Root available for Xperia Z2 firmware 17.1.2.A.0.314

by XB on 20th July 2014

in Tips & Tricks, Xperia Z2

xperia-z2-heroA new firmware update recently started to roll for the Xperia Z2 (D6503) in the form of build number 17.1.2.A.0.314. Whilst the Android build remains at version 4.4.2 KitKat, Sony did work through a number of changes including improved voice call quality, touch performance and charging when the battery is low.

One of the issues for some, was that none of the recent root methods worked on this latest firmware. However, thanks to Japanese developer ?@cubeundcube this is no longer an issue. An update to his rootkitXperia tool kit manages to root the Xperia Z2 without any issues, even for those with locked bootloaders.

If you want to download rootkitXperia head over to ?@cubeundcube’s download link (mirror). Find further information in the XDA links below.

Via XDA (1 and 2).

Thanks Fareed!

  • Abdul Ghani
  • It has been news that Sony has hired an “expert” to work in the camera software. just wait …

  • John Zakaria

    That guy is Awesome instead of using Kingo or Vroot he had rooted the ZR on the 4.2 and now it will work with 4.4 cause it uses the same exploit as towelroot

  • Aiden Pearce

    Damn the update for half of the world id no where to be seen…and there is root now….!!!

  • Luca

    Does rootkitXperia work with Xperia SP on locked bootloader?

  • roeshak

    Sorry don’t agree with you. The z2’s lowlight samples are some of the best of any smartphone. 1020 included! In deed the image processing algorithms you criticise are there precisely to suppress noise levels. That aggressive noise suppression is what blurs out the fine details. It’s a trade off, you either find hardware solutions or you look for software based solutions.
    Nokia’s gone with hardware and although that produces the best results overall, you end up with a huge bump and a thick device. Sony’s gone with software solutions for stabilisation and for lowlight performance to maintain the look and feel of a phone with a good camera rather than a camera that can make calls.
    There’s no smartphone I’ve tested so far that comes any where near the z2’s lowlight performance. I had to take certain shots indoors repeatedly on the iPhone 5s and S5 to get a usable picture while the z2 handled those same shots just fine.
    If you stay away from full auto tweaking white balance and exposure as you go along, the camera will not disappoint. Unless that is, you have great need for 100% crops. The processing suppresses noise thereby blurring out the finer details so it’s not the best phone for that sort of editing.
    There maybe a lot of phones that’ll give you better cropping but there’s more to image quality than that and most of them suck under lowlight. Especially natural lowlight conditions but the z2’s OK here.
    I think you’re just obsessed with fine details. The best thing for that is a dslr. Can I ask how many times to use 100% crops?

  • Abdul Ghani

    Z2 camera good lol next joke please

  • roeshak

    Why are you going to gsmarena? Can’t you check things out for yourself? Even If you want to list techblogs, then pocketnow, the verge, CNET, and android authority all say the z2’s got the better shooter precisely because of the difference in lowlight quality.
    You’re just complaining without fully understanding what you’re complaining about.
    The biggest criticism I’d make of the z2’s camera is the auto mode. It’s worse than what other manufacturers have to offer. With manual settings, there a few cameras aside from the Nokias that can stand shoulder to shoulder with the z2.
    Gsmarena just upload any old blurry image they take with the z2 because they’ve got their own motives.

  • Abdul Ghani

    Ive tested myself too gsmarena phonearea android authority have said the same thing What I found in low light shots the level of grain and noise is high plus I also tested z2 with lg g3 and one plus one and without flash one plus one gives so much details in low light kills z2 this is only because of good software in one plus one……….. Sony is a joke now making excellent hardware and cannot give good software…… If u want ill upload 100% crop of z2 its like rough paintings lol

  • Abdul Ghani

    Plus I literally own now xperia arc xperia s xperia tx z zr z1 z1c Nokia lumia 1520 my friend has z2 from all of them 1520 has better results and second place is xperia arc in low light shots and it has a inferior hardware but superior software

  • roeshak

    I think you must have been watching very different reviews and comparisons from Android authority. Against s5,Joshua went with z2, and against g3, he also said z2 had the better camera. It was clear from the samples he showed too.
    Underkg in his g3 review, said it had extremely poor lowlight performance.
    Get your head away from gsmarena and such like!

  • Abdul Ghani

    Well I don’t care what gsmarena and you are saying because in my personal experience and the fact is Sony camera software is poor and you can’t change the fact by supporting the poor software enjoy your oil paintings

    Gsmarena is just an example

  • roeshak

    No oil paintings here. Just very good and artistic pictures with an impressive shallow depth of field. Don’t even know why Sony bothered with the defocus app when the camera does such a good job at bokehs on its own.
    If Sony needs to do something on software, it’s to scrap superior auto until they come up with something better and leave manual settings by default.
    I don’t ever use 100% crops so I can live with the loss of fine details especially when there’s a notable improvement in lowlight performance as a direct result.
    Go back and watch the AA z2 vs g3 review and you’ll see the z2’s camera outperforming the g3s.
    I’d understand your point of view of you were using the lumia 1020 as a reference but lg g3?
    Come on!!!

  • roeshak

    You’re impression of photos are obviously very different to mine if you think the arc takes better lowlight photos than the z2. Sony got away from the processing of those older devices to improve lowlight especially.
    My old xperia s in broad daylight took photos with much more detailed crops than either my z or z2 but it got completely spanked once I went indoors. The arc was one of the Sony devices I skipped but I can’t imagine it’s picture quality was any better than the S which was newer.
    There’s more to photography than who’s got the best crops. Who wants noisy details? The fine details are not seen anyway unless you start cropping far but noise can ruin a photo even at zero crop. The S was as noisy as hell indoors. Who wants to go back to that because of very fine details?

  • Abdul Ghani

    Haahahah lol artistic painting lol omg and xperia s was best for indoors vs z2 and to proove what I am saying about z1…… And z2 software is bad

    Now please just admit that Sony software is crap or love the paintings Sony is providing now lol

  • roeshak

    Xperia s best indoors? Now I know you’re just talking pure nonsense. The S’s lowlight samples are a noisy mess.
    Let’s just agree to disagree and move on shall we lol

  • Abdul Ghani

    Ohh come on you noob xperia s had the best software when it was on ice cream sand sandwich after jelly bean it got ruined I think u never owned xperia s

  • Naail Zahid

    I agree, the camera software is terrible as it is, but signing this petition won’t do a thing as all past petitions have led to nowhere.
    Sony should realize the post processing software is crap, and we will probably never get new software as long as people keep their mouths shut. Shocking that oppo and iPhones do what Sony can’t with sonys own tech :(

  • Abdul Ghani

    this cat pick is by xperia s when it was on ics now this is z2 pic normal and 100% cropped dont try to defend horrible sony software

  • shahab

    nokia 1100 is the best product made by nokiA

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  • roeshak

    Stop using full auto. The z2 can do much much better than that. Poor pictures taken by a poor photographer. The proverbial bad workman blaming his tools lol!

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  • Afzal Zainal Rddz

    Z2 sample shoot with backgound defocus. Still love it even it was not using full scale pixel. :-)

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  • shahab

    dose not worked in 64b windows 7 ??????
    i cant root

  • RoberMC

    Please, don’t feed the troll, and let him shoot with the Arc S, or with the K750i

  • roeshak

    Apologies I was trying to reason with him but it was a stupid move on my part. Over now!

  • Dion

    Just use towelroot rooted my locked Z and SP with no issues

  • Luca

    Yeah, I towelrooted today and it’s perfect

  • xperiafan324

    When? I mean apart from their regular turnover and stuff? I know that Apple snatched up that PureView guy, haven’t heard a thing about Sony.

  • xperiafan324

    Where exactly did you focus your shot?

  • xperiafan324

    You know if you’re really looking for support, it goes a long ways to actually respect the people who care enough to actually say something. Calling someone a ‘noob’ when he/she is giving you legitimate advice is uncalled for.
    My 2 cents, use another camera app, namely Google Camera, Camera 360 Ultimate or A Better Camera. I have used the latter two on my entry-level chinese smartphone with an 8MP Sony sensor that comes with a pretty bad camera app (if anyone tells me how I could find the exact model of the camera module, I’ll post it here), Camera 360 Ultimate has much better quality when using ‘None’ filters (I mean noticeably better, better detail, less noise, truer colors etc.), and A Better Camera is also pretty good, but the UI is cumbersome and I found its freemium nature off-putting as a regular use app.

    Take a photo under the same conditions with the different apps, to see if that helps. I’ve been using Camera 360 Ultimate for awhile now, because it is easy-to-use, feature-rich and completely free.
    Would also appreciate you posting those comparison shots here.
    Obviously none of this would make a Night and Day difference (since Sony is the only one who controls the camera firmware, and in turn, a ball park estimate of the quality. But it should help in the meantime.
    And keep the petition going, if we shout loud enough Sony is bound to notice its fans.

  • K?stutis Buivydas

    This helped me root my Sony Z2 ^^ and it works just fine ;3 ^^

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