After they announced a few weeks ago that some of their high-end smartphones launched last year will get updated to KitKat by the end of Q1 2014, the folks at Sony revealed earlier today that the Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.2 OTA update is now available for download globally, after new software was already pushed to several markets.
Just like any other software update, Android 4.4.2 for Sony Xperia Z1 will be released in stages, meaning that the ETA varies depending to country and carriers. The unlocked models will be the first to receive the new update, followed by the carrier-locked variants.
When your Sony Xperia Z1 will be eligible to receive the Android 4.4.2 update, you should receive a notification message. All you will need to do is tap the system update notification to download it, wait until the download finishes then select “Install now.” Because the update file may be quite big, it’s recommended to download it using a WiFi connection to avoid data traffic. You may also be able to find the new firmware after performing a manual check under Settings > About Phone > Software updates > System updates. Alternatively, you can grab the USB cable, connect your Z1 to the PC and check for the update via Sony’s PC Companion app.
According to Sony’s site the Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.2 update will arrive with the usual KitKat goodies such as full-screen immersive mode, cloud printing, full-screen album and movie art in lockscreen, emoji support, transparent status and nav bars, or white status bar icons, along with Email app enhancements, updated Camera app, and stability, performance, and battery boosts. The new software update is labeled 14.3.A.0.681.
Are there any Sony Xperia Z1 owners among you? Did you guys receive the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on your device? Please let us know in the comments section below.