Sony Xperia Z1 was released in September 2013. Xperia Z1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The 5″ TFT display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and is manufactured utlising Sony’s Bravia technology. Internal storage comes in at 16GB, with a further 64GB available with microSD. Z1 has a 20.7MP sensor, Sony’s in-house G lens and image processing algorithms, called BIONZ.
Android M Developer Preview was released a few days ago but it was only for a few Nexus devices. Sony released binaries allowing developers to create Android M developer preview test images for a list of compatible Xperia devices in June. Xperia CyanogenMod Team have built on this and created a custom ROM based on Android M Developer Preview. If you want to install it on Xperia Z1, follow the guide below.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. If the device gets damaged, the writer or the owner of the site must not be held responsible.
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Xperia Z1:
- Create a Nandroid Backup
- Backup and Restore your Android smartphone via Desktop PC
- Backup/Sync and Restore contacts on Android smartphone
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Xperia Z1 must be rooted
- Custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP installed
- Android M Developer Preview
- Gapps zip file
Steps to install Android M Developer Preview on Xperia Z1:
- Create a Nandroid backup from recovery, in case anything goes wrong.
- Download the Android M Developer Preview zip file and Gapps zip file and transfer it to the phone.
- Switch off the phone and boot the phone into Recovery mode.
- Next, wipe the cache and the dalvik cache.
- Now go to “Install zip” and then “Select zip”. Choose the Android M Developer Preview zip file.
- Now again clear cache and dalvik cache.
- Go to ”Install zip”, then “Select zip”. Choose the Gapps zip file.
- Then perform full data wipe task. To do so, click “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”, then choose “Yes” on next screen to confirm.
- After the process is complete, reboot the phone.