The Xperia Z is Sony’s flagship device for early 2013. The device is dominated by a 5″ 1080p display, featuring an incredibly high pixel density of 441 ppi. In order to power such a screen, the device features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, backed by the speedy Adreno 320 GPU. The Xperia Z also features 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot capable of taking up to 32 GB. The svelte 7.9 mm device not only packs high end specs, but is also water and dust-resistant. Boasting IP55 and IP57 water resistance ratings, Sony claims that it’s able to withstand shallow submersion for up to 30 minutes.
Sony Xperia Z comes with Sony’s own firmware. Recently, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions were released which gave users the stock Google experience for both these devices. Unfortunately, no such edition was available for the Sony Xperia Z. However, XDA developers have managed to create a Google Play Edition for the Xperia Z phone to give a stock experience to the users. In this guide, we will see how to install the Google Play Edition ROM on Sony Xperia Z.
Disclaimer: Follow the instructions at your own risk. The writer cannot be held responsible for any bricked or unusable devices. Even though the chances of your Smartphone getting bricked are negligible, the owner of the device must take full responsibility of it!
Pre-requisites and Backing up your Xperia Z:
- Make a Backup of the SMSs, Call logs and Contacts using the Super Backup App
- Make a Backup of the data on your phone
- Enable USB debugging on your device
- Make sure the device has at least 60% charging
- Backup WhatsApp messages on Android Smartphone and Email
- Xperia Z bootloader must be unlocked
- Xperia Z must be rooted
- Custom Recovery like CWM or TWRP installed
- Google Edition ROM zip file
Steps to Install Google Play Edition ROM on Xperia Z:
- Create a Nandroid backup from recovery, in case anything goes wrong.
- Download the Google Edition ROM zip file and place it on the SD card of the phone.
- Switch off the phone and boot the phone into Recovery mode.
- Then perform full data wipe task. To do so, click “Wipe Data/Factory Reset”, then choose “Yes” on next screen to confirm.
- Next, wipe the cache and the dalvik cache. Also format the system.
- Now go to “Install zip from SD card” and then “Select zip from SD card”. Choose the file downloaded in step 2.
- After the process is complete, reboot the phone.