Australian carrier Optus hints at Android 4.4.4 release for Xperia Z

by XB on 15th July 2014

in Android, Firmware, Xperia Z and Xperia ZL


Xperia Z_Android 4.4.4So far the Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware update has only been released for three Sony Xperia phones: the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. We would expect the update to come to the Xperia Z2 in due course, but we can’t be sure of Sony’s plans for the older Xperia Z series.

However, Australian carrier Optus may have given the first hint that the Android 4.4.4 update may indeed be heading to the Xperia Z. The update is listed on Optus’ “Android OS Tablet & Mobile Updates” page saying that the Android 4.4.4 update is in testing with an expected release in “mid to end July”.

Obviously this could be a mistake on Optus’ part; this kind of carrier information is never the most reliable source of information. However, there is always a slim chance of it being true. We’ll let you know if something comes of this.

Xperia Z_Android 4.4.4

Thanks @Stewy_Noble!

  • SadB

    Nah, my Xperia Z reached EoL

  • Lim

    I certainly hope it is true and they will fix the battery drain issue! Updating google play services doesn’t work, Sony gotta fix this!

  • Robin

    Yes please – battery drain on my Z is ridiculous now

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  • akram saleem

    ksa and jordan still 4.3 wtf sony

  • Hisham

    I still didn’t get the KitKat update yet!! In Saudi Arabia

  • Rammstone

    Yeah it better fix the battery drain

  • z

    what about you android L?

  • Greg Eden

    For those with battery drain try installing GServiceFix from the play store and follow the instructions. You will need it charged to 100% before starting and turn off GPS on reboot. So far it works for me, but with the cost of the GPS being off except when I turn it on to use it, then off again to conserve battery. Battery life is now very good, but it is a kludge. We need 4.4.4 and the battery issue addressed.

  • Akshay Ballal

    I am getting Xperia Home bug for my C6602 which is on 4.4.2… Will Xperia Z ever get the L update?

  • Julien

    Xperia Z needs this update to solve the battery drain. Sony please patch all the Z Serie !!!

  • Ethan ‘blaze’ Parker

    Xperia Z should be updated till Android L. 18 months policy.

  • akram saleem

    i tried 2 contact sony support coz of this .. in the website they say 21-5 will be the date and now almost 21-7 so 2 months delay and the answer u get “its depends on the operator and country !” like we liven on moon

  • Luca

    If they only said that for Xperia SP…

  • kiran

    Drain your phone to null, once the phone turns off by itself, charge it for about 8 hours continuously. Charging keeping the phone turned off is preferred. This worked for me. Cheers

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  • Emil Oskarsson

    Try to use flashtool? :)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Turn off location!! (gps)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    That policy doesnt always mean that if a new android version comes out that phone will have it. The 18 months policy could be held just through firmware updates. But yes I agree Sony should update the Xperia z to atleast android L

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  • SkyS1gn

    And nothing about the Z2?

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  • grav1ty

    I waited so long for kitkat just to get those transparent home and notification bars, but what we got is a FW with laggs in options menu and battery drain. NO, turning off gps is NOT the way it should be fixed. Location Settings are important for many services, just like weather or Google Now. It is not an option to use just a part of my device. I dont want 4.4.4. Just give us a lag- and bufree working FW and keep updating your Sony apps.

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  • Hamza Imran

    I also haven’t get kitkat bro…

  • Hisham, you are lucky. I wouldn’t update to KitKat if I knew there were so many bugs and this inevitable battery drain issue. Stick to 4.2.2 as long as you can.

  • Turning off the location does not always solve the problem. Google Play Services can start up any time and start draining the battery without any apparent reason.

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  • Hisham

    Well, this comforts me a little, thank you:)

    Ok Sony, just fix Xperia Z issues then give me the Update.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Worked for me on my galaxy tab 2 10.1 and Xperia z :)

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  • asdasd

    I couldn’t wait anymore so I rooted my phone and flashed Paranoid Android 4.4.4 on my Xperia Z… It was the best decision I ever did with my xperia Z! And they promised to bring Android 4.5 to the Xperia Z. Eat that, Sony!

  • Mikael Samuelsen

    I’m signing 1LifeSoLiveIt here. DO NOT update to Kitkat until you are absolutely sure that the issues with it are fixed. My phone is close to useless because of it, even after trying every suggested way to fix it.

    My Xperia Z is the last Sony product I have ever bought…

  • Mikael Samuelsen

    Did not solve anything for me…

  • Greg Eden

    Mine will run all day with the GPS off. Turn it on and watch the battery drain. If I go into Location settings and select “Battery saving” I can get through a day just. With Location off completely I have low battery drain but, of course, I loose all the location based services. I do not know why yours is different, but this approach at least allows me to have a working phone. A proper solution from Google and Sony would be appreciated because I am going to have to dump Sony and get a new phone if this keeps up. How to piss off a million users. Nice work – not.

  • Mikael Samuelsen

    For me the GPS is an important part of my phone. One of my most used apps is Runkeeper and without gps and location on it is not possible to use…

    I got tired of waiting and sold my Xperia Z to a guy who will root it (something I don’t want to do myself). My new phone is an iPhone 5S and it is not likely that i will go back to Android in the near future. Sony effecivetly burned that bridge…

  • Greg Eden

    And I use Endomondo. But I would never buy Apple. When the opportunity arises I am looking at an HTC One (M8) or even going back to Samsung.

  • Mikael Samuelsen

    Trouble is that this problem har been known by Google since the release of Kitkat and they have done very little to fix it. It is not only Sony that has had problems and I peronally know owners of both Samsung, HTC and LG that has struggled with similar problems.

    That is why I chose Apple. I also considered Windows phone, but after trying one (Nokia Lumia 930) I found it more fiddly to use.

    Even the “professionals” are not happy with the way Google do updates: http://www.androidpit.com/official-android-updates-that-don-t-work#comment1460725

  • Greg Eden

    I just got tired of waiting for a fix. My Z is now running Cyanogenmod 11 – KitKat 4.4.4. Everything is working so far. There is no going back. Let us see if the modders can do better than all the might of Sony.

  • zxc

    where is it now lol

  • Prince Sinha

    Turning off the location does not always solve the problem. Google Play Services can start up any time and start draining the battery without any apparent reason. Do you have a great app idea but no directions on how to assess, make or market it? See more at http://www.appsdevelopers.com.au/

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