Sony Xperia Z users are in for a special treat as they enjoy the privilege of experiencing Android 4.4 KitKat on their devices, thanks to the release of CyanogenMod 11 ROM by XDA Recognised Developer, FXP. The new custom firmware brings the latest features and apps to Xperia Z, despite Sony delaying its official Android 4.4 release until February/March in 2014.
The Android 4.4 CyanogenMod 11 ROM is based on the original Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which introduces a whole new range of exciting features including faster multitasking, enhanced Google Now, immersive mode and smarter Caller ID.
Head over to the XDA developer source page to learn more about the features and enhancements ported into this ROM.
Interested users can follow our step-by-step guide to install Android 4.4 KitKat on Sony Xperia Z using CM11 ROM. IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any device damage during or after firmware installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
- The Android 4.4 CyanogenMod 11 ROM and the instructions given in this guide are meant for the Sony Xperia Z model only. Verify device model number by navigating to Settings > About Phone.
- Back up data and settings using a recommended custom recovery tool, like ClockworkMod (CWM) or TWRP, as it creates a complete image of the existing phone setup. In Recovery, choose Backup and Restore and tap Backup.
- Verify correct USB drivers for the phone are installed on the computer (download Sony Xperia Z USB drivers).
- Ensure USB debugging mode is enabled on the phone, by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (NOTE:Tap the phone's Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings.) Then select the checkbox to enable USB debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
- Make sure the phone has at least 80% battery charge to prevent unexpected device shutdown (due to battery drain) while installing the ROM.
- Ensure the device is unlocked (not locked to a specific carrier) and rooted with latest ClockworkMod (CWM) Recovery (v126.96.36.199) installed. Alternatively, install CyanogenMod 10.2 Nightly which includes CWM recovery v188.8.131.52.
- If the device is stuck at booting or experiencing boot loop issues, perform Wipe Cache Partition and Wipe Dalvik Cache a few more times before rebooting.
- Allow newly installed ROM to stabilise for five minutes before you start working on it.
Steps to Update Xperia Z to Android 4.4 KitKat with CyanogenMod 11 ROM
- Extract the Fastboot and ADB files.zip to a separate folder on your phone's SD card and name it as "Fastboot" folder.
- Extract the contents of the ROM zip file to a new folder on the phone's SD card and then copy boot.img from it to the Fastboot folder (check step 1). The boot.img contains the CWM recovery for Xperia Z.
- Open fastboot folder and then launch command prompt by pressing Shift key and right-clicking on the empty space inside the folder. Now choose "Open command window here" option from the context menu.
- Switch off the phone. Press and hold the Volume Up key on the phone and connect it to the computer with USB cable
- Wait until the LED notification on your phone turns blue. If it fails, repeat the previous step again until the blue LED light turns on.
- Now install CWM recovery by flashing the boot.img file, using the following command at command prompt: fastboot flash boot boot.img
- A finished message appears in command prompt, once the boot.img is successfully flashed on the device.
- Enter the command to reboot the phone from fastboot mode: fastboot reboot
- Once the reboot sequence starts and the violet LED appears (lit only for 3 seconds), quickly tap Volume Up button multiple times to boot the Xperia Z into recovery mode.
- In CWM recovery, select Install zip and then click Choose zip from sdcard. Browse and select the ROM file which you copied earlier to your phone.
- Repeat the previous step to install Google Apps as well.
- Once Google Apps is also installed, perform Factory Reset (deletes all apps, settings and game progress). To do so, choose Wipe data/Factory reset and click Yes on next screen to confirm.
- Return to the CWM Recovery main menu and tap reboot system now. Your phone will now reboot automatically and it may take some time for the first boot to complete. So, leave it alone and do not interrupt the process.
Your Sony Xperia Z is now successfully updated to Android 4.4 KitKat using CyanogenMod 11 ROM. Go to Settings > About phone to verify the firmware version installed.
[Source: The Android Soul]