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Review of Xperia M2 ~ Kitkat 4.4.2 August 19, 2014

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After update of my Sony Xperia M2 to the Android Kitkat official firmware, here’s the primary observation and user experience review.

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Key improvements:

~ the camera software definitely has been tweaked to reduce its high compression ratio for the Superior Auto mode. Now the overall contrast of photos taken is softer with greater details. A good result indeed. The following pics are direct shots taken with Auto mode,

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Auto mode with flash:
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Low & dimmed light Auto shot (flash off) :
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Outdoor under shade,
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Outdoor, (enlarge to see the small prints on billboard)
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Manual setting with enough depth of field,
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~ main apps are running well without issue. Such as Phone, Messaging, Calendar, Youtube, video capturing, Music, games, Google Map etc. etc.

~ wifi reception is superb. Web pages uploading fast.
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~ UI performance remains fluid and responsive on touch screen.

~ however, apparently Sony has done away with Android Run Time (ART) switching option. It could be that Sony has its own software tweaks algorithm.

~ from Quadrant benchmark it is obvious that Sony has further improved Xperia M2’s software optimization by updating to Kitkat 4.4.2
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~ something interesting and unique: by tapping the Setting ~ Android Version you will see the digit of 1; instead of commonly a K symbol. This could mean that Sony is striving towards the 1st place in smartphone software optimization…
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All in all, this update by Sony for Xperia M2 is considered a very good effort, in that it makes the M2 a high value device with many good features (you may refer to the changelog by Sony) and very good performance.

You would like this change ~ that now you can move downloaded apps to sdcard!

For those who get ready for the firmware update, you may want to know what are the preparation works need to be done before you simply plug into the PC… read my last post on this blog.

Oh yeah, there’s no need to do a Factory Reset. Just a kind reminder. The condition is, make sure you prepare your phone properly for it to roll… otherwise, you may face unduly frustration after the update with potential issues.

Some say there’s bugs and Facebook cannot be installed… bullshit. Only if you don’t prepare your phone properly for the update. Look at mine, no problem with Facebook installation.
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