Sony have announced an update programme that will see a number of its devices receive Android 4.4 KitKat, in addition to a range of app and user interface improvements. There is also tighter integration with the company’s non-mobile products, as some design elements of the revised UI have been borrowed from the Sony PlayStation 4.
The Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR Android smartphones will all receive the update, as well as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z.
Alongside the Android 4.4 KitKat update, owners of the aforementioned devices will also receive updates to the latest versions of all of Sony’s in-house Android apps. There are also feature improvements affecting Messaging, Email and the Battery STAMINA Mode.
The update also sees the inclusion of Smart Social Camera on Z Series devices for the first time. This offers the ability to stream live video via Facebook, as well as augmented reality functionality – providing additional information about what is shown on screen via services such as Trip Advisor.
Although Sony has now started rolling out the update, many device owners will not receive it straightaway. The company intends to expand the roll-out to all of its markets in the coming weeks.
As is always the case with Android updates, owners of SIM free devices will be the first in their country to benefit. Those with locked devices will receive the update after it has been approved by their network.