Sony is looking to its popular PlayStation 4 for design inspiration with its Xperia smartphones. The company is bundling a PS4-inspired user interface with Android KitKat 4.4 and other updates for the M2 and M2 Dual.
In a blog post Monday, Sony championed the update as a visual improvement, although did not offer any specific images or examples.
The blog post teased a new experience, saying "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."
The update also brings tweaks to the Status Bar, Quick Settings, and several Sony-specific apps like Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, What’s New, Battery STAMINA Mode, WALKMAN (yes, it still lives on), Album and Movies.
The M2 phones also get access to Xperia Themes, customizable UI packs that have proven fairly popular with over 2 million downloads.
Getting the latest version of Android is always a positive, as it improves compatibility with Play Store applications and usually results in a smoother running device. It also is welcome news for Sony Xperia owners, who recently learned of the the demise of PlayStation Mobile.
As is often the case, the timing of the update varies by market and carrier. Head to the Sony blog for a complete rundown.