Sony makes the usual disclaimer that the rollout may vary by location and carrier. (Owners of the T-Mobile branded Xperia Z1s, this means you're going to be waiting for a while longer.) Once users do get the software update, they'll also be treated to a tweaked interface (which takes cues from the PS4, apparently), updated Sony apps, and a few extras, including heavily updated Sony media integration. You could call it an extra or you could call it bloatware, and if you're inclined to the latter, you could disable it in the Apps section of the Settings menu. Sony's 4.4 update across all devices will include the Xperia Themes skinning engine first seen in the Xperia Z2.

Sony also announced that the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z will be next in line for the KitKat upgrade, starting in the middle of the second quarter (read: May). The company also announced that the 4.4 updates will be expanded to the Xperia T2 Ultra, E1, and M2.

Source: Sony Mobile Blog

Update: XDA-Developers member Jozinek posted the following screenshots to the Xperia Z1 Compact board. Spotted via XperiaBlog.

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Michael Crider
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  • SSDROiD

    Question: I am considering buying a combination of the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet. It's important for me to have a new Android version within a reasonable time of release. Have specifically international users who have bought one of the Z flagships/tablets been satisfied with the updates? I realize asking here on this particular article may not be the best arena, but I'm giving it a shot and asking elsewhere at the same time :D

    • Hotzigetty

      Define reasonable timeframe?

      • SSDROiD

        Oh. Ehm. Hm. Well, at the very least, a confirmation that it will arrive to your device within 3-4 months after a new version has been released to Nexus devices, and preferably receiving the update no later than 6 months after release to Nexus.

        • Varun Bansal

          they release updates (major) atleast 4-5 months later even to a flagship model..
          but that's not a problem....problem is two flagships a year (:

    • Nathan

      I just sold my Z1 yesterday to buy a Nexus 5, if that answers your question.

      • SSDROiD

        Don't hate me for a noob question, but isn't the Nexus line going to be discontinued by Google? I loved my Nexus 4, but sold it specifically because I thought Google had decided to end its support for Nexus and rather go with the Play Edition devices? Or did I jump the gun too quickly and it's still going to be supported a few more years?

        • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Infowerx Solutions

          Nexus devices aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

        • Adrien Assadian

          It was only a rumor. Actually, I think the Nexus 5 is the first "mainstream" Nexus device. I'm in France and I'm seeing a whole lot of them lately.

          • Vincentius Phang

            same here, Nexus 5 has quite a splash in my office

      • yankeesusa

        That's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm tired of having to install custom roms on my samsung phone to be able to get the latest. Plus the kitkat note 3 won't even work with google wallet. Looking for a 32gb nexus 5 at the right price.

      • Les Martin

        And now you have to charge your phone at least twice a day.........
        I loved my N4,still have it together with my new Z1,minimum twice the useage from the Z1 compared to N4.
        Sure the Sony has bloat and some issues but I want a 5" screen and battery power to talk to people so bloat is irrelevant.
        If the KitKat upgrade doesn't sort the niggles out I will root it,there you go, a much better rooted phone than N5!

      • Les Martin

        And now you have to charge your phone at least twice a day.........
        I loved my N4,still have it together with my new Z1,minimum twice the useage from the Z1 compared to N4.
        Sure the Sony has bloat and some issues but I want a 5" screen and battery power to talk to people so bloat is irrelevant.
        If the KitKat upgrade doesn't sort the niggles out I will root it,there you go, a much better rooted phone than N5!

    • Henry Green

      Sony are definitely not the best at keeping up to date with updates but they usually are able to release the latest android version right before another is to be announced.If you are worried about missing out on updates then don't be, as so far updates haven't been huge so far.

  • Henry Green

    takes queues from the PS4

    Should be takes cues?

  • Tobias

    Just to keep it short.
    If you want to buy an android phone which serves you the latest recent updates of android, you should buy a Nexus or Google Play Edition device.
    You don't buy any other Android phone for it's fast upcoming updates.
    You only buy them for the look, hardware or functions that naked Android 4.4/Nexus 5 doesn't have.

    • Varun Bansal

      say this to moto X and HTC One...

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        • Roh_Mish

          But did it get 4.4 update?

      • Brandon Jiang

        motorola doesn't have 4.4.2 on multiple wariants, 4.4 seemed to be their main card.... updates have slowed down since their big splash. HTC took 3 months but that's pretty impressive because of sense.

        • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

          I agree, but only partially.
          Sure, HTC hurried and took 3 months for 4.4, but on average, HTC has always been 1 version of Android behind schedule, averaging a push delay of about 6-8 months, which is a fair bit.

          The reaon why they hurried with the 4.4 on the One, is probably because the One is their onyl real selling point, and they dare not fuck that up!

    • Jeff Martinez

      Yeah I sold my Nexus 4 than got a Nexus 5. Sold that phone for my Z1 Compact, and I couldn't be happier. I think I'll stick with Sony for a while.

  • ash

    Why the title does not say updated?

  • dave birney

    sweet baby jesus im not updating my z1, did you look at the comments section on the sony blog, not one good comment about the update. balls. i suppose it will be another month or two before they get around to fixing all those problems

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