News by Luke Jones on Thursday July 17, 2014.
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Sony is rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to a couple of its devices today and bringing with it a slew of new features and functionality. The devices in question are the mid-range Xperia T2 and T2 Ultra, two smartphones that were released at the start of the year. As well as getting Google's Android 4.4 KitKat changes, the T2's will be decked with numerous enhancements from Sony. The company says other lower end devices such as the Xperia M2 and the Xperia E1 will also get the update in the near futureOf course, KitKat itself brought an entirely different Android experience and has several changes over the Jelly Bean version of the software. The differences between Android KitKat and Jelly Bean have been well documented, but Xperia T2 users can expect a new application draw, an improved clock and stopwatch, support for 4K resolution, improved performance, better security, and a lot more. The software is also much leaner than the Jelly Bean build and should run comfortably on even the modest Xperia T2 range. The most exciting thing about this update is that Sony has packed a bunch of its own enhancements into the patch too. The Japanese company has really thrown the lot into the update as well and users can expect a slew of new features. They include improved performance and UI for Sony's entire app range, which includes "Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and?Sony?s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration ? a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience ? Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more!" Below is a full list of what Sony is bringing to the two smartphones: Google's Android 4.4; KitKat as standard, bringing performance & UI optimisations. We've added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings, now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye) cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need If you've got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface, we've added the same sleek launch animation and livewallpaper across the lock and home screens We're also uplifting Sony's entire native app portfolio to the latest versions ? bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and Sony's Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration ? a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience, Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more! And proving pretty popular, now totaling over 2 million downloads (!) our unique custom interface experience: "Xperia Themes", with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select, skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles. Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app, enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface; reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future source: 9to5Google
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.