Not too long ago, Sony unveiled the Google Play Edition of their oversized Sony Xperia Z Ultra with stock Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. The phablet is received the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat, along with the other Google Play Edition handsets.
Recently, the Google Play Edition ROM running on Xperia Z Ultra has been ported to company’s flagship device, Sony Xperia Z1, giving users the ability to install the stock Android on the device. However, do not it doesn’t bring all the goodies you would expect in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
A recognized XDA-Developers member DoomLord, ported the Android 4.4.2 ROM running on Sony Xperia Z Ultra to Xperia Z1. However, it’s not as smooth as you would expect it to be since its unofficial and comes with a few bugs and problems such as broken WiFi and Camera app, which may restrict many users from testing out this ROM.
In case you want to specifically know what’s working and what’s not, here’s a list posted by DooMLord,
- kernel boots
- device boots in OS
- havent tested other stuff
- phone calls work
- bluetooth works
- audio playback works
- video playback works
- 3G data works
- camera doesnt work [for now]
- wifi is probably broken
The developer is working on fixing the issues with the ROM, and shouldn’t be long before all the broken things are working as they should. So far, the ROM is being tested on devices with model number C6902 and C6903. Those who are willing to test the ROM can find all the relevant files and details on how to install it on XDA-Developers forum.
If you’re not good with the flashing stuff, it’s better to stay off these things and wait for Sony to officially release the Android 4.4 KitKat update, which is expected to happen next month. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk, we won’t be responsible if you end up with anything unusual.