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:


Steps to install Android M Developer Preview on Xperia Z1:

  1. Create a Nandroid backup from recovery, in case anything goes wrong.
  2. Download the Android M Developer Preview zip file and Gapps zip file and transfer it to the phone.
  3. Switch off the phone and boot the phone into Recovery mode.
  4. Next, wipe the cache and the dalvik cache.
  5. Now go to “Install zip” and then “Select zip”. Choose the Android M Developer Preview zip file.
  6. Now again clear cache and dalvik cache.
  7. Go to ”Install zip”, then “Select zip”. Choose the Gapps zip file.
  8. Then perform full data wipe task. To do so, click “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”, then choose “Yes” on next screen to confirm.
  9. After the process is complete, reboot the phone.

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