Sony Xperia Z

Last week we reported that the FreeXperia developer team had released FXP208, a port of CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Sony Xperia Z. Now the team has released the FXP209 update, adding WiFi and sensor support to the mix.

While the new update does address a few problems, the port is still far from stable. Some of the biggest problems center around lagging and hanging issues. Several users have also reported that standby doesn’t shut off the display, leaving it active but ‘black’. Additoinally, the FreeXperia team has yet to get the camera working.

Of course, the port will improve in time and is still new. Just having a CyanogenMod 10.1 port for the Xperia Z already is great news and a strong indicator that the handset’s modding future is bright.

The door is open for modding on the Sony Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z is very developer-friendly, as proven by the fact that FX208 hit before the Xperia Z even became widely avaliable. While Sony handsets have always had very high quality designs, the company seems to really be taking the developer community seriously.

As companies like HTC and Samsung have begun somewhat distancing themselves from the developer community, its great to see Sony doing more to support modding. It also doesn’t hurt that the Sony Xperia Z is a solid handset both when it comes to specs and its attractive exterior.

It will likely be a while before the CyanogenMod 10.1 port is fully stable and has every feature working, but the door for modding is certainly open and you have to wonder if Sony is finally on track for a major comeback. What do you think of the Sony Xperia Z, are you excited about the modding potential of this handset?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • Nick

    My contract is up with Verizon this month. I’m half tempted to buy one of these Z’s and put it on Tmo’s network. Verizon may have a great network, but the more I stay with them, the more I feel like I’m getting raped in the ass.

  • Mike Reid

    I’m hoping for Sony to replace HTC as Android OEM #2.

    HTC is not so hot the last 2 years. Sony is looking great.

    I’m a commercial app dev & I’ll go where my market goes. Sony has become rather dev friendly.

    • Actually, in terms of global shippings of smartphones, Sony is ahead of HTC already. As of Q3 2012, they were number 4 in the global charts, behind Huawei(incredible how they’re in the third spot already). And they are only getting bigger and bigger :)

  • This story made me realize that this site needs more custom ROM news.

    Please! More custom ROM news!

  • sxp

    Sony always developer friendly! allowing to unleash the full potential od Android customization! (cough* unlike Exynos powered devices *cough)
    go to XDA developers and Sony is always the first choice there :)