Chirag Khurana

Chirag Khurana is an 18 yr old student, doing B. Tech. Comp. Science at University of Delhi 1st year and a Sony Xperia Smartphone enthusiast. Interested in helping Xperia community. Devices owned : Xperia Z1. Follow him at Google+,Facebook, Twitter

Unofficial CyanogenMod 11 KitKat 4.4 ROM for Xperia Z1 from FreeXperia Team

Xperia Z1 users are still waiting for official 4.3 update from Sony as it is officially due in December as per Sony’s statement on this, users can still get a taste of Android 4.4 KitKat (Not the Chocolate) via some unofficial sources. Yes FreeXperia Team has released an unofficial CyanogenMod 11 KitKat 4.4 Build for Xperia Z1 exclusively.

We posted a while ago about the first AOSP 4.4 “Revolution ROM” for Xperia Z1 from from XDA recognized developer “krabappel2548″, now its time for CyanogenMod 11 ROM, not official though. Many brilliant minds behind the FreeXperiaProject (FXP) team, came up with unofficial CM11 build on the XDA community for Xperia Z1.

As you must be knowing that Xperia Z1 users are facing issues when unlocking bootloader, the same goes with this one as well. It won’t be fixed until Sony comes up with a firmware update fixing this issue. For flashing, check the link below officially from FXP team.

Flashing Instructions and Downloading Package from FXP Team

The CAMERA IS NOT WORKING because bootloader issue persists. And it is a pre-requisite for flashing any CM ROMS. So keep in mind if you are to unlock your device:

  • Do keep a backup of the DRM keys before unlocking the bootloader.
  • If you flash the ROM or rather even unlock the Bootloader you might loose the loose the camera functionality.

Above mentioned ROM is still in testing, so if you are not sure to flash it, don’t do it now; wait for a stable release or an official one from CyanogenMod Team soon ( may be ). All credits to FXP team for their hardwork 🙂

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP RevolutionROM for Xperia Z1 Released – Install it

Officially android 4.4 KitKat is announced for Sony Xperia Z1 but when no ones knows as so far only Android 4.3 is on line of Xperia Z1 due in December ( though no exact ETA is given yet ). A few days ago, we posted that Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP ROM Coming soon for Sony Xperia Z1 from XDA recognized developer “krabappel2548” and today something revolutionary has came up from same dev.

As its very clear from the title that Xperia Z1 users now can have android 4.4 KitKat love on their phone, yes krabappel2548 has released the first pure Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP based ROM for our beloved Xperia Z1.

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP RevolutionROM for Xperia Z1

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP based ROM for Xperia Z1 is named as “RevolutionROM” and is now available for installing on Xperia Z1 but before you install, let us tell you what is working and what not.

It is  by no means a daily driver yet, but progress is super fast and we could expect a very stable build as soon as SONY fixes the Bootloader Unlock Issue. For those who don’t know about the issue, unlocking bootloader breaks the camera at the moment.

Here is a list of working and not working functionality in the build. This ROM is still not stable and is in testing beta phase so far…

Working features

  • ADB
  • Display
  • Touchscreen
  • Wifi
  • Sensors
  • External Micro-SD
  • GPS?
  • Audio playback
  • Cell reception, no data, only messaging.
  • Audio

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP RevolutionROM for Xperia Z1 Released - Install it

Not woking

  • Bluetooth.
  • Video Playback (HW decoder)
  • Camera
  • Calling
  • Mobile Data

How to Install this ROM ?

It’s very tricky to do install it actually so we are not posting steps here, to install and download the packages of this ROM, kindly refer to blow link.

Installation Steps and Downloading Package of this ROM – from XDA Dev krabappel2548

Please flash it only if you know what you are doing.

As you can see many things are working and some are not. So it proves that it is not intended for daily use so far.

[ Credits – XDA Dev krabappel2548

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP ROM Coming soon for Sony Xperia Z1

While many Xperia users waiting in line for the android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for their devices officially by SONY, the XDA community strives to provide latest android build to almost every android device out there in the market. Same is the case with Sony Xperia Z1.
As the device launched with Android 4.2.2 , users are since then waiting for 4.3 update and now they are hoping that Sony might skip the 4.3 update in favor of 4.4 for Xperia Z1. Yesterday we saw Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP KRT16M Stable ROM on Xperia Z “Yuga” by XDA member pabx. Check out the features and bugs of that ROM.

Install Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP KRT16M Stable ROM on Xperia Z “Yuga”

[ UPDATE – 11 November ] 

Android 4.4 KitKat AOSP RevolutionROM for Xperia Z1 Released – Install it

As its well known that Sony Xperia Z1 suffers from a very major issue on the software side, i.e. the bootloader on it cannot be unlocked without breaking the camera functionality. If a users wants to unlock the bootloader, he needs to sacrifice the capabilities of the camera on a CAMERAPHONE. If a users tries to unlock the bootloader without backing up the DRM keys of the phone (its a sort of originality/device-specific signature), he might never get to use exclusive features for Xperia devices like X-Reality engine and all. So one should keep a backup of the DRM keys (or TA partition) safe with him/HER.

We are yet to receive an official word on it soon by Sony, which may be arriving very soon.

Sony announcing android 4.4 KitKat and android 4.3 plans next week – Which Xperia phones will get ?

Thanks to krabappel2548, XDA Developer has come up with a great news for Sony Xperia Z1 users this festive season, especially those who wants updates faster than anyone. He told to his fellow members on XDA that he has compiled the Android 4.4 KitKat from the source build. Initially he faced many problems with compiling the ROM. Later he said that the ROM is being compiled, but the screen is not functional, but later he managed to fix that even.

He Said:

“AOSP 4.4 booting up with display functional

A lot of stuff is still broken, but I’m working on it. I’ll keep you guys updated”

[ UPDATE ] Just now XDA dev krabappel confirmed that, audio, BlueTooth, Video not working rest all stuff is working smooth…

So all in all its a great news for Sony Xperia Z1 users, as the man about whom we talked above is on fire and is soon going to come up with some test builds.

Stay tuned, soon we will bring news on fully working android 4.4 KitKat AOSP ROM on Xperia Z1.

[ via – XDA ]