Sony announces Android 4.4 KitKat and 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade roadmap

Sony has delivered its roadmap not only for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but for the chosen handsets that will join the elite group of smartphones that will run the much-anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat.

Following the launch of KitKat last week, smartphone and tablet developers around the world are eagerly jostling to have their hardware chosen as the bearers of Google’s latest OS release. Sony teased on Twitter last week that an Xperia Android 4.4 KitKat announcement was imminent, and it has lived up to the promise.

First up, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will be introduced on eleven devices: the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 – whilst the Xperia T, V and TX will be fast-tracked from 4.1 to 4.3

Since three of Sony’s devices are being bumped up straight from 4.1 to 4.3, some vocal customers may be holding out their hands expectantly, asking why all the devices above can’t be rolled straight out to Android 4.4 KitKat.

Well, news of the exact timetable of a KitKat update was withheld, but Sony has announced that whenever the rollout happens, it is the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 that are first in line for a chocolatey KitKat kiss. It has remained tight-lipped, however, on when the other devices will be lucky enough to receive the same treatment.

On the other hand, one device that definitely will be bursting into stores with Android 4.4 KitKat is the Google Nexus 5 – here’s five of the best new features on Google’s flagship handset.