News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday May 21, 2014.
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Sony is working hard to escape its bad rap as a manufacturer that doesn't update its phones, though the company's reputation as one that's slow to deliver those updates is firmly in place. It's still better late than never, which is good news for some Xperia device owners who have been waiting on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The KitKat update rollout has begun for the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and Xperia Tablet Z. The update adds behind-the-scenes improvements in performance for both battery life and speed, though the differences are not major gains. It also adds full-screen mode in more apps, wireless printing, and some UI changes in the notification drawer and Quick Settings. The biggest UI change is the introduction of Sony's new Xperia Themes app to switch between different wallpapers and color accents throughout the phone.
Sony has incorporated some elements of its PlayStation 4 interface into the update, adding the same live wallpaper that's seen on the gaming console. The Sony media applications have been enhanced and integrated with Sony's cloud services, Smart Social Camera has been added, emails can be viewed in split screen on the Tablet Z, and messaging now has more emoji support.
Carriers will begin updating the Xperias at their own pace, so not all users will be able to use it. Sony next plans to update the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1, and Xperia M2 in July.source: Sony
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.