While most smartphone manufacturers and carriers are working hardly to prepare their devices for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, some device owners are giving up on seeing a brand new operating system on their precious handsets. However, in the case of Sony, the company has also prepared its products in order to receive the update. Therefore, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is now compatible with multiple devices, but Sony plans to prepare its device in order to receive the latest firmware update.
In this respect, rumors suggested that Sony has revealed the fact that Android 4.4 KitKat rollout plan for its top-end Xperia devices that include Sony Xperia Z1, Sony Xperia ZL, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Sony Xperia Z. However, it is worth mentioning that Sony did not mention a specific deadline for the upcoming software update.
Sony Mobile updated the list of Xperia smartphones that will receive the latest Android firmware, and it includes several mid-range non-Xperia Z handsets. As expected, most of these devices run the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but are scheduled to receive the 4.3 Android version by December 2013, as normal, after the Xperia Z series.
Perhaps some of you already noticed that previous reports did not include the Xperia ZR on the respective list, but now, the handset made its way to the list of Android 4.4 KitKat candidates. Sony Xperia Z is the first Sony handset to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat, which may arrive by January 2014. Some of you might thing that this is a little bit too late, but each device must wait for the Android 4.3 update first, before updating to the latest firmware.
In case you do not know or you just forgot, I just want to remind you several default features of the Android 4.4. First of all, the update will bring OK Google in Google Now, Cloud Print, Google Drive and QuickOffice as native apps with integration.
In the same time, KitKat will allow Wireless Payments, Hangouts as secondary SMS/MMS client and message hub as well as an immersive mode. On the style and design part, users will see multiple updates on the phone dialer, download, and email apps, full screen album art on the lock screen, captions and subtitles.