Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) has started rolling out the latest Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware update for the Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone on Friday in three countries, including Russia, Italy and Indonesia.

The new firmware, which comes with the build number 14.4.A.0.108, is also certified for the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra, according to a report from the Xperia Blog.

The update adds multiple new features to the handset, such as a new simple home launcher from Xperia Z2, a TV Sideview app, a more stable user interface and standard performance-enhancing fixes, GizmoBolt, a technology news website, reported.

Android_4.4.4 Android 4.4.4 update for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. Photo: XDA Developers Forum

To check the availability of the Android 4.4.4 14.4.A.0.108 build, navigate to Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates. 

In addition to the over-the-air update, users can also upgrade their devices to the new firmware by connecting their devices to the computer and flashing the firmware file manually.

Here is the download link, courtesy of XDA Developers forum:

Android 4.4.4 for Xperia Z1 Compact -- D5503 14.4.A.0.108 firmware ftf

For more information about the steps to install the new firmware on your handset, click here.

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact features a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. The phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU, and sports a 2GB RAM.

Other key features and specs of the handset include a 20.7 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front camera, a 2300mAh battery and 16GB internal storage with microSD slot upgradable to 64GB.