Sony is the first Smartphone maker standing ahead of all others on rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to its Android handsets, labeling five Xperia devices that will get Android 4.4 OS. However, yet HTC is the only dealer to outlay a timeline about the release date of Android 4.4 KitKat schedule on their Smartphones.
Although Sony has revealed that its Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 devices will be receiving Android KitKat but it hasn’t given exact dates on when the owners of the handsets will see the release, and marks that the phased rollout may differ by market and carrier. For the specific timing of the updates it’s advised to the Xperia owners to keep an eye out on its @SonyMobileNews Twitter account.
As we know most of those devices will get Jelly Bean first. Sony also announces that it will also begin rolling out Android 4.3 over the next month to the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1.
HTC has just started rolling out Android 4.3 with Sense 5.5 to HTC One handsets in the UK, and is inspecting an early 2014 timeline for bringing KitKat.
A spokesperson told ZDNet that “Across EMEA, HTC will work with local carriers to begin the roll-out of Android 4.4 with Sense 5.5 for the HTC One from end of January. The Google Play edition will start to receive the update earlier, starting from the end of November” .
Meanwhile Samsung is staying quite about its KitKat schedule for the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. But Google has already confirmed that the Galaxy S4 with 4.4 should be coming soon. “Samsung UK will announce rollout plans for Android 4.4 in due course,” a delegate told ZDNet.
The Korean company, LG has also not released a schedule for its own Android devices, such as the G2 Smartphone and G Pad tablet, as well as its Optimus range.
It is said that Motorola is also getting KitKat to its Moto X devices for AT&T and T-Mobile customers in the US, while Verizon will deliver KitKat to the Moto X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx, Droid Mini, though hasn’t given an exact timeline.
Well, Dell is still not sure about whether KitKat or Jelly Bean will reach its Android Venue 7 and Venue 8 slates, which both currently run Android 4.2. Same way Acer too has no official schedule for the release of Android 4.4 KitKat.