Sony Z Ultra GPe Android 4.4.2 ROM ported to Xperia Z1

by XB on 20th December 2013

in Firmware, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1

Xperia Z1_Android 4.4.2Ever since we first heard that Sony was launching the Z Ultra Google Play Edition, many Xperia Z Ultra owners were eagerly waiting for someone to port over the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM to their handsets. Well, whilst Xperia Z Ultra owners are still waiting, Xperia Z1 owners now have an early port courtesy of DooMLoRD from XDA.

This was made possible as Sony released the kernel sources for the Sony Z Ultra GPe. DooMLoRD modified the kernel sources to support the Xperia Z1 and then managed to boot the kernel. The port is in its early days but a lot of features do work, however this doesn’t include the camera and Wi-Fi. If you want to try this yourself you’ll need to make sure your Xperia Z1 has an unlocked bootloader and follow the instructions in the source link.

Xperia Z1_Android 4.4.2

Via XDA-developers.

Thanks DooMLoRD!

  • mustafa

    Xperia z 4.3 :(

  • Xperia ZL

    Don’t cry :'(

  • Yongt

    Press ^ if you are of the people that are waiting the 4.3 update for Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and tablet Z

  • please 4.3 for xperia z

  • Bahaa Dajani


  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    What’s wrong with Sony! Why is Sony not updating Xperia Z to android 4.3?? Sony! are u sleeping?? Plz wake up. Don’t make us more annoyed. We are waiting fir GOD sake to roll out 4.3

  • amr

    Xperia z 4.3 is a big update it needs a lot of work from sony it contains many features not like the GS4

  • Do people have to hijack every single post with the same crap…

  • lon

    Why sony are so slow in updating our phones :( hayz xperia v owner here

  • Apparently the Xperia S was the most popular phone ever.

  • gunboat_d

    it’s improving. this time last year people were posting “still not update for xperia play? sony sux, i’m buying a galaxy!!!11!!!”

  • Pete

    Apparently my penis was the most popular with the ladies. ;-)

  • doraemonboi

    Have fun with their bloatwares.

  • lon

    I am so very disappointed in sony, it so sloooooow to update our phones,

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  • ibanez7

    Here anyone know this 4.4.2 update included SONY Media app (Walkman, Movie, and Album) ?… or just pure AOSP?

  • hansip

    Man December is still here so don’t you people have some patience? Jeez..

  • Apoorv Deshmukh

    Pure AOSP

  • Gayashan

    We want 4.3 update immediately…we are xperia V owners

  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    This Sony is not only too slow, but also fucking company in updating phones.

  • Martin Ambre

    F U Sony
    i updated my acro S to 4.4.2

  • Brian Byron De Guzman

    I have nexus 7 and Z1, I would never convert my Z Ultra to GPe rom if I do have one. Vanilla android is just too boring for me. I would pick Sony’s UI every single time.

  • Brian Byron De Guzman

    pure AOSP but with X Reality for mobile feature i believe…

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    I donno why people act like a moron regarding updates. Lets get into the past and feel like you have never heard any Rumors of 19th Dec as update’s release date(unofficial). Now think what Sony Said about 4.3 updates and wht Sony has delivered. Z1 and Ultra Already updated, rest of the Z series vl get nice update, December is still on goin. Other Companies have just Changed the android version number in Settings.
    And you people Say Sony is Slow and dissapointing……..
    -“a proud Z owner”

  • LocalPatriot

    We dont get 4.3 just next year… fuck sony

  • Jizie

    Xperia 4.2 can use Multi User too! 8D

  • Prateek Bhanushali

    Its 4.3… Anyways its a New thing here for us :)

  • Jizie

    Nope..It run on my Jb 4.2.2


    Ohhhhh come on Sony waiting for Xperia ZR to get 4.3 already ! ! !
    Even i bought this phone 2 mounthes ago i will NEVER BUY SONY again ! ! !
    I had Xperia x10 mini/ Xperia RAY/ Xperia ZR and now ENAPH for me… Going to buy APPLE IPHONE
    BB SONY for EVER and EVER

  • DuckSick

    “Other Companies have just Changed the android version number in Settings”

    This is a fact ? Do you have any example, link?

  • Sony Ericsson more better

    Yeah..enough for me too!! Slowest company ever!!

  • doraemonboi

    what he meant that, other company just update the android version. no new features.

  • rockky

    Man you Whiners sound like spoiled little kids. You apparently don’t realize that compared to other manufacturers, getting updated now, (even Jan or Feb) is a timeline waaaaay ahead of other companies.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    to all xperia z series owners, PLEASE CALM DOWN android 4.3 WILL come in DECEMBER so Sony still have 10 days left on delievering it! Like many here said, the android 4.3 update for ATLEAST samsung phones dont include any new features just a new android version. Sonys 4.3 update is a huge update on the whole system including apps and app drawers etc. So Sony provide us Xperia owners with more new features then other companies. So Please calm down and wait for the update. 11 DAYS remaining at most! :)

  • Emil Oskarsson

    AND im a proud owner of an Xperia Z

  • ibanez7

    Thank you guys for the info

  • slfl

    I have the Z1 and I havent even got it yet lol

  • m sacha

    So your a whore then?

  • krishna

    How to enable this feature on my xperia ?? or are you kidding us right now ??? :/

  • P9

    the big point that I want android update isSony new ui & feature from newer phone :)

  • P9

    yes it contains sony features

  • P9

    go then, no one stops u, guys.

  • gunboat_d

    you’re an idiot. do you even understand how a joke works?

  • gunboat_d

    sounds like somebody has issues with their sexuality.

  • m sacha

    Nope, completely comfortable

  • hansip

    The Ironic Thing is.. Z Ultra ROM hasn’t been successfully ported to ordinary Xperia Z Ultra.. Oh the irony..

  • gunboat_d

    judging by your comment history, i *totally* believe you have *absolutely* no problem with sex, women, or sexuality. grow up, son.

  • Jizie not..but ur phn must root first…let me know if u want to try it..i will teach u step by step..

  • Daniel Dorestant

    My Z still works perfectly, dont mind waiting

  • Legolas

    its bcz they hav already 1000 features that nobody uses

  • Nikolai ivanov


  • MD

    Connect your Z1 to Sony Companion, it should be available then.

  • fddf

    lol, no…

  • Krishna

    Yep…I wanna learn…pls give the step by step process… Thanks in advance

  • G-NAZI

    *Press ^ if you are among the people WHO are waiting…..

  • Guest

    Because Sony actually do decent updates, if you just want a ton of updates that add nothing, go get a Samsung.

  • Jizie2


  • XSF

    Fck sony giving late update!!! even samsung phone already 4.3 n 4.4

  • Jizie2

    Ouch..i can’t give a my xda Thread link here..
    Try search frm google :

    How to enable Multi User on Xperia works on my Xperia ZL (easy)

  • rmon

    And what about Xperia SP? Sony says “december”, but today is December 23; and Xperia Z didnt get it yet, so Sony is lying to SP users?

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  • Marcy

    a lot of regions (specially unbranded) do not have it yet. Still stuck on 4.2.2

  • Marcy

    Except you can just get a launcher installed. and change your home screen….

  • Giannis Salonikios

    SP who update 4.3 ;;;;;_

  • Brian Byron De Guzman

    I did add a launcher to my Nexus 7, and launchers always may me feel like it makes the device unstable. I would never install launcher to my Z1, I love the interface that sony has. But it is not just about the Sony Xperia launcher, it’s about the whole sony experience with their apps and all.

  • tech4life

    I’m still waiting for 4.3 on my Z1…

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