Sony Xperia Ion gets Android 4.4 KitKat, via unofficial CM11 ROM

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 1, 2014


Owners of the Sony Xperia Ion haven’t seen a lot of love recently, at least when it comes to OS upgrades. Not only did Sony essentially abandon the device after updating it to Android 4.1.2, the device hasn’t seen a lot of community support when it comes to Android 4.2 or 4.3 ROMs, either.

The good news is that the Sony Xperia Ion is now making a pretty big jump, getting its first taste of Android 4.4 KitKat — all thanks to the efforts of XDA member MrGezz and a developer named RaymanFX. The new KitKat ROM comes in the form of an unofficial CM11 build, and is said to be built upon work originally created by FXP for their CM10 builds.

The ROM is technically in the alpha stage of development, but it is actually said to be very stable with only a few documented issues. Most notably, the LED indicator doesn’t show up when charging and the battery percentage doesn’t show up properly in the status bar. Neither of these are exactly deal-breaking bugs, though.

If you’re still rocking the Xperia Ion, you certainly might want to give this one a try. Just keep in mind that things can go wrong when flashing and modding your handset, so proceed with caution. To learn further details or to download the ROM, you’ll want to head on over to the XDA Developer’s forum.

  • Jayfeather787

    This is awesome. Custom ROMs FTW. All my devices have a custom rom, two of the four are running CM11, one is running OmniROM 4.4 Kitkat, and one is running ICS.

    • Luqmaan Mathee

      Which devices?

      • Jayfeather787

        Motorola Droid X: Paranoid Android 1.5 (ICS).
        (My pride and joy) HTC Sensation: CM11
        Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G: CM11
        Nexus 7 2013: OmniROM.

  • Anirudh

    i can pull my sony ion out of the darkness (read drawer ) :P

    thanks !

  • teotsi21

    just the fact that developers wont update old phones. My friend still has an iPhone 4 and yet it keeps getting updates…

    • Lovehater

      With of course lots of app crashing

      • pinna

        lol :D

    • Jayfeather787

      But IOS 7 barely runs on the iphone 4. I have seen one, and it so laggy and a pain to use. It would have been better if it had not been updated.

      • teotsi21

        i have heard of that too, but on my friends device is not that bad, especially after the latest minor update.

    • Azeem

      That wasn’t really a good move on Apple’s part, giving the 4 the ability to update to iOS 7. My sister has it with iOS 7 and wishes she could go back to iOS 6. Battery life is bad and it lags quite a bit. They should have made it for 4S+.

  • adrian strozier

    That is good news for people who still rocks the ion (like myself). After the 4.1.2 update and coming to terms that it will never update past that I switch to the Xperia ZL (which I love) and the Xperia Z1. But now I can dust off my Xperia ion and try out what 4.4 looks like on an Xperia device.