Today Sony Mobile has confirmed that they have started rolling Android 4.4.2 KitKat 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update for Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1 Compact. Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update for Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia ZR will be coming in mid Q2 and Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia M2 and Xperia E1 will also be getting Android 4.4.2 KitKat update but no specific date mentioned for them yet by Sony.
Sony has updated the Android 4.4.2 KitKat 14.3.A.0.681 firmware build for Xperia Z1 on it’s software product page. 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update will come soon on Xperia Z1 now worldwide. As we can see currently 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update is seeding. 4.3.A.0.681 firmware is confirmed in France, Vodafone Ireland, Canada on Xperia Z1 C6906, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, Hungary, India.
[ UPDATE – 22 March
] How to Root Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware Android 4.4.2 KitKat
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[ UPDATE – 19 March
] Xperia Z1 Compact 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Android 4.4.2 update rolling
[ UPDATE – 19 March
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Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Update
Look for a PC Companion update notification as shown below and proceed as per onscreen instructions.
You can also SUS to update Z1, update size is 1021 MB.
After updating you will see around 165 applications will be optimized under “android upgrading process”. You will also see NFC firmware getting updated.
Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware KitKat Screenshots
About Phone screenshot below.
Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware Software info below
Software Version – 1272-6084_14.3.A.0.681
Customization Version – 1277-2364_R4C
Download Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf
For Z1 C6902 India / Global
Download C6902_14.3.A.0.681_Customized_IN.ftf – NEW LINK
[ via XDA user Ayush Singh ]
For Z1 C6903
Download C6903_14.3.A.0.681_Generic Fr.ftf
[ via XDA user auras76 ]
Singapore SingTel carrier
Download C6903_14.3.A.0.681_1276-7941_R4C SingTel SG.ftf
[ via XDA user chunlianghere ]
For Vodafone UK carrier
[ via XDA user conan206 ]
Generic MEA Saudi Arabia KSA
Download C6903_14.3.A.0.681_BY_Conan206_Generic MEA_1277-2882.rar
[ via XDA user conan206 ]
Download C6903_14.3.A.0.681_Generic Nordic.ftf
[ via XDA user cklow01 ]
For Z1 C6906
[ via XDA user PherChe ]
For Z1 C6493
[ via XDA user RHBH ]
To install Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf, download Xperia Flash Tool from below and you can also refer to ours manually flashing guide.
How to flash manually Android 4.4.2 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf on Xperia Z1 ?
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
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 14.3.A.0.681 firmware ftf using Flashtool manually ?
Xperia Z 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.
Above mentioned Xperia Z2 features can’t be given by Sony until Xperia Z2 comes in market for purchase.
Xperia Z1 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.
- Background Defocus app added in camera.
Rooting method for Xperia Z1 14.3.A.0.681 firmware will be posted soon.
If any Xperia Z1 user has got 14.3.A.0.681 firmware update then let us know. Post your screenshots and changelog. Drop your comments below.