According to a post on Sony’s official blog, the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update is now being rolled out for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and for the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact.
Not long ago, the Japanese company promised they will be updating their 2013 high-end smartphones to KitKat and now the update is being pushed to the owners. As usual, the owners of the unlocked Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be the first to receive the new update, as the carriers will need more time to test the update for their networks.
Anyway, it looks like we are dealing with a staged roll out, which means that only some of you will be able to download and install Android 4.4.2 on your Xperia Z Ultra right away. Usually, when a software update is ready for your device, you receive a notification to let you know, but, sometimes, software updates can only be performed after a manual check. In order to do so, you must head to Settings > About Phone > System updates > Check now.
The Android 4.4.2 update for Sony Xperia Z Ultra arrive with “more intuitive and customizable” Status Bar and Quick Settings, PlayStation 4 launch animation and live wallpaper, plus updates for native Sony apps such as Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, or Smart Social Camera. The Sony media apps also got updated, therefore you should notice changes for WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration. Furthermore, you will also get Xperia Themes, which are a collection of UI packs that are downloadable from Sony Select.
Aside from all these, you will also get the usual KitKat goodies like full screen movie and album art in the lockscreen, transparent status and navigation bars, white icons in the status bar, cloud printing, and improved emoji support.
Are there any Sony Xperia Z Ultra owners among you? Did you receive the Android 4.4.2 KitKat OTA update on your devices? Please let us know in the comments section below.
If you happen to own one of Sony’s older smartphones, such as Xperia Z, Xperia ZR, or Xperia Tablet Z, you should know that the KitKat update should become available for download sometime in Q2 2014.