Dev manages to boot 3.0.8 kernel on 2011 Sony Xperia device

by XB on 14th April 2013

in Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro

Xperia miniXda-developer nobodyAtall has managed to do what no one else has done so far, booting a 3.0.8 kernel onto a 2011 Sony Xperia device. He posted a picture showing the 3.0.8 kernel booted on the Xperia mini. The latest official 2011 Sony Xperia kernel is version number 2.6.32.

nobodyAtall (nAa) says that apart from the fact that it boots, few other things are working right now. The kernel does appear to be stable and the drivers are now being ported one-by-one. The first device that will have this kernel is the Xperia mini, although there is no ETA on when it will be released.

The kernel is the piece of software that sits between the hardware and Android system. The advantage of sporting an updated kernel is new features and optimisations. The news gives hope that at some point it may appear on other 2011 Xperia devices, giving them a new lease of life.

Xperia mini

Thanks dugzino!

  • LancerEX

    ICS behaves differently on my Xperia ray (even after having numerous hard resets), compared to local re-branded phones in our country which has even lower hardware power on ICS :( Is Jelly Bean really too heavy for our phones? :(

  • Alaa

    Good News

    Place Sony, Upgrade Xperia 2011 in 3.0.8 kernel to Jelly Bean 4.1.2
    We need some changes and add in new updade
    Pattery Precentage
    Lock Screen
    New theme of sony
    Stamina Mode
    Small Apps
    place Sony

  • Aokde Gharra

    YES! my XPERIA Arc can live to fight another year until my contract ends :D

  • Mehdi Solamannejad

    I’m using an unofficial CyanogenMod 10.1 build and it’s real smooth.

  • LancerEX

    I’d really like to try rooting but I think it’s too dangerous, can I still use Sony’s launcher? :(

  • Siki

    Of course you can!

  • R u kidding?….

  • Alaa


  • Amimanot

    your 1st choice – 3.0.8 kernel, possible but jelly bean, not so much since jb + sony’s customisation would not fit in the 420 MB (arc s, neo v)/ 412MB (other 2011 xperia) system partition
    2nd choice – sony might not be able to fit all that because of the small system partition since after installing the stock ics only 20 MB/12 MB is left

  • maxx

    And where is the new firmware 4.1.b.1.13 for xperia 2011 series ????

  • awesome, gd new for my lww. :)

  • soon, hdpi now getting it, mdpi maybe soon! I think just like last time. :)

  • Andira Muttakim

    He (nAa) is a legend for my e10i… without him I cant enjoy Jelly Bean.

  • Mehdi Solamannejad

    Once you unlock your bootloader and root it, you can literally do EVERYTHING to your phone buddy :)

  • ProWeirdo

    Dude, Xperia S (FLAGSHIP OF 2012) didn’t get Jelly Bean, then why 2011 Xperias would get?

  • NIkhil

    Hope it will bring up some performance improvement to my xperia NEo V and make it smoother… and hope i would able to run Cyanogenmod over it

  • LancerEX

    I guess I just have to approach my knowledgeable friends about rooting. Thanks! :D

  • LancerEX

    That’s great! I thought you can’t install Sony-made apps on custom ROMs :P

  • sanyam jain

    I have a neo V n m quite dissapointed with this phone…i dont know how to root my phone and dont know about further settings..i could not even run temple run 2..wat should i do..will this update come officialy?

  • Babylonbwoy

    CM 10.1 on 2011 device !!!! Are you joking ?

  • In the xda developers

    DooMLoRD: heard something interesting… the JB update for the Xperia S may be releasing by end of NEXT week… and the Xperia P & GO will get JB after the S…

  • Jesse Gregory

    Oh man…. really hope this gets ported to the Xperia PLAY… love this phone, and have no interest in upgrading anytime soon. Crossing fingers

  • Could this POSSIBLY mean Sony’s awesome camera app on Cyanogenmod? Probably not. Meh…

  • nm19891991

    hey guys,,please go to and vote for Xperia Z in the Battle. Just choose the upper circle and then click on the black box.Please Help us sony’s fan.we are all under the family of sony

  • Paul

    Getting rid of the FaceLock feature (which i don’t use at all, doesn’t work when there’s no light) saves additional 24 MB’s. Also getting rid of some wallpapers and unneeded ringtones, would save another couple of MB’s.

  • Paul

    Oh, and the bundled software that’s in two subfolders somewhere in the etc folder, if you get rid of that there are a couple more MB’s saved.

  • Dimos

    Oh my god……Stop it!!!! cant you see you are annoying? when you want to say something about xperia s get on the xperia s posts dont spam on others.. idiots -.-

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  • I’m the only user that never interviewed in that desperate post and comments and I don’t care if have to wait and only post this is here to give a light to those who are desperate and because this is a recent post. Really sorry if I bother u

  • Thx84

    that’s awesome. I’m sure it will make CM10.1 even better than it already is.

  • proparham

    actually im using my customized rom based on cm10 and its even smoother than an xperia s. cm10.1 will completely functional with this new 3.0.x kernel for now its pretty good! im running the dark knight rises @ 1ghz in jb!
    and MC4 @ 1.6ghz !

  • proparham

    if youre talking about sony-based customs , yep u can.
    but if you mean cyanogen mod thats different.but you can have media apps (walkman,…) and the xperia home.
    but with unlocking your bl you will lose trackID and music and video unlimited forever.

  • Cristian Grigorescu

    Ohh, just sold my s2 and bought a neo. I hope i`ll get jelly first :))

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  • zerorated24

    LOL!!! this is a late news!

  • no, actually i’ve been try thit out too.
    and this’s really awesome.

    by cusrom P.A :v

  • I hope, that he’ll fully port it to the end of this year… I don’t wanna change my SEX neo)

  • Mehdi Solamannejad

    No. Just check out XDA forums. Some good stable builds are already out. But That doesn’t go with the whole lineup. Some devices are being worked on to be stable for daily use (:

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