[How to] Install the Google Play Edition ROM (Android 4.3) on Sony Xperia Z

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.

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