Sony begins Android 4.4 KitKat rollout for Xperia M2

Sony has outlined its update details for the Xperia M2, a mid-range device that came to Canada on Rogers and Fido earlier this year.

The 4.8-inch device sports a 960×540 pixel display, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, an 8MP camera and a 2,330mAh battery, and launched in May with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update to KitKat includes the OS’s standard improvements, but Sony has added a host of features as well, including redesigned Status and Quick Setting panels, improved native apps and a host of new UI themes. The update also adds compatibility with the SmartBand and Lifelog, something we consider a valuable companion.

The full changelog is below:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimisation…
  • We’ve added our tweaked Status Bar and Quick Settings… now more intuitive and customisable (and pretty easy on the eye)… cleaned up to ensure you only get the notifications you really need
  • If you’ve got a Sony PlayStation 4, you might recognize our new user interface – we’ve added the same sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • Better storage choice – you now have the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – we recognised the need to have more control over your content… as something particularly useful for devices with slightly less space
  • We’re also uplifting Sony’s entire native app portfolio to the latest versions – bringing tweaked / improved / current experiences for (to name but a few): Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, and Battery STAMINA Mode, Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies
  • And proving pretty popular, now totalling over 2 million downloads (!) – our unique custom interface experience: “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select – skin up to 280 assets across your Xperia smartphone with a variety of styles…
  • Compatibility with our SmartWear Experience; SmartBand SWR10 and Lifelog app – enabling you to record social, physical and entertainment activities and have them all visualised in a beautiful interface… reminisce at that past, make the best of the present and plan for the future

Rogers and Fido still have yet to push the update to its users’ devices, but the wait shouldn’t be too long now.