Most of the users of Android Smartphones are awaiting for the official update of latest Android Version KitKat 4.4.2. Sony users will be happy as Sony is rolling the updates of this latest Android version for all the Xperia Z devices. This update will introduce a lot of new features to the phones along with new Xperia Home UI and new camera features. It is recommended that all the Xperia Z series users should apply this update. This will increase the performance as well as fix some bugs.
Compatible Devices :
All the devices under Xperia Z series will be receiving this update. It includes Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Zperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z.
In the upcoming months, Sony is planning to launch this update for the newer devices such as Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia M2 and Xperia E1 also.
Features of this new update :
Installing this new update will make some changes to the device. Also some features have been added to this update which will optimize the function and system performance.
- Google’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat : This newer version of Android will increase the speed, performance and optimization of user interface.
- Sony PlayStation UI : The latest user interface add-on based on PlayStation 4 such as launch animation and live wallpaper on lock screen and home screen.
- Update Sony Apps : Receive the latest software updates for Sony’s stock apps including new tweaks and improved user interface for Messaging, Email and Smart Social Camera.
- Revamped on Status Bar and Notifications Shade : More intuitive and customizable status bar, Quick settings, etc.
- Smart Social Camera : Enables to download additional camera modes
- Unique Camera Modes : Some unique camera modes have been added such as Timeshift Burst and Creative Video Effect
- Improved Power Manager : New version of STAMINA mode and additional power management tool to set the syncing of background data of apps in intervals rather that simultaneously. This will increase the battery backup.
- Sony Smartwear Experience : Compability with Sony’s Smartwear devices such as Smart Band SWR10 and Lifelog app.
- Sony Media Apps : New version of Sony’s integrated media apps such as WALKMAN, Movies and Album and Sony Entertainment Network.
- More Customizations : Chnage the theme of your Xperia smartphone or tablet using Xperia Themes by downloading files from Sony Select.
How to Get the Latest Firmware :
You can update to this latest firmware from your PC by using Sony PC companion for Windows Computers, Sony Bridge for MAC and Sony Update Service. Just install the appropriate program of the PC, connect the device using USB cable and then launch the program. Follow the steps mentioned by the software to update the firmware.
You can update your phone from the in-built updater app also. Go to App Menu> Update Centre or go to Settings> About Phone> Software Updates. But, installing the update from PC is more safe.