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Sony Xperia Z to get Android 4.4.2 KitKat update

Sony is apparently planning to update its Xperia Z smartphone to the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, which would put it in line with the newer Xperia Z1 which has already been confirmed to receive the 4.4 upgrade.

Launched in February last year as Sony's flagship smartphone, it was quickly followed by the Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z Ultra phablet before being replaced by the Xperia Z1. However, the 5in, 1,920x1,080 display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 13 megapixel camera and water-resistant chassis ensures the Xperia Z is still every bit the high-end handset today.

Sadly, the Xperia Z's software became rapidly dated: the device launched with a customised version of Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, tweaked with Sony's Xperia user interface. Since then, Google has upgraded its own Nexus handsets several times to Android 4.4.2 KitKat - but the Xperia Z has always trailed behind.

Now, Xperia Blog quotes a Polish mobile network as stating that the Xperia Z is to be upgraded to the very latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat release, most likely still featuring Sony's Xperia customisations, towards the end of the month or beginning of March. The update, as is usual, will be free to all Xperia Z owners.

Sony has neither confirmed nor denied the claim, having only announced plans for a KitKat upgrade for the newer Xperia Z1 so far. However, with the Mobile World Congress event just around the corner, an announcement is expected soon.

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