Sony Xperia Go owners can now finally update their smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat and end the long wait for Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean version.
An unofficial CyanogenMod 11 has been made available for Xperia Go users and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat with less of Xperia Home launcher and includes several tweaks that fans love about CyanogenMod custom ROMs.
Here are some notable working functionalities with CM11:
- Multi-user mode
- New kernel version 3.0.101
- Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi tethering
- Audio output
- Transparent bar
- Lock screen widgets
1. Create a manual backup of all data files stored in your Xperia Go.
2. Ensure that the battery level is at least 75 percent to avoid power interruption during the flash.
3. You need to unlock the boot loader of your Xperia Go before you can proceed with the installation. Click here for the Sony's official unlocking procedure.
4. Install a custom recovery tool in your smartphone. Click here for the procedure.
5. Enable USB debugging mode in your device. Go to "Settings > Development > USB debugging."
6. Download the CyanogenMod 11 Lotus Build 4 and the Google Apps package.
Warning: CyanogenMod 11 is a custom ROM and requires manual installation. IBTimes and CM11 developers are not responsible for any damages or errors which may occur on your Xperia Go. Read, understand and follow the procedures carefully to prevent any errors to happen. Do this at your own risk!
1. Connect your Sony Xperia Go to the computer using a USB cable.
2. Copy and paste the CyanogenMod 11 Android 4.4 and Google Apps package to the phone's storage. Do not extract the zip files and simply place them at the root storage, not in other folders.
3. Disconnect your Xperia Go then turn it off.
4. Recovery into recovery mode by pressing the 'power' key while hitting the 'volume up' key continuously until you see the blue splash screen and feel the vibrations.
5. Inside the recovery mode, create an Android backup of the current ROM running the device. Select "backup and restore > backup" to save a copy of the ROM. You may restore it anytime. Use the volume keys to navigate and power button to select.
6. Perform a full wipe in your smartphone. Select "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition" then "advanced > wipe Dalvik cache."
7. Install the CyanogenMod 11 by selecting "install zip from SD card > choose zip from SD card > find the firmware you've pasted earlier > confirm installation." Apple the same with Google Apps package.
8. After the installation, go back to the main menu then select "reboot system now."
9. Your Sony Xperia Go will restart and may take up to 5 minutes before reaching the home screen.
Congratulations! Sony Xperia Go is now running Android 4.4 KitKat with the help of CyanogenMod 11 custom ROM.
For any comments or questions, send your feedback to Droid Cave or XDA developer main thread for Xperia Go.
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