We knew that Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update will soon come on Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra soon and Sony Mobile has just confirmed on their blog that Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update is rolling now officially for Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra now. As both phones are getting the same Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware so we will stick only one post this time where we will post all about this firmware.
14.2.A.0.290 firmware brings Android 4.3 update on both Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra with lots of changes and updates. Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware is still seeding so might not get the notification all over the world at the same time. Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware has been confirmed on UK, India, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand region on Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. Available via PC Companion and SUS, no OTA seen yet.
[ UPDATE - 20 Dec ]
[ UPDATE ] Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update confirmed in India for Z1 and Z Ultra. 923.4 MB is size.
First have a look at what Sony has to say on this update. Sony Mobile’s official changelog on this Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware Update for Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra.
Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience.
Sony’s Smart Social Camera to Xperia Z Ultra launched.
Tweaked Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID, Sony Select apps.
Sony’s Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies, with Sony Entertainment Network update.
New “Xperia Themes”, with downloadable UI packs from Sony Select app.
Android security enhancements.
Xperia Z1 Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware Update
Connect your Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra to PC companion and look for Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update notification as shown below.
Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware Update Changelog – What we noticed ?
Below mentioned changelog applies to both Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra.
- More calibrated screen display, much brighter now. More White Screen. NO YELLOW HUE ISSUE ANYMORE
- New Option to choose Themes “XPERIA Themes” from Sony select app. Good ones are “paid themes” rest are free which is to be downloaded via Google Play store via Sony select app.
- Bootloader camera bug fixed on Xperia Z1 now the best thing. ( Now Camera works fine after unlocking the bootloader )
- Phone’s UI changes as per theme applied.
- Home screen soft icons and status bar changes as per theme applied.
- One-Hand Keyboard settings in there, so you can type with only hand ( right ).
- Windows Tethering option is there which allows Xperia Z1 to be paired with Windows 8.1+ PC via Bluetooth. You can connect to the mobile network from your PC without any further settings on your phone.
- Movies app 5.3.A.0.18 version, Walkman app 8.0.A.0.4 version, Xperia Home 6.1.1.A.0.8 version and Album app version 5.2.A.1.22 though for some apps higher builds were seen in leaked Xperia Z android 4.3 firmware.
- More Smooth interface, project butter successful.
- Touch screen more responsive now.
- Battery life need to test for the time being.
- Camera pic much better now, less noise was noticed though it is still present there. Camera app UI more smooth now. Change in camera click sound.
- Stock Email app updated.
- Xperia Support app present.
- Better signal reception on 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.
- For Xperia Z Ultra specially Xperia Z1 Sony Smart Camera app now available on it.
Got AnTuTu score of 36125 points on Xperia Z1 Android 4.314.2.A.0.290 firmware
Download Xperia Z1 Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware ftf
For all Xperia Z1 Users who have not got Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update notification yet, can download the ftf file from below link and flash it manually on your Xperia Z1
Download for Xperia Z1 C6903
Below file is extracted from :- Software version 1274-8313_14.2.A.0.290, C6903 LTE BRANDED, Customisation - 1276-0815_R1B, Vodafone UK
Download C6903_14.2.A.0.290_Vodafone-UK.ftf [ Updated ]
[ via XDA user gregbradley ]
Below file is extracted fro 1274-8313_14.2.A.0.290 EURO – user, C6903 LTE UNBRANDED, Customization Version: 1276-9897_R2B, Generic NCB
Download C6903_14.2.A.0.290_Generic NCB.part2.rar
[ via XDA user Rekoil ]
Download for Xperia Z1 C6902 INDIA
Android version : 4.3
Baseband : 8974-AAAAANAZQ-10270025-26
Kernel : 3.4.0-perf-g4f35567 BuildUser@BuildHost #1 Tue Nov 19 19:53:25 2013
Download Xperia_Z1_C6902_14.2.A.0.290_GLOBAL-HSPA_IN | 948 MB
[ via XDA Legend DooMLoRD ] MD5HASH: d5c1c0aca979436edda4b85283421bd6
NOTE :- While flashing, Tick “No final verification” in flashtool. Use Latest flashtool only. To keep your apps, data ; Tick “Exclude data” in flashtool
As soon as we get Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware ftf for Xperia Z1 C6902 we will soon update it here.
Xperia Z Ultra Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware Update
Connect your Xperia Z Ultra to PC companion and look for a notification as shown below to update to Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware.
Download Z Ultra Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware ftf
Download C6833_14.2.A.0.290_SG-lte.ftf | 850 MB
[ via XDA user Reb0rn ]
How to Flash manually Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware on Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra ?
Flashing manually don’t require any root or unlocking of bootloader. So juts download the ftf files from above link and proceed as per steps mentioned in below guide.
Meanwhile if any Xperia Z Ultra user has got this Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update notification, kindly let us know we will update the post ASAP.
Main question we want to ask Xperia Z1 users, IS YELLOW HUE ISSUE STILL THERE IN 4.3 UPDATE ON Z1 ? LET US KNOW…
Drop your comments below on this Android 4.3 14.2.A.0.290 firmware update, do you like the flavor of it, what changes and bugs you noticed…While commenting do mention for which device you are talking about. If you want us to add more in the changelog, let us know…