Many Sony devices have been awaiting an update since before the release of Android 4.3 in July; however Japanese manufacturer has now clarified its roll out plans for both Android 4.3 and the recently released Android 4.4 KitKat.
Sony shared on its blog Thursday, that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 will begin updating to Android 4.3 next month. In addition the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V, which currently run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will also begin updating to Android 4.3 in December.
These are largely the same devices it said would update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in July, so with a little more of a definitive date, hopefully Sony will stay true to its word. Notably, specific roll out dates will vary by market and carrier.
Sony has also confirmed that its Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 will also update to Android 4.4 KitKat at some point. Detailed information on the Android 4.4 KitKat roll out is not currently available; however, Sony encourages customers to keep up to date through its social newsroom and @SonyMobileNews.
Those interested can also check out more information on Sony’s development process for releasing new operating systems.
Currently, Android 4.4 is exclusive to the Nexus 5 smartphone, but it is “soon” expected to roll out on to other Google-branded devices such as the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Google Play editions for Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.
Usually Nexus devices receive Google’s latest operating system as soon as it releases; however, Google has been experimenting a lot lately. In addition to announcing its new operating system and smartphone without a big media event, the Mountain View, Calif. company also revealed the Android 4.4 KitKat name two months prior to its official release, stumping many who were certain the next Google operating system would be called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.