Android 4.4.4 firmware (23.0.1.A.0.167) finally certified for Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

by XB on 7th October 2014

in Android, Firmware, Sony Tablet, Xperia Z2


Xperia Z2_23.0.1.A.0.167It has been a long wait for Sony Xperia Z2 owners (D65XX) who have been wondering when the Android 4.4.4 firmware update might arrive. This has been made more frustrating when many of Sony’s older devices have seen Android 4.4.4, whilst the Xperia Z2 has been ‘stuck’ on 4.4.2.

Well a new firmware update has just been certified for both the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet with build number 23.0.1.A.0.167 that will bring Android 4.4.4. As you can tell from the big move in build number, it aligns the firmware with the Xperia Z2 series firmware (23.0.X.X.XXX). This should mean a similar UI to the Xperia Z3, but we can’t confirm at this stage whether that means all of the Z3 features will be ported across. We’ll keep you posted once the firmware starts to roll.

Xperia Z2 Android 4.4.4 firmware (23.0.1.A.0.167) certified for D6502, D6503 variants

Xperia Z2_23.0.1.A.0.167

Xperia Z2 Tablet Android 4.4.4 firmware (23.0.1.A.0.167) certified for SGP521, SGP541 variants

Xperia Z2 Tablet_23.0.1.A.0.167

Thanks Udhay, @PJ_Koh, ?@sasa_petrovic, Steve and ?@walaspancha!

  • bao trung giang

    And then z1, right?!

  • Fiiliip Fillip

    Z2 users now what, you want 4.4.5.????

  • Dexter Moregan

    It’s so big move (17.x to 23.x)! Hope Z2 get most feature from Z3!

  • Dexter Moregan

    LOL

  • JaY-ed

    just wait for it, SP users loves article like this, lol

  • xperiaDROID

    Z2 owners:
    “WTF SONY? What about us Z2 owners?”
    “I need to consider before buying another Sony phone.”
    “Z2 is outdated now.”
    “Z2 will reach EoL soon.”
    “Boo hoo hoo…my Z owner friends are laughing at me stuck on 4.4.2.”

    Now Z2 owners, can you see what is this? Z2 outdated…my ass. Patience is a virtue. Just look at this, you guys are next for the 4.4.4 update now and with updated Z3 UI as well. We Z owners are happy with our 4.4.4 update even though we didn’t get the updated Z3 UI, but we’re happy because most bugs and lags are gone. But that’s not all, we Z owners will be the first to receive Android L update. So, prepare to whine, Z2 owners! Huehuehuehuehuehue…Nevermind, just kidding.

  • xperiaDROID

    SP users are already enjoying Cyanogenmod with Android 4.4.4 on their SP.

  • xperiaDROID

    Z got nothing. -__-

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  • The sony was probably waiting for Z3 to be launched to give the to the Z2 all its features ….

  • Khillo81

    Highly doubt it. The Z2 is a few months old so it makes sense that Sony would want to please the owners and give them the Z3 experience. The Z1 is a year old and Sony would want us to just buy the Z3. But I won’t :)

  • IshuZ2

    hope to get this update soon. but i am wondering about Android L? Sony update OS when a new mobile is launched. after 4.4.4 there is Android L. which means we will not get Android L until Z4 is launched. and also if we get it, Z2 will be 1 year old, we might get Android L BUT not all features of it.

  • Dexter Moregan

    ??? Strange? I heard that Z and Z1 got update to 4.4.4 already?

  • Dexter Moregan

    If a launching of Android L come with Z4, I will buy Z4 already..

  • roeshak

    It was clear they held back on the update for the z2 because it was going to have the same or very similar features to the z3 series. It some ways, it’s a test of Sony’s 6 month release cycle. If the software is exactly the same, then it makes the 6 month policy less ugly but if Sony holds back anything from the z2, it would show patently the madness of the policy.
    There is absolutely no reason why the z3 should have better software on it than the z2. Both devices are near identical especially as far as specs go so I cannot see any reason for any differences.
    Well we’ll know soon enough.
    Even if it ends of being identical to the software on z3, the 6 month cycle still remains idiotic. Just a little more palatable!

  • xperiaDROID

    I mean Z didn’t get any new features on 4.4.4.

  • Dexter Moregan

    oh! I see

  • Z3 COMPACT

    Z2 users, happy ??????

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  • Rime

    Fuck sony. Already changed to Xperia Z2 to Galaxy Note 4.

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  • Dante the great

    Yep, same here.

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  • Stephen Lane

    I just hope the firmware includes the new Bluetooth unlocking feature from the z3

  • cleverthansony

    3220 mah battery with 5.7 inc 2k screen lol

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I just wish they had implemented app2sd but sadly they hadn’t, sighh

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  • dyEpnOoDLe

    Install existenz ver 3 and you’ll have that feature to your Z2. :)

  • RoberMC

    Z got all Z1 features when it was first updated after Z1 launch, except for 20mp camera features, obviously.

  • RoberMC

    There are apps for that, you need root, but an app like “Tasker” is 1000 times more powerful than this simple Sony’s feature.

  • RoberMC

    Good, i am very happy with the functionality and stability in the current Xperia Z2 Tablet firmware. I hope this will be the same or better. (Please don’t screw this, Sony)

  • Murad

    waiting ps4 features and camera improvements.

  • peteyd1984

    My Z Tab had no noticible differences going from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4, so I’m not expecting anything huge on my Z2 either. Still pumped though ^_^

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  • ChrisYe

    For some reason I still haven’t received my 4.4.4 update on my Z (UK unbranded) so the Z2 has received it before me.

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  • Luís Alberto Pérez

    They got something more important… No more battery drain. ;)

  • Mohammed Khired

    yup , you are right …..totally right….hundred percent right…

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    about the lollipops , absoFUCKINGlutely , errbody just chill and calm your fucking tits…

    errbody will get a lollipop , even xperia sp users will get it , HELL even xperia s owners too !!!

    here you go…enjoy

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_DapjjltUZPo/S9EublvWykI/AAAAAAAAABY/-ESPscw9huY/s1600/resize+Pink+and+white+lollipop+cookies+2.jpg

  • Kevin B

    I just hope for better Camera performance and easier use of SD Cards. Maybe a better Sound Record quality.

  • David Hvatov

    Finally!!!!!!!!!!

  • David Hvatov

    Very stupid move, dude..

  • David Hvatov

    More than anybody else!

  • Ali Bach-Tobji

    well I don’t think so, YOU Z OWNERS you’re out you will have passed the 18 months :D

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  • Nkansah Rexford

    Late. I’m on cyanogen mod now and have been enjoying 4.4.4 for some 2 months now or so. Loser, Sony

  • Nkansah Rexford

    Why stupid move? Isn’t Sony rather stupid for certifying updates but never delivering the updates to some parts of the world? Z2 owners are excited, let’s wait and see when the update really hits their phones.

    I’m on cm now and its working perfect with 4.4.4 for some 2 months now with awesome battery life.

  • Nkansah Rexford

    I’m waiting for z6 in 2016

  • David Hvatov

    You can always flash any region firmware you want via flashtool.

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  • Kaostheory

    My thoughts exactly, unless it fixed something like battery drain i can’t see what all the whining is about.

  • Abdul Ghani
  • Edrei Ramírez

    ._.

  • Nirm

    You are having a laugh! Us UK owners of Xperia Z are still waiting for 4.4.4! I have just purchased a Z2 knowing it was stuck on 4.4.2 and I will probably get 4.4.4 before my lovely Z which has never been the same since it was upgraded from Jelly Bean… 5 months of battery hell so I gave up (and so far my generic Z2 has lasted 2 days and still has 55% battery life left)… lets hope the 4.4.4 does not mess things up on the Z2!

  • IshuZ2

    hope to get this update soon. but i am wondering about Android L? Sony update OS when a new mobile is launched. after 4.4.4 there is Android L. which means we will not get Android L until Z4 is launched. and also if we get it, Z2 will be 1 year old, we might get Android L BUT not all features of it.

  • Wolf0491

    Did I miss something? People were whining over 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 like that really mattered all that much! Cause I defiantly don’t notice the difference between them in use.

  • David Hvatov

    You can always change your firmware with flashtool to another region..

  • RJASSI

    Bro dont complian im in the same boat and I have xperia z and z2 tablet and having 4.4.4 on my xz only has bug improvements from what I see

  • RJASSI

    Also if your that bothered just flash a new rom from xda

  • RJASSI

    I feel sorry for sp users they have better specs than xperia e1 and even that has kitkat

  • roeshak

    It’s the features and camera improvements that make the 4.4.4 update a big deal for the z2. The z,z1 and z1c got the update but without Sony’s improvements. That’s not the case with the update for the z2.

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  • Nirm

    Thanks, good idea for the 18 months old Z… but not for a brand new Z2 with 2 years warranty which will be null & void if I do! Wife has a Z1 Compact with 4.4.4 and tbh is nothing much over 4.4.2 so not really bothered until L in six months…ish time!!!

  • ahmed khan

    fuck the update i just broke my xperia z2 yesterday ;( ;(

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  • Hope it Happens

    Flashing firmware won’t void warranty, just ask those who have flashed their phones

  • Hope it Happens

    Well… It’s a trend in japan, so you need to convince every phone manufacturer there to stop 6 months policy to end the one you call “idiotic” policy, as for me, I hope Sony would only use this policy in japan only, but as for international they must use the 1 year policy, though it’s going to be hard to keep up

  • Hope it Happens

    DUDE!! stop whining, be grateful for what you have

  • Rime

    Dude? you dude.

    bought Z2 in march.
    July. Xperia Z1 Rollout 4.4.4 but Z2 Still 4.4.2
    Sep. Xperia Z Rollout 4.4.4 Still Z2 4.4.2

    really disappointed sony.

  • Ritwij

    I’m a Z owner and I still have overheating and battery drain issue on 4.4.4 ._.

  • Daniel

    Lol I’m with an HTC one m7 and still have 4.4.3 and there are no news of an update coming soon and you guys can’t wait just a bit for 4.4.4 . Well it’s good that it’s here now so my next new xperia z2 could rock :D

  • Nkansah Rexford

    Oh that’s a nice idea. I never thought of that. I feel stupid now, lol

  • RoberMC

    Restore the phone to factory.

  • roeshak

    Not really, Sony are a global business operating in a global market. Global market conditions and expectations should guide their thinking not trying to impose the Japanese way on the rest of us. They can do what they like or need to do in Japan but elsewhere they have to behave differently in line with what others are doing.

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  • roeshak

    Your z tab is over a year old so it got the base android updates without any of Sony’s software additions from 2014. Sony never gives features developed in one year to older devices from previous years. The z2 on the other hand is a 2014 device and so entitled to Sony’s 2014 software suit just as the z3’s.
    Both z2 and z3 when updated to android L next year will not receive any new Sony software additions launched with the z4 and beyond.

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  • Wolf0491

    Then that is clearly why it took longer right?

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  • Kazi Rahman

    When will this update start to roll globally??

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  • Ritwij

    Done that. No effect.

  • RoberMC

    That is weird, you are the first one i read having this problem in 4.4.4, maybe something went wrong when you updated, try to do a fresh reflash, or, maybe, your battery is simply dieing.

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  • Alex Baloch

    Strange. That we were supposed to be knocked out of the list 2 months ago. But instead, we still haven’t reached the end of our life cycle, and we managed to get 4.4.4 before the Z2 users and got the update after our estimated expiration. The Z2 is beautiful and it deserves 4.4.4. And we deserve android L

    #androidlforsonyxperiaz

  • Przemek

    Any news when to expect update to roll ?

  • tugares

    Everything is really good on my z2 it has some problems like double tap wake up and I don’t know if they give iso 12800 to our camera

  • Nak Nk

    Follow the detailed guide on how to download and install Android 4.4.4 kitkat update on Sony Xperia Z2.

    http://uneedtech.com/2014/10/19/how-to-download-and-install-android-4-4-4-kit-kat-for-sony-xperia-z2-d6503/

  • Angels

    I hope z2 users will get the update 4.4.4 assoon as posible. But the better news is tahat all z line will have 5.0 android update. So i think we need to wait for that update then 4.4.4 .
    Let’s see whot will be new news and few weeks.

  • Angels

    But for xperia z android 4.4.4 looks the same as sone xperia z2 4.4.2 android UI.
    Only what i know the xperia z2 update 4.4.4 will look like as xperia z3 UI. From all resosrces i checked out there woun’t be meny changes only launcher designe, camera,battery stamina. Thats all the diferences i noticed. maybe im incorect.

    P.S
    Sorry for my bad english skils

  • Angels

    But is there an confurmed date when whill xperia z2 owners 4.4.4 update?

  • extermin8or2

    Whose phone division has made losses again this year. I blame the 6 month cycle.

  • malav patel

    Still have not received 4.4.4 for xperia z here in.Canada so bullshit
    I love my xperia but I still don’t have the update
    If you are in Canada and have the update please tell me

  • malav patel

    i dont have it in canada either dont worry your not alone

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