Sony to roll out Android KitKat to Xperia SP

News Abhinaya Prabhu 13:23, 23 Nov 2013

Sony to roll out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to its mid-range phone Xperia SP with ZR, T, TX and V roll-out plan 'under investigation'

Earlier this month, Sony listed that a handful of its 2013 flagship models will receive the latest Android 4.4 KitKat firmware update. Now, the Japanese vendor is reportedly planning to roll out the update to its entire mid-range models as well.

As per XperiaBlog, the software update help-pages of phones such as Xperia SP, ZR, T, TX and V show that the company is weighing up options to rollout the updates to these phones.

On the other hand, the official Xperia Care website mentions that the Xperia SP will initially relish the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update by the end of this year and would get the KitKat flavor next. The other models Xperia T, ZR, TX and V are ‘under investigation’ and it is not known if Sony will roll out the KitKat update to these variants.

The change-log that the Android 4.4 upgrade will bring includes Ok Google in Google Now, integration of Google Drive, Keep and QuickOffice, Cloud Print, Wireless Payment, Hangouts, full screen album art on the lock screen, Immersive mode, touchscreen improvements, better multi-tasking, Chromecast, new Camera app and updates on dialer, downloads and email apps.

While these are the usual features that any device will receive on getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update, the Xperia UI apps will also receive notable changes.

For instance, the Multimedia apps such as Album and Movies, Walkman, Sony exclusive services such as PlayMemories, Socialife, Sony Select and more, Xperia services such as PlayStation, DUALSHOCK, Screen Mirroring and Throw settings and Exmor RS camera, BRAVIA mobile engine and X-Reality engine among others.

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