The FreeXperia team, a group of CyanogenMod Xperia Maintainers, has released unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 11 for several Sony Xperia devices for those keen to try out Android 4.4 KitKat before an official, stable version is available. The team recently published early builds of CM11 for the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia T, and Xperia V, with releases for the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra also on the way.
As we know, CM11 is still under development, with no clear time frame for when it will be ready, and so, these early builds for the Xperia devices are potentially unreliable. For now, the ROM may be too unstable to be used as a daily driver. It is therefore not recommended that anyone but the daring try installing it on their device.
Initial reports from XDA members suggest that the latest build for the Xperia Z works great and with very few problems, but caution is advised. As always, we don’t encourage the installation of custom ROMs without a certain amount of technical know-how, and a reminder that going ahead with such an install will void your device warranty.
Those of you who are willing to install the unofficial CM11 builds on their Xperia devices will get to enjoy many of the new features of Android 4.4 KitKat, giving users a taste of the new version of Android long before official update is available from Sony. You can find them here.
Of course, if you’re willing to wait, Sony has already announced its update rollout plans for its Xperia smartphones.
If you test it out, let us know how it goes!