One of the main reasons why I prefer Android over iOS is the fact that due to the open source nature of Android, developers usually find a way to port even the latest of firmwares to old, forgotten and/or low budget devices. While often these ports aren’t perfect and the firmware in question loses many of its key features, it does get the job done and give many of us a reason to not to throw out our old smartphones.
The owners of Sony Xperia Tipo should rejoice as thanks to the efforts of the developers over at XDA Developers (namely srl3gx), they can now enjoy the chocolaty goodness of Android 4.4 KitKat in the form of an unofficial Cyanogen Mod 11 ROM. While there are certain issues with the ROM as of this moment such as not being able to use WiFi, Camera, GSM, Bluetooth and vold of your Xperia Tipo, the rest of the ROM is on mark and delivers exactly what is promised.
Now before you go and ignore this ROM for your phone, do remember that this is still an under development ROM and is getting constant attention from the developer in an attempt to overcome all of the above stated problems. With the ROM receiving updates regularly we have no doubt that pretty soon the phone will have all the functionalities any normal ROM can provide.
The procedure to flash in the ROM is pretty simple and routine as anyone who has ever flashed in a custom ROM would know. If for any reason you’re new to the world of custom ROMs, fear not. All you have to do is to follow the easy to follow guide below.
Prerequisites: You will require a custom recovery on your device. It doesn’t matter that if you choose to use CWM or TWRP as both of them will work for this procedure.
- Download the ROM from here
- Put the .zip file into your phone’s SD card and boot into its recovery either manually (restart while holding the vol. up key or by using adb command: “adb restart recovery”).
- Look for the option that states something like: “Apply update from SD Card” and simply select that.
- Wipe your phone’s delvik cache and do a full factory reset and restart.
- That’s it, you will now have Android 4.4 KitKat running on your Sony Xperia Tipo.
Happy flashing everybody and do tell us what you think about the ROM in the comment section below. Also, it won’t really hurt to contribute to the developer’s efforts if you feel like it.