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Sony starts Android KitKat rollout on Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z

The company says that the devices will run KitKat as standard and include some updates to native apps.


Sony is kicking off an Android 4.4 KitKat rollout across its Xperia line of devices.

The Xperia Z , Xperia ZL , Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z are all getting KitKat, Sony announced in a blog post on Wednesday. The devices will come with the standard KitKat install, but also include enhancements to Sony's own mobile apps.

Sony says its Messaging app has received some user-interface adjustments, and its email problem will allow users to see more messages at a time. The update will also include improved battery performance, the company claims.

Android's KitKat distribution might be the latest launch from the company, but is still far behind previous versions in terms of market share. It's up to device makers and carriers to get the updates out to phone owners, and as with previous Android distributions, that rollout has been slow with KitKat.

Sony is starting the rollout to the aforementioned devices now. The company will expand its KitKat rollout to other Xperia devices starting in July.

This year's Xperia products, such as the flagship Xperia Z2 phone, all have Google's latest version of Android already.