Sony is preparing to launch the next version of Android onto their latest flagship, the Xperia Z1. The smartphone has been stuck on Android 4.2.2 since its launch and Sony is finally preparing to give users their last taste of Jelly Bean, before shipping to KitKat next year.
The Android 4.3 update has passed through the testing system, meaning it will be coming onto the Xperia Z1 in the upcoming weeks, possibly before Christmas. This is exciting for anyone who has an Xperia Z1, as it means restricted profiles and Bluetooth Smart, amongst other Sony features.
Sony will be adding Android 4.3 to more than one device, they are looking to add it to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and the Xperia Z Ultra. The Xperia Z Ultra has just been added to the Google Play edition list as well, with Android KitKat 4.4 already available.
The updating will not stop there, Sony is going to be prudent when it comes to keeping everything updated. The first smartphones to grab KitKat 4.4 will be the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1, although we have no solid date.
Sony has been a little unimpressive when it comes to keeping their Android devices updated, especially on the low-end. Some devices Sony release on the low-end get no updates in their lifetime and Sony only releases firmware changes, which is a sad case of affairs.
In the past few years the Japanese company has started to get better at making sure all devices grab at least one update and seeing the Xperia Z on the list of Android KitKat 4.4 devices is a good thing, meaning it has jumped all the way through Jelly Bean into KitKat.
Sony is preparing to release Android KitKat 4.4 on some of the devices at the same time as its Xperia Z2 launch, around February. We believe that Sony will launch the Xperia Z2 at MWC 2014.