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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

So you have a Sony Z* and was wondering what Kit Kat 4.4.2 gives you?

Here are some screen dumps of a Sony ZL with a fresh install of 10.5.A.0.230.

Unfortunately, as always really, 14.4.A.0.108 (Kit Kat 4.4.4) is available for some Sony models. It would be nice to cover this version but it is not available for the ZL C6503 yet. And even if you get a copy the exploits won't be ready yet so you may not be able to root it or add recovery.

The goodish news is that one of the quirks I found with flashtool is that you can "blow" a new OS and deselect the wipe options. I had to do this when installing the wrong CWM recovery and the phone stopped booting. What it did was restore the OS (ROM) but leave my apps and customisation alone so once the phone started it upgraded all the apps and was good to go. I am not sure if this is a valid option but it worked. I am therefore speculating that once I have a copy of 4.4.4 I will be able to use flashtool and upgrade the ROM without having to reinstall the apps. Who knows.

For now, mainly for me as documentation, here is what a virgin copy of 10.5.A.0.230 (Kit Kat 4.4.2) looks like on a Sony ZL using screendumps. Scrren snapshots is a brilliant new feature in the ROM that simply requires you to long press the on/off button and select screen snapshots.

Here goes!


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