The new Android M or now known as Marshmallow is just around the corner and it is expected to be released along with 2 new Nexus devices. With the new OS version going live, Google has released its latest Android breakdown figures based on active devices on the Android and Google Play ecosystem.
While the current Android Lollipop is gaining momentum taking up 21% (inclusive of Android 5.0 and 5.1), majority of Android devices are still running on KitKat which stands at 39.2%.
Sony will be releasing another update for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and the Xperia Tablet Z some time next week. The new software is still running on the older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but will bring improvements for Bluetooth, Battery life and YouTube video app.
Just a week ago, they had just released a minor update for the Xperia Z1 & Z Ultra which comes with white balance display adjustment.
Unlike Sony of the past, it seems that they are more pro-active in updating their devices to the latest Android version these days. The current Xperia Z & ZL will be among some of the models that will receive Android 4.4 KitKat and there’s a possibility that slightly older models like the Xperia TX and Xperia V would get them as well.
Sony’s quest in upgrading its existing smart phones to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is still on going with the Xperia SP and older Xperia T, Xperia TX & Xperia V models are expected the receive the update as early as end of January or early February this year.
As for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, Sony has indicated that they will be rolling out to Xperia Z and other newer high-end models. So far they have yet to provide any indicative timing on KitKat roll out yet and hopefully they will get this out before a newer Android version is announced.
HTC has just confirmed that its HTC One X and HTC One X+ flagship models will not be receiving software upgrades beyond its current Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version. This is certainly quite a disappointment for existing users especially when Android 4.4 KitKat was designed to work with lower spec devices even with 512MB of RAM.
The full HTC statement below:
We can confirm that the HTC One X and One X+ will not receive further Android OS updates beyond Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5. We realize this news will be met with disappointment by some, but our customers should feel confident that we have designed both devices to be optimized with our amazing camera and audio experiences.
The HTC One X & One X+ runs on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors at 1.5GHz & 1.7GHz respectively with 1GB of RAM. Based on HTC’s infographic on Android OS update roll out, the decision is probably due to the Tegra 3 limited support for newer OS or HTC can’t seem to dedicate resource to work on the update.
Nevertheless, it isn’t the end of the road for the adventurous as it is possible to upgrade HTC One X/X+ to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat unofficially through Custom Mods such as CyanogenMod.
The Jelly Bean update brings a host of new features to the early 2013 Sony Xperia handsets which includes the latest UI for its native apps such as messaging, camera, Walkman & Xperia Themes. It also gets Sony’s Smart Social Camera and a smoother experience thanks to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean’s project butter.
To update, we would recommend doing it through Sony’s PC Companion which can be downloaded here.
As promised by Sony earlier, the Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra is finally getting its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. This is followed by its rival manufacturers releasing their Android 4.3 updates for their respective HTC One and Galaxy S4 devices not too long ago. The new update for the Xperia Z1 & Z Ultra is said to deliver a smoother UI experience thanks to Jelly Bean’s Project Butter performance.
Apart from that, Sony has enhanced its built-in apps such as WALKMAN, Album, Movies and now comes with more interface customisation with downloadable Xperia UI Theme packs. For the 6.44″ Xperia Z Ultra, it finally gets the Sony Smart Social Camera which was first featured on the Xperia Z1.
At time of writing, the update is not available Over The Air (OTA) for Malaysian users. However you still can update your device manually through Sony PC Companion software that can be downloaded here. The new update on the Xperia Z1 carries the version number 14.2.A.0.290.
UPDATE: We’ve pitted the Xperia Z1 against the Lumia 1020 and Galaxy Note 3 in another camera shootout. Find out how does it compare after the new software update here.
The 20.7MP shooting Sony Xperia Z1 has just gotten an update which brings the firmware version up to 14.1.G.2.257. Camera performance is expected to receive a boost which is very much needed to close the gap with its competition.
So we’ve finally updated ours through the desktop PC Companion software and we’ve compared some shots taken before and update the software update. However do note that there’s some slight lighting variations as there’s a 30 minute difference between the 2 shots taken. On some shots, it does appear that the Xperia Z1 is able to capture more details but at some shots, the difference is barely noticeable. Comparing the 2, it does look less smudgy especially with low light shots.
Overall, we believe there’s still room for improvement on the Xperia Z1 and now they have another direct challenger in the form of the Lumia 1520 which also comes with a 20.7MP camera but with a smaller 1/2.5″ sensor. Watch this space as we will conduct another round of camera shootout against the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
For Xperia Z1 owners out there, do you face significant quality improvements? Drop your thoughts in the comments below and it would be great if you can share some sample shots as well.
Head after the break for sample comparison of the Xperia Z1.
UPDATE: The update is available for Malaysia but you will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to get it. Thanks anybody from the comments section for the tip!
UPDATE 2: Check out our sample comparison of the Xperia Z1 after update over here.
The Sony Xperia Z1 is Sony’s attempt of making a high-end camera smart phone with a larger 1/2.3″ sensor, Sony’s G-Lens and Bionz imaging processor that’s capable of shooting at 20.7MP. While the specs look impressive on paper, the Xperia Z1 left a lot to be desired in our recent camera comparison test against the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
The software is likely to be responsible for its sub-par photos and Sony claims that the camera would be improved with its upcoming software update. So is the new update any better? A Xperia Z1 user at XDA Forums has managed to test out the new firmware and it looks like the answer is yes.
From the 2 sample shots, it does look clearer and sharper than before. In his comparison, the old shot was taken using 14.1.G.1.534 firmware which we are currently using while the new firmware carries the version number 14.1.G.2.257. Although it won’t perform anywhere near the epic Lumia 1020, at least this would probably set the Xperia Z1 further apart from the 13MP shooting Galaxy Note 3. It is worth pointing out that the new 6″ Lumia 1520 packs a similar 20.7MP rated shooter but in comparison, its sensor is slightly smaller at 1/2.5″.
Check out the samples of the updated Xperia Z1 after the break.
Sony has announced that it has started rolling out a new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update for its current Sony Xperia Z1 flagship device. The new update is said to have improved its camera algorithm for better performance. Its Social Camera platform is also improved making its camera apps such as Burst Mode, Superior Auto, AR Effect and Panorama mode to run more smoothly.
In addition, the display is also tweaked for better viewing while power management is improved for better battery life. The larger 6.4″ Sony Xperia Z Ultra will be updated as well with improved touch screen sensitivity towards touch, various pens & styluses. So far they didn’t reveal market specific roll out dates and hopefully they would this get it out soon in Malaysia.
In our recent camera comparison test, the Xperia Z1 sample photos left a lot to be desired. Hopefully with this update, the Xperia Z1 would redeem itself as a compelling imaging smart phone.
HTC One users in Malaysia should be receiving a notification soon as HTC has started rolling out its latest Android 4.3 update to international units. This is the 2nd major OS update since its debut with Android 4.1.2 out of the box.
At time of launch, its direct competitor the Galaxy S4 was already rocking Android 4.2.2 but HTC has managed to catch up a few months later with an update that brought a host of new enhances to its Sense 5 interface. Currently HTC hasn’t reveal roll out dates specifically for Malaysian users but it is expected within the next couple of weeks. Just keep on eye for software update notification.
Meanwhile the previous flagship HTC One X has finally received its Android 4.2.2 update which comes with Sense 5. If you haven’t receive it yet, you can head to Settings > About > Software Updates. Thanks @kok_hong_tan for the heads up!
HTC has finally rolled out its Android 4.2.2 update to users in Malaysia which brings a host of new improvements.
Some of the obvious additions are:
Quick Settings Panel, accessed from the drop down notifications bar
Able to activate “press and hold Home button” for menu
Show battery percentage level in status bar
Press and hold to lock camera Auto Exposure/Focus
Additional HTC Zoe Themes
For those that often use Zoe to create highlight videos, the new update seems to have fixed the bug which tends to include non-selected items in the video making process.
HTC One owners in Malaysia should be notified on the software update yesterday. To get the update manually, simply go to Settings > About > Software Updates. You’ll need to download the first minor update of 1.47MB, followed by the actual Android 4.2.2 upgrade. We would recommend downloading this via WiFi as it is 440MB in size.
Some screenshots of the HTC One’s Android 4.2.2 interface after the break.
The HTC One which currently runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean will be getting an update pretty soon. Before it gets rolled out to users particularly in Malaysia, details of the new Android 4.2.2 update have already being surfaced.
Among the new enhancements is the addition of having a percentage on the battery life at the top and the ability to customise how the Home button should behave. At the moment, there’s no way to physically press for menu button but with the new update you can enable “press & hold” on home button for menu.
While the HTC One interface is sleek, it lacks toggle switches for your WiFi/Bluetooth and various options on the notification bar. The new update will offer just that which makes setting change easier. There’s also Android daydream and other small touches to improve the Sense UI.
If you can’t wait and feeling adventurous, you can try your hands on the Custom Android 4.2.2 ROM for HTC One over here. Thanks @Azwraith7788 for the heads up!