Sony today announced that it is rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for its mid-range smartphones — Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 Dual. The company mentioned that the roll out will happen in phases, depending up on the market and carriers.
Sony has mentioned in its blog that the update will bring along even more intuitive status bar and quick settings mode, which can be customized further. It has added a Sony PlayStation 4-like sleek launch animation and live wallpaper across the lock and home screens, and an option to move applications from internal memory to SD card. The company also says that it has brought relevant improvements and changes to several native apps like Messaging, Smart Connect, TrackID, Sony Select, and Battery STAMINA Mode and Sony’s Media apps like Walkman, Album and Movies.
To recap on the specifications, the Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 Dual vary on the basis of number of SIM card support. Both of the phones come with a 4-inch WVGA display with 233ppi, are powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8210 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and have 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage with external memory support for up to 32GB using a microSD card. Other features in the phones include a 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1,700mAh battery which offers up to 9 hours of talk time and up to 551 hours of standby time. The phones lack a secondary front facing camera. Connectivity options in the phones include 3G (HSPA+), support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
These smartphones were launched for Rs 9,490 and Rs 10,490 in India in March this year, and were placed against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2. Now with the release of the newer version of software, these smartphones will also compete against Motorola’s Moto G as well as similar local offerings running on KitKat iteration.