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Here’s some good news for Xperia Tablet Z owners who like tinkering around with customer ROMs. A test build, release candidate (RC), and a new nightly build of CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2) have appeared on the custom ROM’s download page.

Initially, a test build showed up on the 18th, followed by a release candidate build a couple of hours later. This is an excellent opportunity for those users put of by the sometime unstable nature of nightly versions to test out CyanogenMod on their new tablet, as release candidate builds are considered very stable.

Whilst the release candidate build is already suitable for daily use, a nightly build has also shown up for those of you keen to stay on top of the latest features.

But how come these stable builds were made available so quickly, I hear you ask? Well, don’t forget that the AOSP code was released just a few days ago, and not to mention that the Xperia Tablet Z shares the same chipset as its smartphone brother, the Xperia Z, so a lot of the work had already been done for the CyanogenMod team.

Xperia Tablet Z owners who are eager to test out this custom ROM will have to look up how to unlock the device’s bootloader, but fortunately there’s a handy official guide available from Sony. If you’re all set to flash CyanogenMod 10.1, then head over to the CyanogenMod downloads page for the latest zip files.

Robert Triggs

Lead Technical Writer covering SoCs, displays, cameras, and everything in between. In his spare moments you’ll find him building audio gadgets.