Xperia Z1 KitKat build is live; see some full-res camera samples

by XB on 19th March 2014

in Android, Featured Content, Firmware, Imaging, Xperia Z1


Auto3We can confirm that the Xperia Z1’s Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware update (14.3.A.0.681) is now live. You can see some screenshots of the firmware below, along with the changelog we have gathered so far. You can also see some picture samples from this KitKat update. You can click on each picture to see the samples in full resolution. If you’ve downloaded the update let us know your thoughts below.

Update: The C6903 FTF firmware file can be downloaded here.

Sony Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat changelog (14.3.A.0.681)

– Updated Camera application and overall tuning to improve the camera experience
– New camera resolution setting at 15.5MP in 16:9 ratio
– Enhanced email app
– A tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings – More intuitive and customisable
– The same launch animation and live wallpaper as the Sony PlayStation 4 adapted across the lock and home screens
– Sony’s native app portfolio will be updated to the latest versions. This includes Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select and Smart Social Camera
– Updated Media apps including WALKMAN, Album and Movies. Better Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI and faster download speeds
– Stability, performance & battery improvements
– Answering machine option added in Call menu
– “Take screenshot” option returns in Power off menu
– Default SMS app can be switched to Hangouts
– Battery icon changed
– Switch between Notifications and Quick Settings from the drop down menu
– Touch block Small app included
– Calendar app updated
– Transparent status bar
– “Picture effect” camera app renamed to “Creative effect”
– New Printing option in settings
– New package of Xperia Themes

Sony Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat screenshots (14.3.A.0.681)

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Xperia Z1_14.3.A.0.681_4

Xperia Z1_14.3.A.0.681_5

Xperia Z1_14.3.A.0.681_6

Xperia Z1_14.3.A.0.681_7

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Sony Xperia Z1 Android 4.4.2 KitKat sample pictures (14.3.A.0.681)

– Click to download at full resolution

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Thanks Marc!

  • wenses

    It seems the camara has improved

  • Darren Gaspé

    Whoo hooo! 4.4 baby

  • Sand

    Z2 Still looking better for me

  • samshit

    same shit

  • Icefraction

    Kit Kat for Xperia Arc when?

  • Jiyeon90

    kitkat for my xperia s when???

  • Mohammed Khired

    ” improve the camera experience”

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    BS

  • ????????? ?????

    Unfortunately camera is still too noisy :(( When ,Sony, when at last will you fix your terrible software for camera ? Why don’t you change your programists ??? Just hire some new professionals or your’re not gonna have any success in comparison with other competitors! Think Sony and do the improvements as soon as possible please.

  • nouxz

    fucking bullshit

  • Marinko Agic

    Never!

  • Marinko Agic

    The pictures are fantastic

  • Dion

    Sony stopped the support for Xperia S

  • metcarded

    Kitkat for my Xperia x10 when?

  • kufti

    serious?

  • Deki

    Cool! There is improvement to the camera. Waiting on the FW so I can make better photos now.

    Can’t wait! :)

  • Tangent Lin

    don’t use auto superior when the area is dark, switch to night scene. if there is enough amount of light, auto superior perform well.

  • GammaBurst

    no matter how good your camera is or how efficient it is in cancelling noise if the photographer is an epic fail, you will never have a good photo. If Sony improve the Software ask yourself if you improved in the art of photography. it’s not fair to always blame the device when it is the user fault to be incapable.

  • Tangent Lin
  • Mohammed Khired

    so you say iphone 5s users are fucking awesome in the “art of photography” ?

    maaaaaan shut the fuck up…

  • A7med Fox

    What About the wifi issue .. Was it fixed ?!

  • RealityCheck2013

    YUMMY Woman in Shower…what was this about again… :D

  • afzal zainal

    Not that bad …

  • DrDrB

    It’s unofficial, but it’s Kitkat…
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2545354

  • Carljn

    No, Qualcomm stopped supporting the S3 in the Xperia S.

  • Phat-t

    Damn that’s nice!

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    Camera improvement… Seriously ?

  • Stephen

    so my prediction for mid march over a month ago was good

  • Felipe

    C6902 file?

  • GaYLoRD

    Yeah, I am working on Kit-Kat for the Xperia Arc, give me a couple of years and it’ll be ready.

  • Osama Patel

    Yeah tell him Mo.
    That gamma fucker think he too gawd.

  • Raiden

    KitKat for Arc?? :))))))))) you are so funny boy

  • Dexter Moregan

    less noise but lost detail

  • Shimoda

    Hello guys ! I have a xperia Z1 with locked bootloader ( it shows “claro”, a brazllian agency when I boot my phone).So, the question is, Can I flash my phone with a locked bootloader or not ? thanks !

  • wared

    what about ‘2 tab wake’?

  • Darren Gaspé

    Would love to see a feature article about these new media apps!

  • Mirrorpurple

    YES 15.5MP 16:9 YES YES YES

    FUCK SONY HURRY MY PHONE NEEDS A BREAK

  • lol

    I have kitkat on my Arc s . Carbon rom. Also i have 220 mb of free rAm

  • laughingoh

    do i have to update to .136 before i can update to .681?

  • DavidBaik(????????)

    I don’t wanna see persentage of battery… :(
    Plz, make option that possible hide persentage of battery..
    Others are… pretty good.
    Thanks sony

  • laughingoh

    do i have to update to .136 before i can update to .681?

  • xxx

    I hope that the camera improvement changelog will also be added to the Xperia Z!

  • Saifuddin Adnan

    no double tap to wake up???…and no 4k and other z2’s camera apps like timeshift video??

  • Ren

    i have updated and have quickly found a bug which concerns the lock screen wallpaper…doesn’t matter what I choose from Albums or from sony, the lock screen wallpaper is only the purple one. what to do?

  • when will you be able to officially download it

  • munak

    This update is just a cock-teaser by Sony, its an update for the sake of telling you and letting you gloat that you are on kitkat. No features of Z2 are available. First thing I noticed was my device was getting extremely hot. Had to shut it down for a few mins and restart. Still getting hot as I type this. The top drawer almost feels like am on iOS now.

  • Mirrorpurple

    Sony’s world domination plan

  • Jamshad Perumpilavu

    you can buy an additional kit kat on your birthday,even my xperia s is not getting an official 4.4 kit kat update…but don’t hate sony,its a fact that every smartphone will get updates in 18 months after that no hope.

  • JG

    LOL

  • Julio Spinoza

    Yes you can. But it has to be stock so the kernel won’t affect you.

  • Excuse

    Symbian’s dead. But Android ain’t! ;P

  • haha

    lol! Raiden says you’re funny! It’s so funny!!! LOL!!!!

  • Jow-Low

    If a flash the .ftf file to my phone do I lose all of my data in the internal SD Card?

  • Subodh

    thanks buddy for ths pic. i am using z1 right now. bt ths beauty was dream for me on that time. :)

  • JG

    Not yet available in the Philippines.

  • KinG

    i can’t turn on my HDR anyone got this problem?

  • Abhijit Biswas

    I want that girl theme for my SP, can I get a link?

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Yess… It will be added as the current algorithms are buggy. Anyways I just damaged my phone with water and was unable to recover it. It did turned on yesterday luckily and everything worked fine except Display patches…. has contacted to company for warranty, and i soon vl be njoying Kitkat on it…. :)

  • Abhijit Biswas

    What camera improvement? They only reduced some noise and did over-sharpening! There is still extreme loss of fine detail! When will Sony fix their camera algorithms? So not to be expected from a 21MP sensor! I think they should start creating a camera app for raw images, that seems the only solution right now!

  • Z1ZLIndia

    Heating issue back, camera slightly improved but not that much.

  • grig

    No,you don’t

  • DavidBaik(????????)

    No need to update 136 version but, u should update by using computer. If u update by using mobile phone, it will step version 136.

  • STFU

    Don’t need to look at the comments. I’m sure some bitches will whine like this “where’s my update for xx”

  • STFU

    Symbian? That’s a 995, man!

  • Tutzu

    So Superior Auto now shots in 15,5 mp?

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    So much protein powder, body builder or whole seller? xD

  • STFU

    Are you saying iPhone 5S’s photos has no noise? Shut the fuuuuuuuuuuuuck up!

  • STFU

    Fuck you troll!

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  • sultan

    Live in India.

  • gef

    ..hope too received it soonest possible time…

  • sirjoka

    Hmmm, next decade mate. Maybe.

  • amr

    No update in the middle east

  • Jamshad Perumpilavu

    how xda developers provide kit kat for xperia s?i don’t know why sony can’t and xda can?

  • miki

    is the t9 keyboard back????

  • roeshak

    Looks like the kit Kat update is just as shit as I expected for the z1. I even expected Sony to give at least a few z2 goodies but they gave fuck all

  • mukul verma

    updated c6902 in india, till now found no bugs at all..gud for sony developers.but total sad about the rom, no new feature added to 4.4 as seen in z2 model,
    change log-
    1-quick setting changes
    2-lock screen changes
    3-camera little improved, but not much as z2 camera, 15.5mp in 16:3 ratio, & scene mode is only available in 8mp not in 20mp or 15.5mp
    4- call screen changes
    5-wi fi range is gud
    6-notification light option is back in display option
    7-only 11.79gb available out of 16gb
    8-ram is 1653mb total, rest is gone
    9- if u disable any apps, dere is disable option in apps, u can see all disabled apps
    10-cloud printing option is also dere
    & some small changes.

  • H-R-K

    Sony need to update their phone much quickly.

  • H-R-K

    that’s a beauty…

  • Serdar Aytamaner

    I was in love with that one. We spent two happy years together :)

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Got the update in india and installed it thru PC companion on Z1 c6902. Looks slick and ok. Yet to play with it. None of the fancy features are available in this release as expected. Answering works good. And kind of like the quick settings implementation, with the long press. But still its eating up all my RAM. I have only 600 MB of ram, which is fine as there is no lag.
    Not sure of the camera. Havent had time to look at the outdoor shots and night shots.

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Goto personalisation and then to status bar icons. U can remove the % from there

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    points 6 and 9 were part of 4.3

  • BlackSoul

    Got the update in XDA with FTF file + root :D But it seem like their build have lot of problems ( Hang, crappy quality and TWRP cant mount )

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Yes this is a bug that I found out too

  • Pradatta Thorat

    where in india ? i m getting server not responding error

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I think sony will allow you to download those Z2 camera apps from playstore after its availability….. It was same when XZ received 4.3!!!

  • Drunken Max

    Can I transfer apps to the SD card yet like on the Z2

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    No u can not move the app to sd card.

  • Drunken Max

    Epic Fail then Sony

  • xperianer

    ok then, so sony decided to cut otu their nice and QUICK quicktoggles in the noficiation area, and they replace it with a themed stock android quichtoggle sytel :/

    so now i need to pull down, then i push a button to get my way to the QUICKtoggles?

    (yes i know, root and gravitybox and so on, to make a quick pulldown….) still a stupid change^^

  • Lucazz Il Genio

    4k and slow motion are there in this update?

  • ART runtime

    Is there a way to enable ART runtime? I cant seem to find it under developer options

  • Ali

    So no double tap to wake :(

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    No, neither of these are available at the moment. Mayb sony will provide them thru sony select in the future.

  • valentino

    its still an improvement even only 0.5 milisecond faster when opening..
    and the tiny artifact black dots appear 10 dots lesser than before..
    XD
    and 0.1 second faster capture rate..

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    No option to enable ART :(
    epic fail

  • Itsarapong Intoum

    0.5 and 0.1 ?! that’s awesome !!

    //wait… wat ?!

  • Deki

    So, Background Defocus is a part of the camera apps?

  • Mohammed Khired

    did you ever try one?

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Take a break then. This occurs due to the server overload. I did it early in the day. So it worked flawless. I from Chennai

  • Vas Varnava

    Where can we get those wallpapers? Lol

  • kitty23456789

    Huh now naked whores are added by Sony as wallpaper. IMO it is revolutionary upgrade !

  • alex

    Fantastic..? Maybe you never seen fantastic pictures…

  • alex

    Ordinary camera, nothing special …. Camera is not better the old Nokia N8! Photographic part on Sony smartphones – is their weak spot. Again blurring and noisy photos http://www.static.xperiablog.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Auto51.jpg http://www.static.xperiablog.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Auto6.jpg

  • alex

    Today is 2014 year! Sony programmers, you are simply Stupid NOOBS, you still can’t make, the good quality camera on Flagship smartphone! http://timg.eprice.com.hk/hk/mobile/img/2014-03/08/170027/unrealandy_5_SONY-_462e82c2aa975d9236a00e38be4d6d82ori.JPG http://timg.eprice.com.hk/hk/mobile/img/2014-03/08/170027/unrealandy_5_SONY-_98f23d9087f8968bbe193a6d08c09d49ori.JPG What a shame ! ((

  • alex
  • shinryuu

    Got mine a while ago. Updated mine to 4.4 but I think there’s a little bug over the update. I can’t change my lockscreen wallpaper no matter what I do. But the lockscreen “live wallpaper” that the update gave is pretty cool though.

  • ART runtime

    After researching XDA developers I found out.
    That ART has no significant performance increase for the likes of Z1 because it has Qualcomm-optimized Dalvik & Bionic libraries

    I am not a master in the subject so dont take my word on it.

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Yes, I read about the same too today. But Its never satisfying unless we have all crap even if v dont want to use it .D

  • Kiwison

    I hope new Email app is really nice since I needed to use “edit” everytime to learn my classroom in my schedule it became really horrible after the latest update..So far everything seems fine though..

  • Tod

    Whoop whoop! just got the update in Nigeria

  • Renad

    any news for emoji display?

  • Johan Eriksson

    Just use two fingers to pull it down to access the quicktoggles menu,

  • Mirrorpurple

    YES I GOT MY KITKAT BAR FOR FREE FROM SONY YES my Xperia Z1 loves it

  • the_black_dragon

    It was the normal focus. no defocus function.

  • the_black_dragon

    Its not sony… its fucking Scroogle Google…
    Android 4.4.2 denies even write access to all non-system apps exept their own specific folder in /SD/ANDROID/DATA/

  • the_black_dragon

    Fitness Club. I’m working there :D

  • the_black_dragon

    Only in manual mode you can switch HDR…. yeah manual :D
    Automatic Mode activates it if its needed. It was the same behavior even in 4.2 and 4.3

  • the_black_dragon

    Heyy nothing about my Wallpapers :D

  • David Avila

    Excellent! already with KitKat, Battery is much better, although I disliked the interface, I liked the other one more

  • the_black_dragon

    Here you are ;) http://1drv.ms/OAZl6S

  • Rune Christiansen

    That’s very easy with one handed use… ;)

  • David Avila

    Simple, XDA knows those devices cost a lot of money and undestands that users want to have full advantages for five years at least, Sony wants you to buy a new phone every 18 months or less

  • Rune Christiansen

    nope. I hoped for that too…

  • Abdul Ghani

    and what phone is it??

  • Abdul Ghani

    did u got the update how is the manual mode quality on 15mp res

  • Lunkz

    Had Live Wallpapers before it was Cool

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    The KK ROMs from XDA are usually buggy on the drivers that are not available for the S3 processor. And most of the ROMs are AOSP or cyno which have their custom ways to override the driver incompatibility or they live with the bugs.

  • Jumbo

    The chick looks sad… anybody nice enough to give her a KitKat?

  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    If you know to use the manual settings you do get fantastic pics. If u are complaining then it should be about the SA mode,

  • MitchHenney

    Alex, if the Z1 one is so bad, then you should go buy that product and spend your time out and about taking pictures, not trolling sites of “inferior” products.

  • alex

    It’s Nokia 808 Pureview

  • Darren Gaspé

    Any word on C6906 availability?

  • Abdul Ghani

    z1 c6903 middle east update available

  • Pradatta Thorat

    New camera resolution setting at 15.5MP in 16:9 ratio for SA or manual please confirm

  • JG

    I checked 8 hours ago and I still don’t have it on Pc companion and SUS. Hmmm… Where are you from?

  • alex

    Jumbo, wanna say, It concerns me primarily because I want buy Sony products, but…. the cameras on sony smartphones, stops me! Cameras on Xperia smartphones, are one of the worst on market, and why i should be silent ..? I have the right to speak my opinion! And if there is a problem, it is necessary to talk about it!. I know this shit will continue in future Xperia Z3 and Z4, will be the same shitty quality. Even Chinese OPPO already rival all top cameraphone flagships on market, and sony…. Sony in 2014 year still shows her famous shitty quality!

  • amr

    Where do u live exactly?!?

  • Abdul Ghani

    saudi arab and who all got the update use manual mode with iso 100 or 200 for low light shots in 15.5mp res for really good quality pics

  • amr

    Thanx buddy

  • agujeronegro

    Yep, I can confirm, this is a new option in Manual Mode.

  • the_black_dragon

    It is the same as in 20mp
    It is just cropped to get 16:9 Pictures instead of 4:3 but pixel density is the same

  • amr

    Thank u so much

  • roeshak

    This 4.4 update for the Z1 kind of reminds me of the 4.2 update for the Z which also didn’t bring much that was new. There is still a chance that after the Z2 has been on the market for a few months, some of its goodies will eventually make it through to the Z1.

  • Mus

    Is there the tap tap to wake option? please let me know =(

  • khan

    I didn’t receive the update yet..
    is it country specific? I am in india & bought z1 2 days back.
    PS- Its my 1st smartphone & i am loving it.:) :)

  • Rogue

    Alex you are perfectly right Sony needs to sort out there camera software it’s horrible. I have the z1 I always buy Sony phones and I installed the G2’s camera app to take my pics in auto mode and it’s so much better than Sony’s native app, only in manual mode does the Sony app do better and not by much.

  • Peter

    No update in Lithuania yet.

  • Anukul

    It was my dream phone back then , but I was not able to get it as a child :(

  • Mohammed Khired

    no tap to wake…

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Holy shit! Its you! :D SHARE THAT LOCKSCREEN WALLPAPER PLEASE!!!! :D

    Also its great to know that fitness experts love to make use of Sony devices too! :D

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    nvm, found the link in your profile! Thanks! :D

  • Darren Gaspé

    Can any one confirm North America release yet?

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  • GuapoMe

    @GammaBurst

    Most good cameras are for those people who are not good in photography.
    No matter how bad you are in taking photos but when you’re using a phone like this, your photos will look nice.

  • nvier

    Native emoji support confirmed

  • mukul verma

    Its available in india, I had updated yesterday’s morning.u shud check.thru pic. Ota not available.

  • mukul verma

    Above last line error..check thru pcc..it is available..

  • joonlin

    Seriously Arc users are worth to upgrade to Z2. Even though I’m TX user I feel bit itchiness about the Z2.. Haha

  • Vincentius Phang

    i reaaallly like the new calendar app :)

  • alex

    Thank you for your honesty!

  • Pavan

    I’m not able to change the lock screen wallpaper after the update.Anybody having the same problem?

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  • laci_csk

    Why dont use “edit” option in your reply, instead a reply for your own.

  • laci_csk

    And in auto mode lack this ?

  • bombay

    can i flash to Z

  • gef

    the update is already available. ive already update 5 hours ago.cant see the tap 2 wake??

  • alex

    Even in manual mode, the owners are unhappy.

  • skica

    Does anyone has experimented problems with heat and battery consumption on XZ1 ?

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  • Sanket

    No background defocus app in Kitkat.. :(

  • T War

    I think my Z1 is so good I have stopped using it and am getting better photos from my 5S. This could have been a great camera phone but really the Software in general and especially the camera software is a real let down. If anyone says otherwise they have not actually used a 5S

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  • Diego Salgado

    I’m having the same issue too! And I noticed a few other bugs!

  • zaimi

    After updating, one of the problem is youtube sound is slow because it use earpiece speaker not the main speaker. But if listening music let say using walkman app its sound is ok. Anybody have experienced this or only me facing this??

  • Marinko Agic

    maybe you are stupid?I talk about screenshots of beautiful lady…

  • mukul verma

    i had replied as a guest, so dere is no option of edit.

  • Pavan

    And also settings icon keeps flickering on the left end of the status bar.

  • alex

    You mean iphone 5s camera, right..? Yes, iphone 5s shoots better than xperia cameras, than because soft for camera is better, and pixel size bigger 1.5 micron vs 1.1 on Xperia Z1. Bigger size pixel, bigger light. And Sony 20 mpx. it’s marketing, but no more… In thin phone body, more 8 mpx. it`s big mistake. Ask yourself, why several years iphone camera on 8 mpx. Sony does not want to spend money on good programmers! And situation on Xperia Z3, not will be improve, you’ll see, they again increase the number of pixels! And this two samples taken with flash/ Lumia 1020 vs Xperia Z1 compact. Huge difference! Just zoom,…. http://mediafiles.allaboutwindowsphone.com/images/z1compact/party-z1c.JPG http://mediafiles.allaboutwindowsphone.com/images/z1compact/party-1020.jpg

  • aqm

    no option to select ART. huge bummer sony..

  • jokensy

    I can’t personalise the lockscreen since the update!!!

  • laci_csk

    Be my guest.

  • Darren Gaspé

    Still no update in Canada :(

  • Help

    I have also the same problem, many people have the same problem!!!

  • etherspin

    that may be so but these photos, more so than others taken in the same lighting have high noise levels and weird artifacting from the sharpening algorithm.

  • etherspin

    its such a shame too, the Z1 Compact is otherwise a superb phone for anyone not keen on the ever increasing size of handsets but still wanting a fast phone that will handle future android versions

  • Rikimaru

    Sony Sold Vaio and said they will focus on Xperia. Then I keep waiting and hope we will see a big improvement.

  • abhi

    No ok google feature,background defocus etc apps in camera

  • Farai Chiwandire

    ART is still in development and most of the apps are not optimised for it which is why it is not being implemented by the OEMs. According to what I have heard from tech news and Google, moving forward ART will be the standard runtime with Dalvik being completely phased out. So all you people moaning about ART stop being such kids and just wait until it is out of BETA and better to use instead of moaning for something that is clearly in development. Jesus.

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Go away troll.

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Actually the Kitkat versions on XDA are Cynogenmod, which come with their OWN version of linux kernel.

    Qualcomm did not release source for S3 so Sony could work on an update.

  • alex

    Some say: If a person is an idiot, it’ll last a long time.

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  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Go post in Lumia blogs, if you don’t like Sony don’t cry here.

  • Deki

    Finally in Macedonia! :)

  • alex

    You are moderator or admin..?. Who you are, if you are another stupid fanboy, better shut up. I have my own point of view!

    if you have nothing to say and you’re happy, ok no problem, be happy.)) Forums created to discuss the problems that has on smartphones. And your stupid cries are not needed.

  • DAN

    Yet no update in Romania. F..K YOU SONY WITH YOUR SHITTY UPDATE POLICY!!!

  • skica

    Kit kat update seems very buggy and Sfr (french carrier) thinks not to support it before Sony resolves biggest issues:
    Heat, battery consumption, low sound.
    Better to keep 4.3!

  • sTEVEN

    I will sell my Z1 Compact a.s.a.p. and never buy another Sony phone.
    There are 6 days since the update was released and there’s no notification on PC companion or SUS. Lousy services for expensive phones.

  • Martin de Hell

    In Poland still nothing… :(

  • sTEVEN

    My Z1 Compact was bought from Poland, but I’m living in Romania right now and you’re right, no update till now. As I said before, lousy customer service from Sony.

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    I’m just an unbiased user of the Android Ecosystem.

    Z2 has the best camera on an Android device today, comparable only with the S5.

    Why’d you even compare with an iOS or Windows device camera? That’s stupid IMHO. If anything its Google you should complain about, because Android is theirs. Its not Sony’s fault.

  • alex

    Ok. if it stupid compare vs windows.. No problem. On android, IMHO the best is samsung. On Samsung samples, you see sharpness , detail, but Top Sony Flagship smartphones, has a big problems with sharpness, and details are lubricates, even in a place where the camera focuses. For example, just zoom: http://www.static.xperiablog.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Auto3.jpg .

    Or Nexus 5 camera. A year ago, you could imagine that the Nexus will be so good cameraphone .. Look on some samples from Nexus5. You can see nice colors, very good sharpnes. http://f-lite.ru/lfp/s018.radikal.ru/i524/1403/3d/2fcc308be6d1.jpg/htm

    http://s43.radikal.ru/i101/1403/0c/4703d92f6218.jpg

    And two portrait samples, between Sony Xperia Z1 and Nexus 5

    http://s019.radikal.ru/i639/1402/01/56c8d72459f1.jpg

    http://i056.radikal.ru/1402/16/af7ea7a668ff.jpg

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Well I agree, Note 3 had the best camera so far and I doubt Xperia Z2 will be able to shake it off its spot with the Z2 so soon.

    But we never know! Lets wait for Z2’s final samples to come in as the device has launched in Taiwan and Singapore.

  • alex

    Ok, let’s wait for Z2’s final samples, but something tells me that the result is will be not much different … All spoil sony programmers. From a technical point of view, sony camera better than iPhone 5s and Galaxy cameras, because bigger sensor, G-lens, Exmor R, ect.. The problem only one, bad programmers, they spoil the whole camera. Sony urgently needs to hire other professionals! iphone 5s, has only one, but strong advantage over the Sony Xperia camera, it`s large pixel size of 1.5 microns, vs 1.1 from sony. Bigger pixel – the more light it transmits. And 20 million small pixels on slim smartphone body, it’s means only marketing, but not quality, that’s why Apple, on it`s iphone resolution does not increase by more than 8 megapixels, and on next iphon 6, again will be 8 mpx .

  • Jandrokc

    The link isn’t working! Mega has deleted the file…

  • gef

    …after the update battery drains fast…

  • jiaio

    please link is bad. try again

  • sTEVEN

    YOU’RE RIGHT MAN. 4.4.2 IS FULL OF BUGS. ON MY Z1 THE RING VOLUME IS VERY LOW AND THE BATTERY DRAINS FASTER THAN BEFORE. I WONDER, THOSE “SPECIALISTS” FROM SONY DID NOT TEST IT PRIOR TO RELEASE? OR THEY ARE SIMPLY STUPID?

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  • Kaarthikeyan Swaminathan

    Im not sure what more they would want from this fone. I have played around with the manual more and I have been happy almost all times.

  • Darren Gaspé

    Really frustrating this update isn’t available in Canada still… Not sure how Macedonia and Nigeria got it first?

  • alex

    If you are Z1 owner, and you are happy with how it shooting with the manual more … could you show me your photo taken from Z1?. and I’ll show you my shots taken from my Nokia 808 Pureview. You so praise your Sony`s camera, I want to see this quality

  • Martin de Hell

    Kitkat finally in Poland :) OTA ;)

  • Scott Nufc FitzGerald

    Not sure if anyone has asked this but has anyone heard about a kitkat release for Z1S? I see all stories about Z1 etc, but not Z1S.

  • Martin de Hell

    To get rid of speaker bug, you have to reset your device after update ;)
    yesterday i have received 4,4,2 update OTA in Poland ;) and i also discovered that the battery drains surprisingly fast… ;/

  • Martin de Hell

    update:
    bug in recent calls option ;/

  • P. Ip

    I am in US and I can’t wait for the OTA so I updated my Xperia Z1 (locked and not rooted) using flashtool and the FTF. I reset the phone to start fresh and restored most apps using Helium. It seemed to run quite smooth with some minor glitches. For example, the email widget had some issues with certain email accounts, which would require the accounts to be deleted and re-added. The biggest issue, however, is the camera button, which froze my phone twice today. The screen would be a frozen picture of what the camera saw at that moment but it would not react to any touch. The volume buttons and the power button continued to work but I had to power the phone down and restarted it to recover.
    What a bummer!!

  • Ash

    please someone tell me where to find the lockscreen wallpaper thanks

  • mohammad

    4.4 tested on two z1 devices and in both shows horrible bugs including uncontrollable sound and keyboard malfanction and the camera still is a big lie.

  • ayub407

    The update is okay. :|
    But one things that frustrates me is that the camera app is so buggy and slow. It often doesn’t respond and hence it crashes.

  • Darren Gaspé

    My z1 doesn’t have an answering machine option on 4.4.2? Is this stock or do I have to port?

  • lm

    Did you know that you can select the 8mp option in the Z1 and the images produced would be comparable to the ones produced in a 5s? It’s almost the same technique Nokia uses with the 1020, takes a large picture and then process it into a smaller one with less artifacts.

  • alex

    I know about this. But Nokia pureview technology works much more effectively

  • lm

    Not arguing that, but I wonder why you do. Why does it affects you that someone might be perfectly content with this phone and camera? Should we be only content by the very very best and not what it is enough? As far as I know a very few percent of the population does large format prints from their phones. I’ve re-read the article and nowhere it compares this camera (favorably) with the one found in Pureview systems.

    And if some people want to believe this camera is better, again… why does it bother you?

  • alex

    Tell me, why on Sony flagdhip should not be a camera that will be in something comparable with SLR camera … ? Why should suit all average quality images that will fit only for what would share them on instagramm .. ? There are prestigious sites where people do serious mobile photography, and not stupidly selfi and photographing food , etc. Why not make camera a much higher level , like on nokia ? Or all Sony smartphones owners are so stupid that they do not want great quality photos … Keep in mind that there are quite a few people who choose a smartphone mainly because of the camera , why their opinion nobody cares?

  • Divya Bharathi

    Very interesting thing I just come across at MyDeals247.com – I could choose any number of items (from the list) at very heavy discount rates (up to 75% off online) – more we buy more discount – I never seen this before.

  • Arup

    Having owned 808, 1020 and Z1c, the 808 was a superb camera phone with poor OS, I fell for the 1020 which proved totally disappointing and with the Z1c I have 808’s color back and the DxO report validates that. The 808 has been bested by both the Z2 which has the same cam as the Z1 and Samsung 5s.

  • pratyush97

    Any camera quality diff b/w jellybean and Kitkat?
    Comparison pics?

  • mohitverma119

    Stop correlating you faggot..

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