Sony Xperia T2 Ultra updated to Android 4.4, adds a plethora of new features

BY Evan Selleck

Published 16 Jul 2014

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Sony has officially announced a new software update for the Xperia T2 Ultra, a device that was released with Android 4.3 a few months after Google officially announced Android 4.4 KitKat. As is generally the deal with Sony, though, the wait is well worth it for any Xperia T2 Ultra owners, as the company has included plenty of new features to sweeten the deal.

Sony announced that the Xperia T2 Ultra, which boasts a large 6-inch display (and its dual-SIM counterpart, the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual), will begin receiving the update to Android 4.4 KitKat today. As usual, the update will be rolled out in stages, so it could take some time before the update lands on your particular handset.

With the update, Sony is including quite a few new features, plus the standard bug squashing and performance tweaks behind the scenes. Owners of the Xperia T2 Ultra that update will notice a tweaked Status Bar, and even the Quick Settings option has been refined a bit. Sony, obviously, points out the live wallpaper in the update, along with an updated user interface, that matches the home video game console, the PlayStation 4. There’s a lot more, so here’s the proverbial laundry list:

  • Google’s Android 4.4; KitKat as standard – bringing performance & UI optimization…
  • 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 livewallpaper across the lock and home screens
  • 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, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, TrackID TV, Sony Select, Smart Social Camera and…
  • Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network cloud service integration* – a more converged and full Sony entertainment experience – Sony Entertainment Network & PlayMemories integration with a more intuitive UI, better download speeds, and more!
  • And proving pretty popular, now totaling 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
  • Sony also confirmed that the Xperia T2 Ultra won’t be the only device receiving a major update, as both the Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 are next on the list to see some software improvements at some point in the future. Of course, Sony’s still shy on any release dates, but owners can at least rest easy that Sony confirmed their update plans at all.

    Do you own an Xperia T2 Ultra? Are you looking forward to this update?

    [via Sony Mobile]