Earlier this month, Sony released a new Android Lollipop firmware for Xperia Z3 and Z2 series devices. The handset maker has confirmed roll out of a similar software update for the Xperia Z1 line-up, such as Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra.
Installing the update will increase the software version to 14.5.A.0.270, which should bundle the changes that includes better performance, speed and bug fixes that exist in Xperia Z3 and Z2.
Following is a rundown of the changes included the new firmware.
- Ensured the lock screen/notification bar does not indicate 'no service' when the device has coverage
- Added a Sony feature; bringing back the "close-all-button" in the activity menu, so you can easily close all apps at once
- Unblocked devices with server policies (such as Exchange Active Sync for e-mail), to enable the new Lollipop lock-screen notifications
- Ensured the LED light is lit across all sound modes - and no longer offset by "silent"
- Made the necessary fixes to enable the easy movement of content from internal memory to external microSD card (something we saw affecting a few devices)
- Improved messaging functionality in Ultra stamina mode – some conversations could not be opened before in Ultra stamina mode
As the update has just started making its way through, it should not take too long to arrive in your region. But remember that the timing and availability of the update will vary depending on market and carrier.
Advanced users looking for the FTF links will have to wait for a while, as the firmware file has been captured only for Xperia Z1 bearing model C6906, by forum member Alvian_P who confirmed that the update is live for Telus Canada.