Posted on Mar 19 2014 - 4:48pm by Anurag Kumar

A moment ago Sony officially confirmed that Android 4.4.2 KitKat update rollout for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra has started rolling and it should come to devices very soon ( still in seeding stage ). Sony has also mentioned that they will be rolling android 4.4.2 KitKat for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR in mid Q2 2014 and Xperia T2 Ultra / Dual, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 will also be upgraded to android 4.4.2 KitKat but no specific date for rollout mentioned yet.

Just now Sony Mobile has update the Xperia Z1 Compact latest version on Software page as Android 4.4.2 KitKat, roll out starting date 19 March 2014 with build number 14.3.A.0.681 firmware. 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 has not been spotted yet on user’s handset in regions and as soon as it rolls out we will let update you.

UPDATE – 20 March ] Download Voice balloon photo app from Sony – Smart Social Camera app for KitKat devices

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

[ UPDATE – 19 MarchXperia Z Ultra 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware Screenshots

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 About Phone

2 Tab option is seen in notification panel > Notifications and Quick Settings.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Notification Panel

New Home screen UI spotted with new battery icon, transparent navigation and status bar.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Home Screen

New Start up screen.

Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 Start Up screen

Download Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf for manual flashing

#Commercial and Journalist firmware

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_Commercial.ftf

OR

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_Commercial.ftf
[ via XDA user Jozinek ]

#Generic firmware

Download D5503_14.3.A.0.681_GenericUK.ftf
[ via XDA user Darkimmortal ]

OR

Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.001
Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.002
Download XperiaZ1compact(D5503)_14.3.A.0.681_GenericDE_(1279-6978)unbranded.7z.003
[ via XDA user louis0815 ]

To install Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf, download Xperia Flash Tool from below and you can also refer to ours manually flashing guide.

Download flashtool-0.9.15.0-windows.exe 

How to flash manually Android 4.4.2 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf on Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 ?

Download concerned ftfs from above links.

Note :- No Root Needed. Warranty not void, safe. Works on both Locked/Unlocked bootloaders. Below mentioned guide is for Xperia Z1 and is similar for Xperia Z1 Compact .

Kindly un-check the options “Wipe Data, cache, logs” if you want to protect your phone’s data after flashing.

Guide :- How to flash Android 4.4.2 Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf using Flashtool manually ?

14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update Official Changelog as per Sony.

  • Camera app update to improve overall camera performance.
  • Stock email app is updated.
  • Stability, performance and battery improvements.
  • New Xperia KitKat UI as per Google’s android 4.4.2 KitKat OS.
  • Tweaked status bar and quick settings options. 2 Tabs notification panel included.
  • New UI for Sony Playstation 4. New animation and live wallpapers for lockscreen and homescreen.
  • New Sony Media apps including Walkman, Album, Movies.
  • Sony’s native stock apps updated like Message app, Call app, TrackID, TackID TV, MyXperia, SmartConnect and small apps.
  • New Xperia downloadable themes included.

As per the changelog provided by Sony it is clear that there is No 4K cam app, No TimeShift Video app, No Smart Call Handling app, No Smart Backlight Control, No Glove Mode, No Tap to Wake up feature which is spotted in Xperia Z2 KitKat firmware.

Xperia Z1 Compact KitKat changelog as per users

  • New Homescreen and locksreen wallpapers.
  • Transparent navigation bar and status bar.
  • New Battery icon.
  • No touch to wake up feature.
  • New start up screen.
  • New KitKat Boot animation.
  • Screenshot option in Power menu.
  • Calendar app updated.
  • Answering machine option in call app.
  • Manage notification settings for particular app.
  • Default SMS app settings.

There is no point of giving all Xperia Z2 exclusive firmware features to other Sony devices until Xperia Z2 is available in market for purchase.

We will soon post the Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf and screenshots as soon as it is out.

If any Xperia Z1 Compact D5503 user already got this new 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update then do let us know. Post your screenshots and changelog below. Drop your comments.

[ Pics via XDA user Jozinek ]





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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. oscar March 19, 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Not only changed for z1 compacts.. changelog updated for z1 too

    • Anurag Kumar March 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm - Reply

      Yes I saw, am updating the post for each phone separately so can post the ftfs separately otherwise it will get messy in one post :/

  2. by-kenzo March 20, 2014 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Message font size is very small now ! grrrr Why they change that….. ??

  3. hubandika March 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Hi!

    What does that mean generic or Commercial and Journalist firmware?
    What are these? What do I need? thx

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