Sony Xperia ZR who can’t wait for a software upgrade on their smartphone can now opt to install Android 4.4.4 KitKat via custom ROM.
The Sony Xperia ZR became available in the market on June 2013.
Originally, the smartphone runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and then an official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update was released, as noted on the specs list posted on GSM Arena.
Sony is planning to upgrade the software of the Xperia ZR to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
According to International Business Times, the tech and electronics titan is currently working on the latest Android OS “and has promised something special for the fans to welcome the upcoming holidays and the New Year.” While waiting for the official update, fans can choose to install Android 4.4.4 KitKat firmware on Sony Xperia ZR using the CyanogenMod11 M12 custom ROM.
Aside from the usual enhancements, the CM11 M12 firmware provides a fix for the POODLE issue.
Accordingly, this vulnerability can be found in SSL or Secure Socket Layer v3 protocol of most of the Internet browser programs.
For those who do not have an experience yet on how to install Android 5.0 Lollipop update using a custom ROM, head over to this IB Times guide .
Also, there are important requirements to satisfy prior to the actual installation process.
First, enable the USB Debugging mode on the smartphone by going to Settings and then to Developer options.
Also, there should be at least 80 percent battery level during the process.
Any kinds of interruption such as smartphone suddenty turning off due to empty battery can potentially damage the smartphone.
A backup of any relevant files is also necessary.
Android experts are recommending the use of custom recovery tools like TWRP or ClockWorkMod to create the backup.