Android 4.4 KitKat comes to several 2011 Sony handsets, unofficially of course

by: Andrew GrushDecember 2, 2013


Just last week, Android 4.4 KitKat came to several newer Sony Xperia devices via unofficial builds of CyanogenMod 11. For those with Sony handsets from 2011, now it’s your turn to get your hands on unofficial CM11 as well!

Thanks to the LegacyXperia Project, the following devices can now get Android 4.4 KitKat via CM11: the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Neo, Neo V, Mini, Mini Pro, Active, Xperia Pro, Xperia Ray and Live with WalkMan.

While the ROMs are said to be reasonably stable for early builds, it’s important to note that several features aren’t working on these legacy device ROMs including FM radio, 720p video recording, HDMI and Wi-Fi tethering. Wi-Fi is working, but not without some bugs.

Whether or not the updates are good enough to be daily drivers depends on if you’re willing to live with a few quirks or not. As always, proceed with caution and the understanding that things can (and do) go wrong when it comes to the ROM scene. For more details on what to expect, you’ll want to head on over to the official LegacyXperia Project site.

Has anyone tried any of the ROMs on their 2011 Sony device? If so, how was your experience and would you recommend installing the ROM to others? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Davide Brutti

    Nothing for Nozomi – Xperia S?

  • Master of Bisaster

    Guess what I am running on my Arc S right now? KK! It is a great job done by LX, and a blame for Sony :D

  • Mahmoud

    yes now i am runnig KitKat on My Xperia Neo :)

  • Alex Ohannes

    I’m waiting for someone to make a 4.4 ROM for the Droid2.

    • Jayfeather787

      For the droid 2? Ha, that phone won’t get jellybean, let alone kit kat unless you are lucky. I have the Droid X, and it’s still running ICS, its pretty much dead.

      • Alex Ohannes

        If the OG Droid can run 4.1, then I think the Droid2 should run 4.4 just fine.

        You said you have the Droid X. Technically, the Droid2 is a about a month newer than the Droid X, so I don’t know why you are giving me such are hard time for owning an old phone. :)

        • Jayfeather787

          I am sorry, I think I phrased my comment incorrectly. I never intended for you to feel I was giving you a hard time on your Droid 2. I think it’s a great phone, like my Droid X, which is older and slower. While both of our phones should kit kat just fine, as the hardware is definitely capable of doing so, I highly doubt my phone will receive a kit kat rom, as no one really devs for my phone any more, and I guess I was being an idiot, and thought that you would not see kit kat either because I do not see a jellybean rom, so I though development had stopped at ICS for your phone. Who knows, someone might build one for your phone.

          • Alex Ohannes

            Hopefully so. I’m in the market for a Droid X to tinker with. Is ICS as high as it goes with the DX? I recently tried out CM10 on my OG Droid, but it had WiFi issues and battery life issues (obviously). I’m betting that the OG Droid has a stronger cult following than the DX, but still…one can hope.

            It gets me genuinely mad when I find ROM release posts on XDA from 2011 and 2012 with dead links. Why does no one see the value of old (and might I add 100% functional) electronics anymore? We’ve gone from “it just works” (yes, I know) to “it has to work better than anyone in the work actually needs it to, and since it is, you should buy it”.

            All of this much-too-common ungratefulness for technology saddens me.

          • Jayfeather787

            DX latest rom is ics. I was looking through some source code on github, and found jellybean source code for Jb on the DX. I completely agree about the old phone thing. The best thing about android is that any version of android can be put on any device. My samsung galaxy exhibit 4g, (1ghz single core snapdragon s2 512 mb of ram adreno 205) has kit kat, and the only reason it does it probably because the phone is newer than the droid x. I would love to build kit kat roms for my droid x and maybe even your droid 2, but I am 1) a noob, 2) don’t have a machine to build it, and 3) in middle school :) Im not saying age is a factor, II’m saying I have a shi*load of homework.

          • Alex Ohannes

            Don’t feel too bad. I’m a noob too, probably more than you are. I just happen to be really good at following written instructions.^^)

          • Arjun Balan


  • Damian

    shame the x10 didn’t make it

  • Sharath

    Not just 2011,but also 2012 devices P,U,Sola,Go

  • 3andala

    Yes running now om my Xperia Arc S works perfect
    Its awesome for first version anyway i recommended for daily use

  • youguess

    Yes kk on arc s but severe battery drain…so still waiting for better version..let mike make it near perfection

  • Muts Yamazaki

    Yes, it’s perfect enough for my Xperia Pro MK16i.

    • kiwa

      how you do it

  • Lightness Revant

    wifi tether not work on my XPERIA RAY with CM11 4.4.2 kitkat
    anybody got some ideal?