Android 4.4 KitKat and Android 4.3 Update Schedule Release for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Z1

Sony has revealed its plans for rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat and 4.3 JellyBean to many of its more popular devices including the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia Z1.

The company confirmed that the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V will all receive Android 4.3 sometime in the very near future. Sony did not give specific dates.

Android 4.4 KitKat will be released for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1. They also did not announce specific dates but did state that they would start rolling out during the first quarter of 2014.

Sony claims this is just the "first raft" of devices to receive those software upgrades. The list will be updated more in the coming weeks and months.

Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced by Google last week alongside the brand new Nexus 5 smartphone.

The software is designed to be installed on a wide range of devices including older models that only have 512MB RAM.

"KitKat streamlines every major component to reduce memory use and introduces new APIs and tools to help you create innovative, responsive, memory-efficient applications," said Google on its developer's website.

The software is designed to protect system memory from apps consuming large amounts of RAM. Android will launch the services serially, or in small groups in order to avoid peak memory demands.

KitKat also adds new capabilities to NFC along with the ability to print any type of content over Wi-Fi or cloud hosted services such as Google Cloud Print.

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